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    By Lou

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    Read HOW TO LOSE ALL YOUR FRIENDS. I can't remember the author off the top of my head, but it is great! Then have girls write their own books or make a poster called HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS.

    I often use this quote with my girls: "To make a friend, be a friend. To keep a friend, be a friend." We discuss what it means and how to do it.

    Another thing I do with all the 5th grade girls in our school (2 classrooms) is have a POWWOW time twice a month. The other teacher takes all the boys and spends some time with them while I spend time with the girls addressing various aspects of friendship. We begin talking about any POWS that have happened (without using names), and then we talk about the WOWS of friendship. Then I pick a friendship topic and talk about it with the girls (i.e. making friends, popularity, best friends, bullies, keeping friends, etc.) We end every POWWOW time with a suggestion to improve our community of girls, such as invite a person over whom you've never had over before, or give out at least 5 sincere compliments to other girls each day. The girls love having the time to talk, and I truly think it helps them have more awareness of each other's feelings when we spend time addressing it.

    Hope things go better for you!

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