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Fourth-graders Learn About Friendship

What does it mean to be a good friend? Lotspeich counselor Seraphine Schomber led a lesson on the effects of gossip and friend groups with fourth-graders. Students played a game to simulate how rumors can change over time. Some students got an index card with a story and a number written on it. They then had to find a classmate with a blank index card that had the same number. The person with the story card told the student with the blank card what it said, and the student with the blank card wrote the story down. After they did this, students with the blank cards read the story back to the students who read the stories. Schomber and students discussed how friendships are impacted by spreading rumors and how a rumor isn’t the whole story. She told students to consider three things when sharing a story—Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? “Before you tell a story, answer these three questions with a yes,” Schomber said. Students also read the book “Trouble Talk” by Trudy Ludwig.