Activity Overview

Relationship skills are the ability to form and maintain meaningful and healthy relationships with other individuals. They can be romantic, professional, teammates, or friendships. Important components of healthy relationships of any kind include open communication, listening, trust, collaboration, compromise, and problem solving. It is also crucial for children to understand what an UNhealthy relationship looks like.

For this activity, the teacher will read aloud the book A Letter to Amy by Jack Ezra Keats. After discussing the book, students will create a 3 cell storyboard that illustrates a scenario of a positive and healthy relationship. The example provided only includes illustrations and speech bubbles, but teachers may add a writing component by adding description boxes and headings if they choose.

Other Picture Books for Teaching Relationship Skills

  • The Almost Terrible Playdate by Richard Torrey
  • Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon
  • It Wasn’t Me by Oliver Jeffers
  • Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival
  • Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard that illustrates a positive and healthy relationship scenario.

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. In each cell, create a scene for a story that shows a positive and healthy relationship. Be sure to use dialogue and appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 3-4

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/1/1] Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/2/2] Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/4/1] Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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