This Friendship Storytime is perfect for back to school or anytime you want to reinforce social skills. The lesson is designed to be flexible and easy to differentiate for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grades.
Please note that this storytime lesson is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!
Needed to open and edit: Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents
This storytime lesson is editable in Google Slides and PowerPoint, and it includes:
- Most text is editable; images and heading text are not editable. You choose which slides you want to use.
- 17 slides are for the read-aloud and/or guided lesson that walks you through the storytime lesson.
- 24 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
- List of to read aloud (1 page, PDF)
- The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for friendship-themed books.
- All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-2 and received positive professional reviews.
- Two (2) editable, differentiated scavenger hunts (3 pages)
- Students “hunt” for images and information in the “scrolling slides” part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
- Includes 2 scavenger hunts. One is images-only, and the other is images and text.
- Answer key is included.
- Detailed, pre-filled Library Lesson Plan in editable PDF and PowerPoint formats (2 pages), aligned to:
- 2018 AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
- National Common Core ELA Standards, and
- Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
- Lesson tips and tricks (6 pages, PDF)
- Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
- Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for (2 pages, PDF)
17 Storytime Lesson / Class Discussion Slides:
Part 1 is a guided whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish. It’s a great way to discuss friendship, what makes a good friend, and how to be a good friend.
- 3 recommended library read-alouds. Each book has a recommended video link to accompany the story.
- Storytime song: “Rig-a-Jig-Jig”
- ASL sign language for “friends” — includes video link and clipart image of the sign
- 6 synonyms for friend + how to say “friend” in six languages
- Discussion prompts: What makes someone a good friend? What makes someone not a good friend? What are some things good friends do?
- Slide for your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
- Checkout reminders slide — add your own reminders!
- “What Should We Do Now?” slide — This is very clear instructions on what students should be doing after the lesson.
24 Scrolling Slides:
The second part is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts. All images and information in the slides relate to the Friendship theme.
- Discussion prompts: “How can you tell your friend is having fun?” and “How can you tell your friend is NOT having fun?” — These can be moved into Part I for additional whole-class discussions.
- Library vocabulary terms: fiction and nonfiction
- Word of the Week: “companion”
- 2 friendship idioms: “two peas in a pod” and “joined at the hip”
- Meet our Custodian (the school’s best friend!)
- Fun facts about friendship
- Steps to making a new friend
- How to be a good friend
- Things good friends do NOT do
- What is a pen pal?
- 4 ways to greet a friend
- This week’s birthdays
IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the friendship picture books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns the interactive ebook that has audio read-aloud, you could also share how to read or access it through your online catalog or ebook management platform.
AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text.
- Inquire – C.1. – D.3.
- Collaborate – B.2. – D.1.
- Explore – A.1. – C.1.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.6.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.10.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10. – CCSS-ELA-Literacy.L.3.5.
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