I AM Artwork

Lesson Plan 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!

“There is nobody in the world like you!” Decorate your classroom with these gorgeous posters celebrating your students!

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As Dr Seuss says, “Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is YOUer than YOU!”  

In order for students to create and maintain healthy friendships, strengthen their self-awareness and self-worth, it is important that they can reflect positively about who they are in the world and be kind to themselves. Happy, healthy friendships form when children are authentic and kind – to both themselves and others.

This lesson is designed to help students embrace their identity, reflect positively on their personal qualities, and feel good about who they are.

Key Outcome

Your students will focus on seeing themselves and their friendships through a positive lens.


  • Poster-board/cardboard (or large paper)
  • Writing utensils (pens, markers)
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Collage materials
  • Photographs of each student


  1. Read the students the Dr Seuss quote above. Get them to think about what makes them who they are. Ask them, “What are all the things that are unique and special to you, that make you YOU?” (Refer back to the “Things I like about ME” activity in Friendology 101 Session 1 – How to Get Real)
  2. Explain to the students they are going to create their own “I AM” collage to celebrate and honor who they are.
  3. Give each student a large poster-board and have them draw their silhouette in the middle with the words “I AM” at the top. Using a range of materials (crayons, watercolors, magazines, etc.), instruct students to fill the page with words and images that represent them.
  4. Create an “I AM” Art Gallery to display your students’ artwork as a celebration and reminder of their individual strengths and qualities.

Note: You could also do this activity on the computer and get your students playing with various fonts and design tools!

Next Steps

Encourage students to write a poem, story, or song about themselves that incorporates the images and words on their “I AM” art.