Being a Friend

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A major suite of interactive ARTHUR comics just launched at PBS KIDS with terrific support materials at PBS LearningMedia.

With a formal name of the AIM Buddy Project, this is a supplemental social, emotional, and character development curriculum that uses interactive media, the characters from the PBS series ARTHUR, and cross-grade buddy pairs. Students partner with a buddy to work on interactive comics and games that focus on five important topics –empathy, honesty, forgiveness, generosity, and learning from others. As buddy pairs engage with the ARTHUR characters they talk about and reflect on things like feelings, perspective-taking, and problem-solving. Begin learning all about the AIM program by watching the Welcome to AIM video.

Use the Educator’s Guide & Videos resources to find everything you need to plan and implement the AIM program with your students. The Educator’s Guide will point you to the students’ Classroom Media (interactive stories and games).

Read the AIM Buddy Project Summary of Research Findings from the AIM research study conducted throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Congratulations to Gentry and his team*, Mary and hers as well as to the many across WGBH and The Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University who made this project happen.

The Arthur Interactive Media (AIM) Buddy Project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

That Team: Gentry, Bill, Jolin, Caz, Dennis, Jeff, Jesse, Frank, Tara, Rick, Stefan, Laura, Lizzie, Hilary, Alan, Belinda & Andrew.