This is a 5 session mini-group designed for 1st-3rd grades. We meet for about 30 minutes and sometimes will add a 6th session for a closure activity like lunch together. I typically have girls in these groups but the activities are not gender-specific.
Session I: Getting Started: First Group Sessions
Explain Group Purpose: Friendship Skills
Icebreaker/Energizer: Feelings Bingo or Helping Sharing Caring Game: I use a prepackaged game as an icebreaker for the group that includes some skill based learning but is mostly fun. You can even use a game hack like Chutes and Ladders.
Session 2: Friendship Puzzles
Review: group rules
Icebreaker/Energizer: brainstorm qualities of friendships
Skill Building Activity: friendship puzzle- on a 5x8 index card draw a self portrait and write your top 5 friendship qualities around it. Counselor cuts the card with wavy lines to make a puzzle. Take turns completing each other's puzzles for fun and talking about one another's friendship qualities. Model this for students "I see that Michaela wrote 'caring' on her card, I see her caring when she opens the door for me in the mornings."
Review: Friendship Qualities
Icebreaker/Energizer: paper clips are like people: pass thru or connect
Skill Building Activity: Body language roleplay- act out friendly body language and unfriendly body language. Talk about the perceptions of others in response to each type of body language.
Session 4: Friendship Blockers
Review: Body Language
Icebreaker/Energizer: If/Then game with happy/sad sticks. Read each of the If/Then statements and ask students to think about the perception of others in response. They can flip their happy/sad sticks and describe how someone might feel in response.
- If you brag about yourself then
- If you bully and push others around then
- If you share then
- If you tattle on others then
- If you play well with others and include them then
- If you give others compliments and say nice things to others then
- If you are grumpy and in a bad mood a lot then
- If you are a sore loser when playing a game then
- If you boss others around then
- If you smile at people then
Review: Friendship Blockers
Icebreaker/Energizer: role play with puppets how you feel when you are rejected
Skill Building Activity: did I do something wrong that wasn’t helpful in making friends? If Yes, fix it OR No, then Role Play with Statements:
- I’ll find something else to do
- They don’t want to play with me but I’ll keep looking and I’ll find someone else to play
- They may still like me but they may have other reasons why they don’t want to play with me
- They may have other things on their mind and may be in a bad mood so I’ll just give them some space
- I’ll keep using my good manners even if others don’t
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