Friendship Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Jennifer Smith

Jenn has been an educator for 10 years. She has a master's degree in Teacher Leadership and a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and English Language Acquisition.

Friendship seems like a simple concept for students to grasp; however, there are some key ideas that should be taught and understood in order to be a good friend, make a good friend, and keep a good friend. This lesson plan will cover different ideas to help teach students the characteristics of a good friend.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • know how to be a good friend
  • use good friend vocabulary
  • understand how to perform good friend actions


30-60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.


  • friend
  • respect
  • empathy
  • positive


  • 'Bob and Otto', by Robert Bruel
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Happy face or any positive sticker

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