Friendship Storytime Lesson -- Back to School -- Social Skills


This Friendship Storytime is perfect for back to school or anytime you want to reinforce social skills. The lesson is designed to be flexible and easy to differentiate between Grades K-3. It’s designed for libraries, but it can also be used for classroom storytime discussions.

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Looking for more? This Friendship Storytime is also in this Back to School Library Storytime Bundle and this Giant Elementary Library Lesson Bundle.


  • Recommended for: Grades K-3
  • Lesson Duration: 1-2 library lessons (total of about 60 minutes)
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable

***Please note that this storytime lesson is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you! I cannot include a recorded read-aloud due to copyright restrictions.


  • 42 PPT + Google™ Slides (editable text)
  • List of 37 friendship-themed Recommended Reads (1 page PDF — print and give to students, teachers, and parents; editable text)
  • Two scavenger hunt activities, differentiated (2 page PDF and PPT; editable text)
  • Scavenger hunt answer key (1 page PDF and PPT; editable text)
  • Detailed, pre-filled, editable lesson plan; includes CC, TEKS, and AASL Standards (2 pages, PDF and PPT; 100% editable)
  • Lesson tips and tricks (6 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for Part II scrolling slides (2 pages, PDF)


Part I is a guided whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish. It’s a great way to discuss friendship, what makes a good friend, and how to be a good friend.

  • 3 recommended library read-alouds. Each book has a recommended video link to accompany the story.
  • Storytime song “Rig-a-Jig-Jig”
  • ASL sign language for “friends” — includes video link and clipart image of the sign
  • 6 synonyms for friend + how to say “friend” in six languages
  • Discussion prompts — What makes someone a good friend? What makes someone not a good friend? What are some things good friends do?
  • Slide for your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
  • Checkout reminders slide — add your own reminders!
  • “What Should We Do Now?” slide — This is very clear instructions on what students should be doing after the lesson.


The second part is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts. All images and information in the slides relate to the Friendship theme.

  • Discussion prompts — “How can you tell your friend is having fun?” and “How can you tell your friend is NOT having fun?” — These can be moved into Part I for additional whole-class discussions.
  • fun facts about friendship
  • Meet our Custodian (the school’s best friend!)
  • Word of the Week — “companion”
  • 2 friendship idioms — “two peas in a pod” and “joined at the hip”
  • Steps to making a new friend
  • How to be a good friend
  • Things good friends do NOT do
  • What is a pen pal?
  • Library terms — fiction and nonfiction
  • 4 ways to greet a friend
  • this week’s birthdays

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