Friendship Small Group Activities for Upper Elementary
This small group counseling unit includes six weeks of healthy friendship skills. Upper elementary and middle school students will use these friendship activities to reflect on the traits of a good friend. This kit contains everything you need to plan and implement a successful group. You can also use these ASCA-aligned activities for lunch bunch groups.
Session 1: Welcome + What is a Friend?
Session 2: Healthy + Unhealthy Friendships
Session 3: Build a Healthy Friend
Session 4: Ways to Make + Keep Friends
Session 5: Practicing Friendship Skills
Session 6: Review and Termination
Each lesson should take around 30-45 minutes and includes the following:
• Parent permission slips
• Student/teacher reminder notes
• Pre & Post Assessments for data tracking (Use for 1st & last session.)
• Lesson plans for each session with warm-up, lesson, and reflection
• Lesson visuals and activities
• Bonus activities for warm-ups or early finishers
Students will be able to:
classify characteristics of healthy and unhealthy friendships and come up with reasoning to explain why.
identify characteristics of good friends
think about what they value in their friendships and what to look for when making new friends
identify various ways to meet new friends
identify character traits that help you keep friends over time
navigate various situations and problems that might arise when making or keeping friends
identify and maintain healthy friendships