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

LBy 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.