Classroom Salad and Friendship Book - Kindergarten Supplementary Activity

These activities encourage students to engage in their communities (school and neighborhood) and develop the skills, knowledge, and behavior to be responsible and contributing citizens.

While we suggest Kindergarten as the recommended grade level for this activity, you can adapt it to suit the needs and interests of your class.

Purpose Materials
This activity teaches students about being a responsible member of their classroom community. They will also create a friendship book that emphasizes the importance of friends and friendship in the classroom community. Students will:
  • Recognize that the classroom is a type of community
  • Identify the characteristics and qualities required to be a good member of their classroom community
  • Develop a positive self-concept
To complete this activity, the following supplies are needed:
  • Variety of washed, trimmed, and sliced fruit, such as strawberries, oranges, pineapple, cantaloupe, apple, grapes, etc., in bowls
  • Mini marshmallows or chocolate chips
  • A piece of rotten fruit
  • Compost bin for scraps
  • Hand wipes and napkins
  • Large serving bowl
  • Serving spoon
  • Small bowls or cups
  • Spoons
In-App My Files
Upload a photo of their "I am a Good Friend" drawing and include a link to the digital class Friendship Book

Instructions

Classroom Salad

  1. Begin by telling students that a fruit salad is like a classroom: all of the different components work together to complement each other. There are many important things that students need - especially good friends and happy days at school.
  2. Ask students to name an important quality that a responsible member of the class should have. For example, classmates should:
    • Be kind
    • Be generous
    • Be polite
    • Work hard
    • Listen to others
    • Try their best
  3. Pick one of the fruits and explain that it represents one of those characteristics (kindness, for example) and pour some into the serving bowl. Ask students if they think a fruit salad only needs one kind of fruit. Explain that there are a lot of qualities that go into making a great classmate.
  4. Continue composing the salad, using the fruit to represent the qualities that students suggest.
  5. Tip: You can incorporate math standards by asking students to count scoops or fruit slices that are included.
  6. Bring out the rotten banana (or other piece of rotten fruit). Ask your class if they think you should add the rotten fruit to the salad. Ask them to explain what would happen to the salad if you added it. Explain that demonstrating rotten qualities, such as being mean or not sharing, can affect the whole class.
  7. Portion out the salad to students. Encourage them to try fruit they’re not familiar with.
  8. As you scoop out salad for each student, ask the other students to name some of the “good” qualities that the student you’re serving demonstrates in the classroom (e.g. the student cleans up after himself, the student shares her markers). This is a great way to teach young students how to be kind and compliment each other.
  9. Offer a sprinkling of the sweet treats (marshmallows or chocolate chips, for instance) and explain that these are like the kind or encouraging words that students should use in class, such as “please,” “thank you,” “You can do it!” or “Good for you!”

Friendship Book:

  1. Hand out a piece of paper to each student. Explain that are going to create a Friendship Book that they can read throughout the year to remind them what great friends they have in their classroom, school, and community.
  2. Have each student write “I’m a good friend because…” at the top of the sheet and finish the sentence with a word or words that describe how they’re a good friend. You can model the activity by creating your own example. Students can then draw an example of a time they demonstrated that quality in the class.
  3. Ask all or a few students to share their drawings and examples.
  4. When students are finished, compile the templates into a binder and remind students to read it throughout the year.

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