1st Grade Arkansas


This inquiry leads students through an investigation of early social interactions and behaviors. By investigating the compelling question “Do I have to like everyone?” students evaluate friendship, what is a friend, how to be a friend, and how to respond when you dislike someone or they dislike you. Students will develop a deeper understanding of friendship(s).  The formative performance tasks build on knowledge and skills through the course of the inquiry and help students create their own understanding of friendships and how to treat everyone fairly.  Students create an evidence-based informative argument about whether or not they need to like everyone and appropriate behaviors.


Compelling Question:

Do I Have To Like Everyone?

Staging the Question: Show the YouTube video: What Makes A Good Friend? (2:24) Rocking Dan Teaching Man.

Supporting Question What is a friend?

Formative Task Illustrate different qualities of friendship.

Sources Source A: Book: How To Be A Friend, By: Molly Wigand
Source B: Song: Be A Friend, By: Emily Arrow (3:06)
Source C: other teacher selected book/text on friendship.


Supporting Question How should we treat others?

Formative Task Construct a friendship quilt showing ways people should treat others.

Sources Source A: Book: Rude Cakes (2:33), Rowboat Watkins
Source B: Video: I Am A Good Friend (4:32)
Source C: Song: All About Respect (2:40)


Supporting Question How do I act if I do not like someone?

Formative Task Create a poster illustrating ways to behave if you do not like someone.

Sources Source A: Book: Peanut Butter and Cupcake (5:38,) By: Terry Border
Source B: Video: Color Your World with Kindness (2:13)
Source C: Song: All About Kindness (2:41)


Supporting Question What do I do if someone does not like me?

Formative Task Roll play ways to cope with your feelings when someone does not like you.

Sources Source A: Book: How Full Is Your Bucket? (7:47), By: Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
Source B: Video: Kid President’s Guide to Making a New Friend (4:03)
Source C: Song: Fill Your Bucket (3:58)

Summative Performance Task

Argument: Write a sentence explaining your opinion on if you have to like everyone.
Extension: Students will create classroom rules based on how they should treat others.

Taking Informed Action

Understand: Determine times when we have to treat everyone respectfully whether we like them or not.
Assess: Look at pictures and decide if the person is treating the other respectfully or not.
Act: Create an anti- bullying poster and hang it up around the school.