ERIC Number: ED242619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
What Are the Characteristics of a Friend? A Resource Unit for Elementary Social Studies Instruction.
Haas, Mary E.
The purpose of this unit is to help elementary students make new friends among their classmates and outside the classroom. The underlying rationale is that primary students especially can benefit from the study of the characteristics of friends because they need to learn how to interact with other children, to assist in overcoming the egocentric nature of the preoperational stage. Social studies concepts encountered during the study are friendship, trust, cooperation, values, self-concept, and loyalty. The unit can serve as an introduction to such closely related concepts studied in elementary social studies as culture, cultural differences, stereotypes, discrimination, ethnic groups, pluralism, race, and prejudice. The unit begins by listing knowledge, skills, and affective objectives. Twelve instructional activities for primary and intermediate level students are described. Examples of activities include having students interview a classmate and use the interview information to introduce the student to the class, reading and discussing stories, and playing the guessing game "Who Is Being Described?" Suggestions for evaluation conclude the unit. (RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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