We’re All Potatoes at Heart

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

It is so important to create a school culture that embraces and celebrates diversity to ensure ALL of our students feel a sense of belonging.

According to the University of Rhode Island, diversity is about “understanding each student brings unique experiences, strengths, and ideas to our classroom. Diversity is the exploration and incorporation of these differences to enrich learning in our classrooms.”

Friendships are a great way to introduce and understand the concept of diversity. Within Friendship Fact #2: Every Friendship is Different, students learn that their friendships are different because we are different. No two friendships are the same and, therefore, require a different approach. What works in one friendship, might not work in another.

Within Friendship Fact #3: Trust & Respect are the Most Important Qualities in a Friendship, children learn what those attributes look like in-action. We teach kids that respect means we honor our friend’s thoughts, feelings, and opinions…EVEN IF our thoughts, feelings, and opinions are different. We honor, accept, and embrace who they are. A healthy friendship has a strong foundation of trust & respect.

Inspired by an activity done at a Cultural Diversity event at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School (Brisbane, QLD, Australia), this lesson links our Friendship Facts to conversations around diversity and inclusion.

 

Key Outcome

Your students will learn how, despite our differences, we are all the same at heart.

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