Learning Intention: The student will identify several ways that friends could spend time together. People who spend time engaging in the same activity automatically have a common interest. Whether it's playing on the same team, being at the same playground, or taking art lessons, at least it is one place to start developing relationships with others. In this lesson, you are asked to start thinking about places or situations that involve spending time with others. Thinking questions: 1. If you saw four people playing tennis together, what do you think they might be talking about? 2. What do you think two people in front of an Xbox would be discussing? 3. Where are some places that you and other people your age might go for fun? 4. Do you think it's true that the more time you spend with someone, the more you know about them? Why? 5. Who are your favourite people to spend time with? What do you do together? 6. If you wanted to make some new friends, how could you spend time with people to get to know them better? Directions: Read the conversations and try to decide where it is taking place and how they are spending time together.
Activity adapted from Mannix, Darlene (1993). Social Skills Activities for Special Children. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.