PK Activity 3 – Friends Sit Down and Stand Up Together


Young children often learn best by using their bodies! They can learn about connection by sharing a fun movement game that only works if everyone helps. In this version of the traditional cooperative game, children play with standing up and sitting down—for each other. This very active game is best in a large, open space outdoors, just like in the music video.


Children play a cooperative game to explore how to stand up for one another by working together.

Principle Overview

Throughout the 7 Principles we have seen how everything we do has a ripple effect on others. We are dependent on so many other people for so many things – the roads we drive on and the foods we eat, the schools we go to and the technology we use. The list is endless. When we see how connected we all really are, we can go from feelings of isolation to a sense of belonging and purpose, and we can appreciate and even celebrate our differences- in and out of the classroom. This principle is foundational to all of the IM4U songs and activities.



Goals and Objectives:

  • Develop group interaction skills by participating in a cooperative activity.
  • Realize the importance of standing up for others in socially acceptable ways.
  • Explore feelings that arise when working well and not working well with others.
  • Reuse the Connected poster you created for the WE ALL ARE CONNECTED Principle Discussion or make one for this game using the Connected printable.
  • Children should sit in a circle in preparation for this game. If desired, use carpet squares or sitting spots to create a circle for children to sit on.
Listening is a vital skill for all students. It gives meaning to what a person has said and helps create a feeling of value and kindness in a diverse classroom. The I Heard You Say skill builder is a good way to develop listening skills and helps create a caring, collaborative learning community by showing others that what they say is important.

  • As students share their ideas about the video, model the skill builder by saying, “I heard you say….” as you repeat their ideas.
  • After explaining the rules to the game, invite students to repeat the rules using the I Heard You Say skill builder.
  • Ask students to share their ideas about how listening to others is important when working collaboratively.
Skill Builder
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Activity Steps

  • Connector.

    Watch the IM4U music video together. The song talks about the about the importance of standing up for each other. Ask:

    What does “stand up for each other” mean? Point out the examples in the video.
    How are the people in the song doing this?
    What do you do to support a friend?

  • Connector.

    Remind children of the discussion about all being connected by showing the Connected poster. Discuss that standing up for each other is one way to show how everyone is connected.

  • Connector.

    Explain that in this game they will be actually using their bodies to stand up by holding hands with a friend and try to stand together.

  • Connector.

    Play the IM4U song as an inspirational musical accompaniment to the game.

  • Connector.

    Invite children to sit together in a tight circle and ask them to notice the person next to their right and say “hi!”

  • Connector.

    Instruct them to sit side by side with that person they just greeted and to hold their hand and slowly stand up on the count of three. Ask:

    Did you do it? YAY! We stood up for each other!
    Can you sit down together, too? On the count of three, sit down in unison without breaking contact and support.
    What happened?
    How did it feel?
    What worked and what didn’t work?

  • Connector.

    Ask children to stand facing each other and hold both hands, then slowly stand up together without breaking contact. Ask:

    Is it harder to work together when you are side by side?
    Is it harder when you hold one hand instead of two?

  • Connector.

    Once children are comfortable coordinating their movements with a friend, they can coordinate the “ups” and “downs” to each chorus of the song.

  • Connector.

    After the game, gather as a group and reflect on what children noticed about the experience. Ask:

    What was hard or easy?
    Did you feel supported?
    Can you think of a time in life when because someone helped you or you helped them?

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