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Lesson 4: Getting Along with Friends


In this lesson, students consider what it means to be a friend and the ways friends can support each other and help each other be healthy. They discuss the qualities that make a good friend, the benefits of friendship and how friends show each other they care. They read about expressing care and concern, respecting boundaries and being a good listener, then practice these friendship communication skills through some simple roleplays.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the benefits of healthy peer relationships.
  2. Describe healthy ways to express affection, love, friendship and concern.
  3. Explain the importance of respecting the personal space and boundaries of others.
  4. Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills.

SEL Connection

  • social awareness
  • relationship skills

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • MEH-8: Establish and maintain healthy relationships.
  • MEH-9: Practice habits that promote mental and emotional well-being.
  • SH-2: Establish and maintain healthy relationships.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.3: Identify how peers can influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
  • Standard 4: Communication
  • Performance Indicator 4.5.1: Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.5.2: Demonstrate a variety of healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.
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