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TASK CARD 1. Teacher Resource.

Friendship Books Make Friends, Break Friends

Peggy Burns
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Health is multidimensional and influenced by everyday actions and
The dimensions of health include physical (relating to the body), social
(relating to relationships) and emotional (relating to feelings) e.g.
working cooperatively with peers in active recreational pursuits can
improve relationships and physical health and make people feel

Personal Development
Personal identity, self-management and relationships develop through
interactions in family and social contexts and shape personal
Establishing and maintaining relationships involves effective
communication, being considerate of others and respecting differences
e.g. listening, sharing and showing concern, being kind and patient, and
respecting rules, customs and traditions, help people to get along with
Everyday experiences and relationships give rise to different emotions
in self and others e.g. having friends can foster happiness; feeling left out
can cause sadness.
Suggestions for classroom use:
This resource is designed for teacher to aid in building friendships and strategies to deal
with various social difficulties relating to friendships.
Resources required
Make Friends, Break Friends, by Peggy
Health work books
Interactive whiteboard

Use in the
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(Possible lesson

This task card would

be carried out over 7
30 min lessons.

Teacher guided resources over a variety of lessons to

create an accepting, bonded and socially confident class.
Book has various sections with different lessons on each page.
Lesson 1
Introduction & Making Friends
Teacher shows students the front cover and has them skim and
scan the cover (front and back) to predict what the book will be
about. Teacher should expect answers such as making friends,
how to make friends and things you shouldnt do to make sure you
keep your friends.
Ask the class to answer the following questions in their health
What do you hope to learn from this book?
Before reading the book what are some things you think you could
do to be a good friend?

TASK CARD 1. Teacher Resource.

Friendship Books Make Friends, Break Friends
Peggy Burns
Using modelled reading teacher will begin reading the introduction.
Teacher will then begin discussion asking students if any of their
predictions about the book were correct and if they have found out
anything they wanted to learn.
Teacher goes on to reading Lets talk about Making friends.
This page introduces students to the idea that there are many
different reasons why people may struggle finding friends.
Ask the class as a discussion how they feel or how they might feel
if they didnt have their friends to play with. Then model reading to
the class the text box why do I feel like this?
Finally read to the students look at it another way discuss that
this would improve the way we feel and also help us to make
Using the knowledge learnt from that specific section in the book
the teacher asks students to line up in 2 lines. They are to turn to
their partner and use some of the conversation points or helpful
tips in talking to their partner. After 45 seconds the teacher will tell
the class to switch partners and they must repeat the process. This
will be completed until the partners end up back where they were
in the beginning.
Lesson 2
Different Personalities
Teacher presents the class with the topic and asks the class to list
different types of personalities they have seen before. Teacher will
write them on the board in mind map.
Teacher performs modelled reading different personalities section
and after reading begins discussion asking students; Why is it
important that we understand that there are different personalities?
How do personalities affect our relationships/ friendships?
Teacher emphasises the greatness of all being individual people
and all being different.
Have students record in their books what the qualities of their
personality are both good and bad
Lesson 3
Falling out
Discuss with the class what the book means by falling out as it
may be a term that they are unfamiliar with.
Using modelled reading teacher reads the section to students as a
The class discuss what strategies that they can use to prevent a
falling out among their friends. Also discuss the thing that you can
do should this happen to them.
Discuss the importance of telling people how you feel or how their
actions make you feel.

TASK CARD 1. Teacher Resource.

Friendship Books Make Friends, Break Friends
Peggy Burns
Finally ask students reflect on their goals of the first lesson and
check to see if they have learnt anything they aimed to or if they
have answered any questions that they listed.
Lesson 4-7
True Stories
The next 4 lessons students will be looking at true stories from the
book Make Friends, Break Friends (Bossy Boots, She Looks
Different, I Lied, and I Wish Theyd Stop). These stories are based
on students experiences that will be similar to those students have
had before or might currently be dealing with.
Each lesson teacher will read the story and then have student reenact to show they understand the situation. Students must also
make up an ending where the situation I resolved them perform the
act in front of the class.
After the performances of the lesson the teacher looks back to the
story at the talking it through section and look at the students in the
story did to fix their dilemma. Who they spoke to and what steps
they took to arrive at the great result and keep their friends.