This Friendship Scoot game is designed to be a fun getting to know you activity for back to school.
Or, choose to use it as a Valentine’s Day activity.Here is a worthwhile activity to do on or near Valentine’s Day that will get your students writing and make them feel valued at the same time. Students each have their own page and put their name at the top. When you start your SCOOT students move from page to page in the room filling boxes with kind or positive things about the person whose name is at the top. You can choose to have students do this anonymously and ask them not to sign their names or have them sign their names for a more personal message. Make sure that YOU participate in this SCOOT too! Students love to hear our words of praise, don’t they? 🙂
Before you begin, you may want to gather your students and have a short discussion about friendship and the impact words can have on people’s lives. Perhaps read Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (or another similar book) and talk about how the unkind words impacted the main character and how that character would feel if the words had been kind and positive. Let the students know that their words have power and that kind words have the potential to make someone feel valued or loved and can change the way they see themselves and what they might accomplish.
We have provided two different pages. One is more Valentine-themed, while the other is not and can actually be used at any point in the year. Each page has 15 boxes, so you may have to copy them back to back in order to accommodate all the students in your class. If there are extra boxes, you might choose to have your students fill in the extras on their own page with positive words about themselves.
Happy SCOOTING! 🙂