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Lesson 3: Having Friends


In this lesson, students learn about how friends can help them be healthy. They discuss what friends do for each other, how it feels to have a friend and what friends can do that contributes to health. Then they draw a picture of themselves and a friend doing something healthy together.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify the benefits of healthy peer relationships.
  2. Demonstrate how to encourage peers to make healthy choices.

SEL Connection

  • social awareness
  • relationship skills

Time: 40 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • MEH-8: Establish and maintain healthy relationships.
  • SH-1: Establish and maintain healthy relationships.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.1: Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
  • Standard 8: Advocacy
  • Performance Indicator 8.2.2: Encourage peers to make positive health choices.