ESL Friendship Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Implementing this lesson plan will help your ESL students understand the concept of friendship. Students will participate in a read-aloud story and vocabulary activities related to friendship.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on friendship, students will be able to:

  • Understand the central message of a story about friendship.
  • Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words about friendship.

Time Length

30-60 minutes

English Language Proficiency/Common Core Curriculum Standards


Construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading, and viewing.


Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.

Lesson Instructions and Activities


Students will be able to understand and use the following key vocabulary terms in context:

  • Buddy
  • Caring
  • Enemy
  • Friend
  • Jealous
  • Kind
  • Loyal
  • Mean
  • Pale
  • Rival
  • Sidekick
  • Thoughtful

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