Friday, November 30, 2012

Classroom Guidance Lessons

Dear blogging friends,

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. As you all know our jobs can sometimes get in the way! Here is a look at what we have been doing in classroom guidance lessons over the last couple weeks.

I have been teaching feelings in PreK and we had a lot of fun making feeling faces with play-doh. They made sad, happy, mad, and scared faces using play-doh on paper plates.

In 1st and 2nd grades I have been teaching teamwork. First, I read Julia cook's book Teamwork Isn't My Thing and I Don't Like to Share and we discussed how you can e a good team player and what to do if your group members aren't cooperating. Then I split the class into 4 random teams and gave them a team challenge. The teams received points for finishing the challenge correctly AND for working well together. Below is a picture of the challenge where they had to build the tallest tower. It was really fun!

My 3rd graders have been learning the 7 Habits, and this past we focused on "Put First Things First." I read them a chapter out of Sean Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, that stressed the importance of studying a little bit each day, rather then cramming for a test the night before and completing your work before going out to play. then the students looked through magazines for pictures of work and play and made "Work First, Then Play" T Charts.

See pictures of all the projects below and stay tuned for Christmas themed counseling lessons, coming soon!



  1. Hi Allison. How long do you have to complete guidance lessons? I am wondering if I could try some of your ideas in 30 minutes.

    1. Hey Sheryl,
      I have 40 mins for classes, but most of these lessons could be adapted easily for 30 minute classes. Sometimes when I do projects, I divide it over 2 lessons. On this post it would probably be best to do the work first, then play collages over 2 classes.