Literature Themes: Friendship
These sites have tips on making friends and how to resolve common problems that threaten friendships. There are several classroom activity ideas to help foster friendships among students. Includes lists of recommended children’s books as well as links to eThemes Resources on books that include this theme.
Learn 10 ways to make and keep friends. Also includes games and a play about friendship.
PBS: It's My Life: When Friends Fight
Find out what you should do when you have a fight with your friend. Also includes some advice for friendships that cannot be salvaged and stories about fighting friends.
PBS: It's My Life: Booklist
Here are some books about friends who are fighting. Includes a short summary of each book.
PBS Kids: Zoom: Friendship Bracelets
Find out how to make a friendship bracelet you can give to your friend.
Enchanted Learning: A Friend
Write an essay about what happens when friends disagree.
A to Z Teacher Stuff: Friendship
Here are some activity ideas for younger students. The activities help foster friendships. NOTE: This site includes banner and other types of ads. NOTE: This site includes links to social networking sites.
ThinkQuest: Books for Elementary School Kids
Here is a list of books for elementary students that deal with the theme of friendship. Includes summaries of the books.
Friendship and Literature Lesson Plans
This site uses children's literature and classroom lessons to explore the theme of friendship.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
These sites are about Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s children’s book “The Little Prince” which explores friendship and other topics. Includes: a brief biography of the author, websites about the themes and philosophy in the story, discussion questions, a student resource, and a lesson plan. Some of the resources contain games, worksheets, and other activities. Includes a link to the eThemes Resource on the literary theme on friendship.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery (Williams) Bianco
These sites are about Margery (Williams) Bianco and her childrens novel “The Velveteen Rabbit.” Students can learn about the theme of friendship through the activities in this eTheme. Includes biographical information on the author, a computer version and audiorecording of the book, links to downloadable eBook files, a lesson plan for teaching the book, a quiz, and a printable PDF book report form. Also includes a link to the eThemes Resource Animals: Rabbits and Hares.
eThemes Resoure: Literature: "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl
These sites are about the book "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl. There are lesson plans, vocabulary words, and suggested classroom activities. Take a virtual tour of the Empire State Building to see what James dreams about. Includes information about insects as well as recipes for peach desserts. There are also activities to tie into the book's theme of friendship.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "The Kid in the Red Jacket" by Barbara Park
These sites provide suggested questions and activities for the book "The Kid in the Red Jacket." Also includes sites on the related themes of friendship and adjusting to a new community.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "Crash" by Jerry Spinelli
These sites are about the book "Crash," which explores the themes of bullying and friendship. Find information about the book, its themes, and the author.
eThemes Resouce: Literature: "A Taste of Blackberries" by Doris Buchanan Smith
These are supplementary resources to be used with the book "A Taste of Blackberries" by Doris Buchanan Smith. Includes related information on friendship and bee stings.