Why friendships are important

Friendships play an important role in the lives of young people. Some friendships are important for feelings of connectedness and belonging, while others provide a support network. This lesson asks students to think about friendships and why they are important, and to learn to show gratitude to those friends they value.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning

SEL Competencies

  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills

Learning Intention

Students understand why friends are important and how to show gratitude for their friendships.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe why friends are important
  • identify why specific friends are important to them by practising gratitude.
Activity 01

Class brainstorm: Why are friends important? 10 min

  1. Ask students to list reasons why friendships are important.
  2. Create a class list on the board where it can be left for the duration of the lesson.

Examples of why friendships are important include:

  • to have fun
  • to feel supported
  • to learn from
  • to provide a sense of belonging
  • to experience new things.