Friends listen to each other and never put each other down or hurt each other's feelings. Friends care about each other and are trustworthy. To have good friends, it is important to be a good friend and treat others as you wish to be treated.
Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister; Younger
There is a conceited fish with a bad attitude who has beautiful, shiny scales. Because of the way the Rainbow Fish acted, the fish did not have any friends. The other fish attempt to befriend him, but he ignores them until a little fish asks to have one of his scales. Rainbow Fish is upset over the request. In the end with advice from the Octopus to share, Rainbow Fish finds friendship and happiness through sharing his beautiful scales.
Art Activity: Rainbow Fish
The fish outline can be found on the website listed above, at the bottom of the post. Copy the fish and cut out different color scales for the children to glue on the fish. The fish is copied on blueish paper and we used one size scale. After Rainbow Fish is finished, give everyone one scale that is shinny, glittered or made of foil, and have children glue it on.
Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom, by Jennifer Holland; Older
The author writes for National Geographic. The book documents heartwarming friendships of animals who bond in unexpected ways, who have nothing in common. A mare and a fawn, a cat and a rat, Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten... It's a beautiful book showing friendships of animals who seem to have nothing in common, but are the best of friends.
Leave Out or Invite In
Make a list of of what can be said that leaves a person Out and feeling bad, and what can be said that invites a person to join In and feeling good. Example for Out: You can't sit next to me. Example of In: There's room over here for you to sit. When you are finished with the list, decide how you would like to be treated, and then treat other people the same.