Begin this section with a discussion of the importance of friends. Read the material on friends and peers and responding to peer pressure
Have students complete Activity 1-1: Peer Pressure in groups of 4 or 5. Afterwards ask students to recall a time when being in a group influenced their decision.
Read the material on friends and how relationships change through puberty.
Have students do the Mini Activity: Recipe for Choosing a Friend. If there is time, they may want to create a second card to show the recipe they would have used when they were six years old.
What Do You Think?
What characteristics make up the peer culture of your grade? Consider clothing, shared ideas and activities, music, and leisure time activities.
Family and Friends Students draw a Venn diagram of the key characteristics in their peer culture and family culture. They write a poem about the shared elements.
Peer Groups in Your Parents' Day Students talk to their parents or an older friend about whether or not they were part of a “crowd” during school. The students then examine whether or not their school has “similar” groups.
Time Spent Students chart their time over several days and share the results with their classmates.