Who Needs Friends?

K, 1, 2

Students discuss friendship, the different kinds of friends, and generate a list of organizations which might help someone find friends. They use their writing skills to develop individual lists of people who have an unmet need for friendship. Using their individually created lists, they generate a class list of organizations that might help people who have an unmet need for friendship that might appreciate receiving the class Friendship Banner made in Lesson Two: Friendship Begins with a Smile.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne Thirty To Forty-Five Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • develop speaking and listening skills.
  • practice writing quickly, for the purpose of taking notes.
  • evaluate a list and select those items on the list that meet certain criteria.
  • work together as a class to generate a master list to use in the following lessons.
  • Writing journals or lined paper
  • Pencils
  • Chart paper
  • Marker


  1. Anticipatory Set: Initiate discussion by asking students if they need friends. Students discuss why they need friends, what friends do for them and what they do for their friends. Are there different kinds of friends? Is there anyone who doesn't need friends? Are there people who don't have enough friends? How can you tell?

  2. Give students this writing prompt:

    When I see someone who is alone on the playground or lunchroom, here are some things I can say or do.

  3. At the end of the writing time, students will pair up and share their ideas with each other. They will use their ideas to make a plan for acts of kindness.

    • Discuss where they can hang their friendship banner to promote kindness among others.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.5 Give examples of actions students can take to improve the common good and list or describe responsibilities that go with those actions.