Kind-on-Purpose

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!

Objective

In our whole-school friendship strategy, we teach the kids how to manage conflict. To keep things super simple, we define conflict into two categories: Friendship Fires and Mean-on-Purpose behaviour. By teaching kids to respond to conflict in a healthy way and stand up to Mean-on-Purpose behaviour, we create cultures of kindness in schools.

But, it doesn’t stop there! We can get even more intentional about creating kindness by introducing students to Kind-on-Purpose behaviour. We have heard this term used

Despite what pop culture leads us to believe, studies show that children who exhibit kindness are more socially accepted by peers. In other words, kids who are kind are more well-liked and have more friends. Not only that, but kids who engage in acts of kindness improve their own wellbeing.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia interviewed over 3,000 kids and uncovered some interesting perceptions children have about kindness. Of particular concern is that students perceive their school as less kind from Grades 4 to 8.

Let’s change that statistic with this lesson inspired by two of our URSTRONG Schools: Hunter Valley Grammar (Newcastle, NSW, Australia) and Masada College (Sydney, NSW, Australia).

Key Outcome

Your students will discover the importance of intentional acts of kindness.

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