Trust Building Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Trust can be a tricky issue for any age, but especially for middle-school students. This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain how to build trust in relationships, then has students do some trust-building activities before taking a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain why trust is important in our lives
  • describe differing types of trust relationships
  • review and apply the steps for building a trusting personal relationship


1 - 1.5 hours

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3

Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Key Vocabulary

  • Stranger anxiety
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Competence
  • Reliability
  • Sincerity
  • Self-awareness
  • Reasonable expectations

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Have students think of the person they trust the most, then give them five minutes to journal about who this person is, what they do to be trustworthy, and how this trusting relationship makes them feel.
  • When finished, divide students into small groups and have them share their journal reflections.
  • Discuss briefly as a whole class. What characteristics do students believe to be trustworthy? How do these trusting relationships make them feel?
  • Ask:
    • How important do you think having trust in a relationship is?
    • Have you ever lost someone's trust or has anyone every lost yours? How did that feel? Why?
    • What do you do that is trustworthy?
  • Share your own examples of trust and trusting relationships if desired to model with students.

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