Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle
Instructions:1. As the children gather around for this activity, smile and wave at them.
Ask if they need some help putting things away, and help them if they
accept your offer.
2. After the children sit down, discuss what a "greeting" is and how it
shows that you are friendly. Waving to people and giving them a
greeting started a long time ago. When people met, they would raise
their hands in greeting to show that there was nothing in their hand
that would harm anyone else, so it meant they were friendly.
3. Discuss different ways to be friendly or kind to others, such as asking
to help out, comforting someone who is hurt or sick, or using good
manners by saying "please," "thank you," and "excuse me." Discuss
why it is better to be friendly instead of being selfish or wanting things
to be your own way all the time.
4. Read Eric Carle's Do You Want to Be My Friend? with the children,
noting greetings and acts of friendliness or kindness.
Teacher - to - Teacher Tip
l Consider including a short lesson on being careful as well as friendly.
Tell the children that most grown-ups are good and kind, but not to
get into a car with someone they do not know or have an
uncomfortable feeling about. If they get a funny feeling that something
is just not right, they should tell an adult they trust.
To assess the children's learning, consider the following:
l Do the children wave to others, such as the janitor or other teachers
or children not in their own classroom?
l Do the children show kindness by helping others and by using good