F101 Session 2: How to Make Friends

Video Glossary

Glossary of Terms

At URSTRONG, we believe it’s important to use kids’ language for kids’ problems. That’s why we have our very own, unique language of friendship. Here are some important terms that children, parents, and teachers learn in our program.

Friendship Fire®: Any situation between you and a friend that results in negative feelings.

Mean-on-Purpose: When someone is intentionally unkind to someone else.

Quick Comeback: A very short word or phrase that is used when someone is Mean-on-Purpose. Quick Comebacks are designed to let the other person know that you heard/saw what they did and you’re not okay with it.

Friend-o-meter: A visual tool that assesses the health of friendships, ranging from the healthy zone to the unhealthy zone.

Friend-o-cycle: The normal cycle in a friendship that brings the friendship back to the healthy zone after experiencing a Friendship Fire. The phases of the Friend-o-cycle are: Healthy Friendship – Fire – Confront the issue – Talk-it-Out – Forgive & Forget – Closer & Stronger – Healthy Friendship…

4 Friendship Facts: A set of four facts that help us have realistic expectations in our friendships so we understand what is normal.

  1. No friendship (relationship) is perfect.
  2. Every friendship is different.
  3. Trust & Respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.
  4. Friendships change…and that’s okay.

Red Shirt Girl and Striped Shirt Boy: Two characters that remind us about the importance of body language.

Friendship Ninja: A Friendship Ninja is someone who surrounds themselves with friends in the healthy zone of the Friend-o-meter. A Friendship Ninja is kind and friendly to everyone. A Friendship Ninja understands the 4 Friendship Facts and puts out their Friendship Fires when they ignite. A Friendship Ninja stands up for themselves and their friends. A Friendship Ninja makes new friends and understands that friendships change…and that’s okay. Above all else, a Friendship Ninja is someone you want to be friends with because they’re true to who they are!

Objective

This session teaches children how to spark a new friendship. Students learn how to introduce themselves and then practice the art of conversation, an important life skill that is often overlooked and not explicitly taught. Once girls and boys know how to hold a conversation, they learn how to take it to the next level by finding something in common with someone to plant the seed for a new friendship to grow. The 4 Friendship Facts are also taught in this session, setting the stage for what’s normal in a friendship.

Key Outcome

  • Students will be able to take control of new situations by introducing themselves.
  • Students will be able to have a conversation through a game of catch, using both I’s (being interesting and interested).
  • Students will recognize that a new friendship starts by finding one commonality.
  • Students will be able to describe what is normal in a friendship through the 4 Friendship Facts:
    • No friendship/relationship is perfect. This helps students understand that conflict is a normal part of a friendship.
    • Every friendship is different. This helps students understand that no two friendships are the same; what works with one friend might not work with another friend.
    • Trust & respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship. Students learn the various ways trust and respect are shown in a friendship, the importance of honoring their differences, and how healthy friendships rely on this as the foundation.
    • Friendships change…and that’s okay! Students recognize that friendships are always changing because they are always changing.
  • Through the Friendology Project (having lunch with a new friend), students will apply the skills they learned. Students will practice introducing themselves, having a conversation, and sparking a new friendship.

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