Small Group Counseling Bundle Grades 3rd-5th

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This bundle includes 4 common small group topics for supporting elementary students in grades 3rd and up. Each unit includes 6 weeks of activities and everything you need to run a successful small group. Also includes a companion book list for each topic for further exploration or extension.

Each lesson should take around 30-45 minutes and includes the following:
•Parent permission slip
•Student/teacher reminder notes
•Pre & Post Assessments for data tracking (Use for 1st & last session.)
•Lesson plans for each session with warm-up, lesson, and reflection
•Lesson visuals and activities
•Bonus activities for warm-ups or early finishers

Topics Include:
  1. Anger Management
  2. Worry Bug Control
  3. Conflict Resolution
  4. Study Skills & Test Prep

1. Anger Management

This 6 week School Counseling Small Group Unit was created for students who struggle with understanding and managing anger.
Objectives: Students will be able to identify feelings and that everyone experiences feelings of anger. Students will also understand that feelings come and go. Students will understand the difference between anger and fear and some common body responses for each. Students will be able to choose an appropriate coping strategy to deal with their anger and know when to ask for help.
Session Overview:
  • Session 1: Welcome/ Everyone Gets Angry
  • Session 2: Anger vs. Fear
  • Session 3: Signs of Anger and What We Can Control
  • Session 4: Coping with Anger
  • Session 5: Asking For Help
  • Session 6: Review and Termination

2. Conflict Resolution

Objectives: Students will be able to identify the emotions they are feeling and use calming strategies to calm down if necessary. They will be able to decide the size of the problem and determine whether they need help solving it. Students will be able to express feelings and filter thoughts as necessary. They will be able to listen to others actively and work together to find solutions. Finally, they will be able to let go and move on from conflicts.
Session Overview:
Session 1: Welcome + Understanding Emotions
Session 2: Calming Strategies + How Big is the Problem?
Session 3: Expressing Feelings and Filtering Thoughts
Session 4: Listening to Others
Session 5: Finding Solutions + Letting Go
Session 6: Review and Termination

3. Worry

Objectives: Students will be able to identify their feelings and that everyone experiences feelings of worry. Students will understand the definition of worry and anxiety. They will identify some common body responses when feeling worried. Students will be able to choose an appropriate coping strategy to deal with their worry and know when and how to ask for help.

Session Overview:
Session 1: Welcome + What is Worry? (pre-test)
Students will get to know the counselor and the other group members and establish group rules. Students will understand what the objective of your time together will be. They will be able to define worry and notice if they have worried feelings.
Session 2: Everyone Worries + Signs of Worry
Students will be able to recognize that everyone feels worry from time to time. Students will be able to notice signs of worry.
Session 3: What We Can Control + Bigger than Reality
Students will be able to decide if a situation is something they can control or not. They will be able to determine if an anxious feeling can be avoided by thinking about what might really happen and then make a plan for small steps that will give them the knowledge they need to feel more comfortable.
Session 4: Coping with Worry + Flip the Thought
Students will be able to recognize their anxious feelings and then choose an appropriate coping strategy. Students will understand and be able to use the flip the thought strategy for managing anxious thoughts.
Session 5: Asking for Help + Coping Cootie Catcher
Students will be able to ask for help when they cannot calm down or there is a big problem they need help solving. Students will identify their favorite coping strategies for anxiety.
Session 6: Review and Termination (post test)
Students will be able to understand their worried feelings better, identify a coping strategy, and calm themselves down. Students will be able to ask for help if needed. They will also be able to use the flipping the thought strategy to try and stop anxious feelings before they become stronger.

4. Study Skills and Test Prep

Students will understand why study skills are important in life. Students will understand common study struggles and be able to set simple goals. Students will be able to create workspaces that are conducive to studying and understand several study skills that will help them on any assignment or test. Students will be able to use test taking strategies to help them do well on tests and use positive self-talk to boost confidence.
Session Overview:
Session 1: Welcome + What Are Study Skills & Why Are They Are Important
Session 2: Muggle Struggles + Goal Setting
Session 3: Wizardly Workspaces + Study Skills Intro
Session 4: Study Schedule + Study Skills Scavenger Hunt
Session 5: Test Taking Tips + Self-Talk Spells
Session 6: Review and Termination