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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

Hosting a Day of Friendship with one of our Licensed URSTRONG Presenters is such a fun way to get our whole-school friendship strategy rolling! Research shows that taking time to reflect when learning something new in a meaningful way transfers learning from their short-term memory to their long-term one.

During the Day of Friendship, students and teachers learn our core principles including:

  • The 4 Friendship Facts
  • The Friend-o-meter
  • The Friend-o-cycle
  • How to put out Friendship Fires®
  • How to stand up to Mean-on-Purpose Behavior

It’s important to check-in with your Friendship-Ninjas-in-training to see what they learned and lock it in. What stuck? Are they still confused about anything? What was their favorite part? How will these strategies help them? Are they using the lingo already? What are their take-outs?

 

Key Outcome

Your students will reflect and communicate their take-outs after a Day of Friendship

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