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.
Students will be able to:
- Describe the benefits of healthy peer relationships.
- Describe healthy ways to express affection, love, friendship and concern.
- Explain the importance of respecting the personal space and boundaries of others.
- Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
- social awareness
- relationship skills
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.