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.
No friendship (relationship) is perfect.
Every friendship is different.
Trust & Respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.
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!
Nike says, “Just do it!”. Dory from Finding Dory says, “Just keep swimming!”. Help your students create their own Power Statements!
Mantras (or Power Statements) help us talk to ourselves in a positive way. They can help us stay focused and motivated. They enable us to imagine the best version of ourselves.
A mantra is like a little positive reminder that we can use to give ourselves a boost when we are allowing A.N.Ts (Automatic Negative Thoughts) to crawl around in our minds. A positive mantra or power statement can squash those annoying A.N.Ts and make them disappear! Dana from URSTRONG’s favorite power statement is…you guessed it, “You are strong!” #urstrong
Your students will be introduced to positive self-talk, in the form of a mantra or power statement, so that they can challenge their unhelpful negative self-talk and maintain a positive sense of self.
Paper for each student
Pens, markers, glitter, art & craft materials – or a computer/ipad if you want your students to use technology to create their poster!
Show your students the video to introduce the lesson.
Give students 60 seconds to list as many power statements from pop culture that they can think of, such as Nike’s “Just do it!” Get them to share some of their responses.
Discuss times they might need to use a mantra. Ask, “Why would having a mantra be helpful? Can you think of a time you could have used one to help you get through a tough situation?” Share a time you used a mantra and how it was helpful for you.
Ask your students to do some research, looking up motivational sayings, mantras or power statements until they find one that they connect with or feels like a good fit for them. You may like them to brainstorm some of these together as a group.
Ask your students to explain why they feel that their chosen mantra works for them.
Get your students to create a ‘Power Statement Poster’ that showcases their mantra or power statement.
Display their posters around your classroom to surround your students with these positive vibes!
Mantras and power statements are usually short and catchy. Invite your students to make and record a rap, rhyme, or song using their power statement. They could even work in groups and use a number of their power statements linked together!
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