Celebrate friends and friendship with this lesson for primary learners.

Friends together
Author
Katherine Bilsborough

The United Nations declared 30 July as the International Day of Friendship with the idea that 'friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.'

In this lesson pupils celebrate friendship. First, learners are introduced to the topic of friendship through simple drawings. Then they join in a teacher-led discussion about what makes a good friend. They do a wordsearch to find keywords and use these to complete a gap-fill text about what makes a good friend. Finally, learners work in groups, using the ideas from the lesson to make classroom posters celebrating friendship.

Learning outcomes

  • Practice speaking skills
  • Review vocabulary related to friendship
  • Learn about the importance of friendship
  • Use English creatively
  • Celebrate the International Day of Friendship

Age/ Level

5-8 (CEFR level A1+)

Time

50–60 minutes over one or two lessons

Materials

  • Lesson plan
  • Worksheet 1 - Vocabulary activities
  • Worksheet 2 - Poster 

You will also need: 

  • large sheets of paper or card
  • colour pencils or crayons
Downloads
Lesson plan177.6 KB
Worksheet 1172.06 KB
Worksheet 2153.88 KB
Language Level

Comments

Submitted by Maria Adelice … on Tue, 07/16/2024 - 13:45

Thanks a lot for the article and the lesson plan.
My classes will return on July 30th and I will implement this activity with my students, I think it will be very interesting, and then I will comment on how the class went.

thanks.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 07/18/2024 - 08:34

In reply to by Maria Adelice …

Hi Maria

Great! Thanks for the comment and look forward to hearing how it goes with your class!

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Maggie au on Thu, 07/18/2019 - 02:54

Thanks, Katherine for the lesson plan on celebrating International Day of Friendship. The suggested activities make a good speaking and writing follow-up for my impending crochet lesson where I'll get my young charges to crochet a Friendship band. Thanks once again

Submitted by rashed on Sun, 05/06/2018 - 16:12

i could not find the lessons , could tell how can i get ? please

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 05/08/2018 - 13:25

In reply to by rashed

Hi rashed, If you look on the page where it says 'Materials', just below you will see a section that says 'Downloads'. You need to click on the documents to download and save them onto your computer. They are PDF files. Let us know if you are having problems with the downloads. Thanks, Cath TE Team

Submitted by paparazi257 on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 02:40

This teaching method is interesting "Firstly, learners are introduced to the topic of friendship through a simple word game. Then they join in a teacher-led discussion about what makes a good friend. They do a puzzle activity to find 10 key words and use these to complete a gap-fill text about what makes a good friend. Finally, learners work in groups, using the ideas from the lesson to make classroom posters celebrating friendship." https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/friendship

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