How to Make a Friendship Salad: Lesson Plan for Elementary School
Friendship Lesson Plan for Elementary Students
I recently went into my daughter's kindergarten classroom to assist in a Friendship Salad lesson. It was such a fun experience for all of the kids and a great bonding experience; plus, it doubled as an easy cooking lesson. Below are my notes as well as the lesson plan for the activity.
Grade Level: Pre-K - 3rd Grade
Time: About 1 hour
Objective: For kids to realize that every single child has a part in making the classroom a great place to be and to understand that friendship is the key ingredient.
Materials for Friendship Fruit Salad Activity
- Prepared fruit (strawberries, grapes, melon, pears, apples, cantaloupe) There should be one fruit per group. Bananas are not recommended.
- Fruit should be washed, stems cut off strawberries, rinds cut off melons, and the rest of the fruit should be pre-cut in large chunks. Students should be able to cut fruit easily with plastic knife.
- Disposable or plastic plates that can be washed at home (we have a class set of ikea plates for all the events)
- Plastic knives for kids to cut
- Water cups for salad
- Adult knife
- Compost bin for scraps
- Dishtowel for each table
- Hand wipes
- Large Salad bowl, possibly two
- Salad servers, possible two sets
- Table cleaner (409, etc.)
A Few Days Before
The following can be sent out the before the lesson to let students know what they need to bring to school.
Our class is making a Friendship Salad! I need to bring one __________ to school on Wednesday.
Friendship Salad Lesson
Anticipatory Set: Before the Lesson Begins
Read: That’s What a Friend Is by P.K. Hallinan (Or use any other Friendship book that you have on hand)
Questions to ask before and during reading:
- What makes a good friend?
- Raise your hand if you have made friends in our classroom. What are some of the things that make them your friend?
Making the Friendship Salad
After you have finished reading your friendship book, explain to the class the activity.
- Announce to class that they will be making a friendship salad at their group desk.
- A parent at each desk will provide pieces of fruit to cut up and add to the salad.
- Each table will have one type of fruit that is ready to be cut, e.g., apples, grapes, strawberries, melon, cantaloupe. (Parents should have two bowls on every table. One for uncut fruit and one for the children to put the fruit once it is cut. There should also be plates, plastic knives, and napkins for each student.)
- Parents or teacher should model how to cut the fruit before the students begin. How to properly hold a knife and knife safety.
- Excuse students to their desks. Make sure parents have their handouts to ask pertinent questions.
Parent Guide for Each Table
This is a guide for parents as they help at their table. One sheet can be given to each parent if they have any questions while guiding kids through lesson.
Friendship Fruit Salad Parent Guidance
The teacher will give instructions on making the friendship salad, but if there are any questions go ahead and answer them. Kids will be cutting up their fruit on the same plates that they eat their salad. Let them know so they don’t ask for another plate. When students are finished they will help clean up their desks by stacking their plates and wiping down their area. We may need to wipe it down again.
Questions to ask while students cut up the fruit:
- What makes a good friend?
- What is something that a friend has done for you?
- How did it make you feel?
- Do all of your friends need to be exactly like you?
- How are we different?
- Why does that make us better as a group?
- How is our classroom like our fruit salad?
- Why are we cutting up this XXX. What are we making?
- Have you made fruit salad before? How is this similar or different?
- How is the XXX similar to or different than the YYY at the other table?
- How do you predict this XXX will taste?
- Where does XXX grow? How do you know?
- What are some other things we can make with XXX?
Making the Salad
After Fruit is all cut:
- Invite children to gather in a large circle.
- Bring out a large salad bowl.
- Ask students what type of fruit they think would make a great salad? Bring over the apples (or any other fruit). Ask students, "Do you think we should only put in apples? How about grapes?" Add grapes and rest of fruit. Before you finish, bring out a rotten banana or other type of fruit. What about rotten fruit? What would one rotten banana do to the whole salad? How does a rotten friend affect our classroom? Let students respond.
- Tell students, "Your classroom is like our fruit salad. All of you are different and wonderful and the salad would not be the same without you. Are any of you rotten bananas? NO!! You are all sweet; just like a good friend!"
- Now that you are all finished, you can have a friendship fruit salad party!
Reading a friendship book before the lesson is a great way to get started. I like this book but any book will do.
Good Apple Activity
After children have finished eating their friendship salad they can begin the “Good Apple” activity.
- Show students the apple template. Found here
- Explain that they are going to make a Friendship Book that they can read throughout the year to remind them what great friends they have in Room XXX.
- Create your own handout with the apple that can says something like, “I’m a good apple because ___________.”
- Students are supposed to say why they're a good friend. They can write their reason, draw their reason or do both.
- Pass out the template while the parent helpers pass out the fruit salad.
- If time allows, a great closing to the activity is to ask a few students to share their apple handouts.
- Ask a parent to bind the book so that students can read it during the year.
Wrapping Up the Activity
Once the salad is eaten and the Good Apple activity is done, parents help clean up: clean and stack plates, collect knives, wipe down tables with wipes, etc.
There's usually A LOT of leftover friendship salad, which can be dropped off in the teacher's lounge.