Social Skills: Making Friends Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This social skills lesson plan will help you teach your students about friendships. Students will watch a video that explains the three stages of friendship, discuss content, and apply learning with an activity and quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss and define friendship
  • explain the three stages of friendship


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Chart paper and markers
  • Scenario task cards

Key Vocabulary

  • Contact
  • Involvement
  • Intimacy

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


  • Engage students with the lesson by having them brainstorm a list of character traits they value in friends.
  • Divide students into small groups and have them share their answers, noting similarities. Discuss as a whole group.
  • Tell students they will be learning about and discussing friendships today. Number students off one-three and assign the 'one' group the topic of 'contact,' the 'two' group the topic of 'involvement' and the 'three' group the topic of 'intimacy.'
  • Now start the lesson video The Stages of Friendship: Contact, Involvement & Close/Intimate and instruct students to take notes on their specific topic as the lesson plays.
  • Pause at 5:30 and have students meet with others who have the same topic.
  • Tell students to share their notes and work together to record the characteristics of their friendship stage on chart paper.
  • Have students also write a list of character traits of a friend in their category.
  • As students work, circulate the room to offer suggestions and guide work.
  • When students are finished have them share their charts and discuss. Ask:
    • Does everyone have friends in all three categories? Why or why not?
    • How important is it to have contact friendships? What about involvement or intimacy?
    • What role do contact friends play in your life? What about involvement or intimacy friends?
  • Now give each group a set of scenario task cards you prepared, on which are situations such as 'A friend in this stage begins taking drugs. What do you do?' and 'A friend in this category makes fun of your other friends. What do you do?'
  • Give each group time to work out answers then share as a whole class and discuss.
  • Play the remainder of the video and take the quiz together to check understanding.

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