Connectedness and reaching out

This lesson explores the concepts of ‘connectedness’ and ‘reaching out’, encouraging students to develop a range of friendship circles to reflect their different areas of social need and interests. These connections are important for students building their resilience and support networks.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills

Learning Intention

Students learn that having meaningful connections with people, and making and nurturing friendships, will assist in developing resilience.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will understand that:

  • having social/friendship groups can support their resilience
  • building connections with people/organisations can assist them in developing resilience skills.

Activity: Pictionary 20 min

  1. Divide students into groups of four. Each group requires a piece of paper. Each student requires a pen.
  2. In turn, each student thinks of a place where young people connect with each other, and draws it on their sheet of paper with a different coloured pen. The other team members try to guess what it is. (Impose a one-minute time limit per student for drawing and guessing, respectively.)
  3. Repeat until everyone in the group has had their turn.