Building Relationships

GRADES 3-5

Learning Goal

Students will learn about others in their class and how to work as a team.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:
• Learn new facts about their classmates
• Create class norms for teamwork
• Practice completing a task in a team

Learning Summary

This lesson helps students get to know one another. Starting the year with relationship-building activities is away to start creating inclusive classrooms.

The lesson starts with a five-senses mindfulness activity. A brief introduction sets the stage for students to reflect on their own experiences being part of a team, followed by two separate activities: one focuses on relationship-building and getting to know each other while the second activity focuses on creating team norms and working together as a team. A quick discussion follows each activity, allowing students to voice what they learned and how it feels to work as a team. Finally, students end by reflecting in their journals.

CASEL Competencies

Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

Classroom Teaching Example