Building Relationships

GRADES 6-8

Learning Goal

Students will learn about other students in their class.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Learn new facts about their classmates
  • Practice having conversations in small groups

Learning Summary

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

The lesson starts with a five senses mindfulness activity. An icebreaker game follows in which students learn similarities and differences in their classroom. You then break students into small groups and pass out a get-to-know-you handout with questions for each student to respond to. A quick discussion follows each activity, allowing students to voice what they learned and how it feels to speak in a small group about themselves.
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