This unit is a smorgasbord of ideas to use. Pick those ideas relevant to your level/class. Integrate them with the relevant curriculum area learning outcomes! This looks at the idea of friendship. Is a great leader a good friend or does friendships get in the way of leading?
Comparisons between different ways of finding information
Using ICT skills as selected from below
Comparing my feelings to others and understanding that people are unique
Understanding what makes a friendship
Learning how to set goals
Investigation Questions Try to get pupils to brainstorm these and others themselves as part of the information process. Here are some to get you started.
What makes a good friend?
How can we lose a friend?
Is it best to have a few good friends or lots of friends you don't know so well?
Do females view friendship different to males?
Do adults view friendship different to children?
Wordprocessor Example skills: getting to know keyboard, put picture on, make bold, use styles/fonts, saving, using spellchecker
C.V. Use wizards to create a C.V. Choose simple fields. Get pupils to add to it over the year. They could include goals. Add to this over the year.
Write a colour poem about feelings. Colour each line the different colour (Black makes me feel..)
Use a calendar wizard to make a calendar. Each pupil contributes to a motivational saying on the page.
Cinquain describing best friend
The recipe to make a good friend (set out in list form with bullets for the ingredients)
Business Cards.. bring examples to school, discuss what design and information makes a good business card. Design one that reflects you as a person, you as a pupil.
Art/Design Skills: Using paint progs, combining clipart, talk about use of white space, flow of the eye etc.
Put a box around the statement, draw a happy face
Design for calendar (see above)
Logo Design a logo to represent you
Friendship poster. Single words, rotate them use different fonts. What makes a good poster?
Spreadsheets Example Skills: Entering Data, graphing, answering questions/theories using data collected Example questions: Do females view friendship differently to males?Do adults have the same sort of goals for work as pupils for school? How different?
Graph favourite colours, TV programs
Survey things to look for in a friend
Survey goals for the year - compare girls/boys children/adults
Databases Example skills: Entering info in database, graphing, sorting data into sets Example questions: Are boys at this stage taller than girls are? If you are a bigger baby does it mean you are a bigger child/adult?
Ingredients to make a friend. Choose 3. Compare girls verses boys.
Internet (see Other IT below) Search on friendship WWW what do others say about it (See Other forms of IT below)
Information Skills Library Catalogue (Books on friendship)
Presentations (Keynote, PowerPoint) Skills Examples: Recording voice, editing recorded sounds, putting sounds into a ‘talking book’
Record statements about happiness, friendship, times when we felt let down
Listening/ Watching post Friendship story (Friendly Giant) Marty and the Dragon (Sound Recording) - National Library Hug Me (Video Recording) - National Library My Friends and Me (Video Recording) - National Library A Shark Makes Friends (Sound Recording) - National Library The Cat and the Collector (Filmstrip) - National Library The Beeking (Video Recording) - National Library
Away from the Computer Ideas
A lot of other unit plans will give you ideas for other station activities that can be carried out. While some pupils are on the computer others could be:
Writing/designing or carrying out some of the above activities by hand
Making shadow outlines of themselves and pasting favourite foods, programs etc on them
Keywords for this unit Friend/s, acquaintance, advocate, partner, sidekick, crony, pal, companion, alter ego, fellowship, relationship/s, friendship, sociology, feelings, (Check out a thesaurus for more words).
Famous Friendships Castor and Pollux, Hercules and Iolaus, Christ and the Disciples, The Three Musketeers, David and Johnathon, Archilles and Patroclus
Places to find info or organisations Health dept, social groups, friendship organisations, yellow pages, Internet, doctor (do friends keep you healthy?)