What does it mean to be a good friend? Classroom friendships blossom with this heart puzzle.
1. Read books, listen to music, and watch videos about friendship. Talk about what it means to be a good friend. Why are friends fun? What do friends do for each other? How do friends treat each other? Friends listen, share, forgive, and encourage. Write your own list of friend words with Crayola® Markers.
2. Hearts are an ancient symbol. They were first used as a sign for the heart of a person or animal. Heart symbols appear in all of the world’s major cultures. Today hearts stand for affection and understanding.
3. Here’s one way to make a heart-shaped puzzle with your classmates. Use markers to draw a huge heart on posterboard. Draw lines to divide the heart into enough pieces so that each person in the class will have one, including your teacher. Use Crayola Scissors to cut the heart puzzle into pieces. Distribute the puzzle pieces.
4. Use Crayola Markers and Multicultural Markers to decorate your puzzle piece. You could show how to be a good friend to someone in your class. Or spell a word such as share in large letters. Decorate your word with dots, stripes, plaids, or your own favorite patterns. Use bright colors and interesting details. Sign your name.
5. Assemble the pieces of the puzzle. Display the Friendship Heart next to your list of friendship words.
Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.
Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.
- Add a Caught You Being a Good Friend component to the puzzle. Each time a student is caught by a classmate or teacher showing kindness, empathy, generosity, or other friendly behaviors, add a heart next to the chart. Ask the observer to describe the positive behavior to the class. Write encouraging notes and make phone calls to parents to report prosocial behaviors, too.
- Continue the heart theme in science and health. Explore the circulatory system. On an anatomical chart, follow the path of blood as it passes through veins, heart chambers, and arteries. Look for veins visible on the surface of your skin. Check your pulse. Compare pulse rates before and after running in place or doing jumping jacks. Discuss the reasons for an increased rate. Talk about ways to keep your heart healthy. Find out what is included in a heart-healthy diet. Discuss the importance of daily exercise to guarantee heart health.
- Adopt a class of younger children or students with special needs. Match each student up with a buddy. Buddies read together weekly, help with writing assignments, e-mail each other, and engage in other mutual activities. Celebrate with a friendly Buddy Party at the end of the school year.