Best Review - Top 12 steps for Middle School lesson plan: Making Friends With Kids from Other Schools


his is a Character Education lesson plan for grades 5 to 9. It is built around the story called "Making Friends With Kids from Other Schools"

Steps 1 to 11 include the links to all eleven sections of the lesson. Step 12 gives you the link for the entire lesson plan.

Debbie Dunn is a professional storyteller, a published author, a past school teacher of fourteen years, and a Conflict Resolution Specialist. For more information about Debbie, please visit her website of

Character Education Lesson Plan
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Character Education Lesson Objectives

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Clicking on this resource link leads you to the following 10 items:

Character Traits Addressed
Conflict Resolution Strategies Addressed
Other Concepts Addressed
Cognitive/Instructional Objectives
Emotional Objectives
Behavioral Objectives
Glossary of Terms
Lesson Length
Links for Teaching Posters for Classroom Use
Links for all the Character Education stories and lesson plans

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K-W-L Model for K and W questions

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Here are the K-W-L Model discussion questions that introduce this story to the class.

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Character Education Vocabulary Terminology

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Students will learn about the Character Education terminology covered in this and other Character Education lesson plans.

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Character Education Story: Making Friends With Kids from Other Schools

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Story Description: I used to teach at a middle school that had 6 feeder schools: 3 were K-6 and 3 were K-5. The newly entered sixth-and seventh-graders found it challenging to meet so many news kids. This story addresses the best way to expand your network of friends.

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Popcorn Review

Here is a quick story comprehension review to use after students listen to the teacher read this story.

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Character Education Role-Play: Making Friends With Kids from Other Schools

This is a Character Education role-play appropriate for middle school students. It is based on the story called “Making Friends With Kids from Other Schools.”

Visit this page to get the link to the PDF file for the scripted role-play to print for classroom use.

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Bloom's Taxonomy Discussion Questions

Please note: All discussion questions are built into the story and the scripted role-play.

For your convenience, here is the link to the role-play.

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Follow-Up Writing Activity

There are six levels in the Bloom's Taxonomy discussion question process. After reading "Making Friends with Kids from Other Schools," the teacher will ask questions from all six levels.

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Back to School Game: The Getting Acquainted Treasure Hunt

This is a game you can play on the first day of school or sometime during the first month of school. It is especially appropriate for middle schools that have two or more feeder schools attached to it.

Note to Teacher: The goal of this game is to give students an opportunity to get to know some of the kids from other classes and/or other teams. As for the student who wins, you could let them have a piece of candy or a new pencil, give them a homework free pass, be first to lunch, etc. Additionally, you might want to let the students play this twice. The first time, you do it within your own classroom for practice and to start building a comfort level with each other and the game. The second time, join up with another class on your team or a class from another team to give them the opportunity to approach or be approached by a lot of different people.

Click to get the directions of how to play the game called: GETTING ACQUAINTED TREASURE HUNT

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Create Group Role-Plays about the ideal way to get to know other students you have not yet met

After reading the story called “Making Friends with Kids from Other Schools” and participating in the Bloom’s Taxonomy Discussion Questions, divide your students into small groups to create group role-plays about forming new friendships.

See the complete instructions at the following link: Create Small Group Role-Plays about how to form new Friendships

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K-W-L Model for the wrap-up L question

Here are the final K-W-L Model discussion questions to use as a closure activity to conclude this Character Education lesson plan.

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Middle School lesson plan: Making Friends With Kids from Other Schools

Here is the entire Character Education lesson plan found on It was written by Debbie Dunn. She is the School Conflict Resolution Examiner at the national level for

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