Building Relationships


Learning Goal

Students will get to know other students in their class and identify commonalities and differences. 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Meet two new friends in their classroom
  • Practice having two conversations with peers
  • Identify commonalities and differences with a classmate

Learning Summary

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

The lesson starts with a five-senses mindfulness activity in which students notice things with each of their senses. A brief introduction sets the stage by having students reflect on some of the relationships in their lives. The Munchy and Jumpy story follows Munchy learning to make a new friend who is different from himself. After the story, students get to meet a new friend in the classroom by pairing up and answering questions you provide. A quick discussion allows students to voice how the activity went and how it feels to meet new people. Finally, students end by drawing a picture of themselves having a conversation with one of the friends they met that day.

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