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Prevent bullying and strengthen friendships

This exercise is suited for strengthening friendships and solidarity as well as preventing bullying in primary school.

  1. Lay out the Dialoogle picture cards in front of the class.
  2. Ask the pupils to pair up with someone they do not usually sit next to in class.
  3. Ask the pairs to choose two cards. One that represents their perception of a good friend and another representing something they can do if they feel that a friend has hurt their feelings. Allow the pupils plenty of time to discuss.
  4. Ask each pair to team up with another pair and present their chosen picture cards to each other.
  5. Ask the groups to present the chosen cards to the rest of the class.
  6. Then ask the pupils to place the chosen friendship cards on the floor so that all cards are visible. Ask them to do the same with the solution cards. There must be space between the two groups of picture cards.
  7. Ask all the pupils to first look at the group of friendship cards. Then ask them to look at the group of solution cards.
  8. Ask the pupils if any of them have had a good friend.
  9. Ask the pupils if any of them have ever been a bad friend. If a pupil says yes, ask them to recount the story and what they learned from it. Make sure that everyone who wants to share a story gets the opportunity.
  10. Emphasise that being a bad friend is no longer acceptable.
  11. Hang the friendship cards on the wall. Now, the pupils have a measure of their friendship level in the classroom.

It is a good idea to allow plenty of time for the presentations.

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