To know the elements of a positive, healthy friendship.
For children in grades 4-6, friendships assume ever-increasing significance. Friends become a source of support, information, and adventure as well as a testing opportunity for values and beliefs. Therefore, children at this age need to know more about friendships so they can choose them wisely and maintain healthy ones. The essential elements of friendship are shared beliefs and values, shared interests and experience, proximity, and feelings of being cared for and listened tcr-all in an atmosphere of trust. Children can learn to understand these elements by discussing how friends and allies are similar and how alliances between countries are similar to friendships between people.
Discuss the importance of friendships by having students describe qualities about themselves and their friends that help create good friendships. Have them see how the elements just described exemplify the qualities of their friends they described.
Discuss the importance of allies to nations. Write the name of a U.S. ally (example: England) on the chalkboard and discuss how the two countries are friends with each other.
• You might wish to discuss what happens when friends or allies are no longer friendly. Invite students to suggest how they would deal with a friend who no longer wanted to be a friend-or a nation that no longer wanted to be an ally;
Learning to Live Drug-Free, A Curriculum Model for Prevention, U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program