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ATTENDANCE: School Counseling Lesson on why Attending School Matters



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The Attendance Matters Game Show is an interactive, quiz-show style classroom guidance lesson about why attending school is important that also works great for attendance groups. Focuses on problem-solving skills and finding solutions to attendance barriers.

Now includes both Google Slides™ and Power Point Presentation files, which allows you to use for SEL distance learning, teletherapy, virtual counseling groups, school counseling guidance and in person lessons.

Ways to Use

☀️ As a Tier 1 lesson to encourage student attendance

☀️ Great for your Tier 2 small groups focusing on attendance improvement, too!

☀️ Distance Learning ready

What’s Super Sweet About this Attendance Lesson?

❤️ The Game Show format is hands-on and experiential, with many of the challenges inviting students to role play

❤️ This classroom game encourages reflective thinking, and is designed for students to show off and build on their smarts in different ways.

❤️ Plus, the questions and challenges are 100% customizable so if you like, you can edit them to better fit your specific needs.

❤️ It’s low-prep, perfect for all you busy counselors!

❤️ Lesson Plan is also included!

The Game Show Categories Include:

ACT IT OUT: teams act out / role play the challenge prompt.

TRUE or FALSE: teams decide whether the statement is true or false.

SKETCH IT: teams quickly draw their answers.

IMAGINE IF: teams answer “Imagine If” questions, using their imagination & problem solving skills.

RISK: teams take a “risk” because the type of question and/or challenge is not revealed until chosen.

What’s needed to play the Game Show?

✔If using in person, it is best used with a Promethean White Board or projector that that can be hooked up to your computer; it’s formatted as a power point presentation and now google slides™, too!

✔If using for distance learning, all players need internet access. Share your screen with students!

✔ Want to go screen-free? No problem! This Game Show also comes with printable task cards with the same prompts as the Game Show challenges.

Provides lots of flexibility….

Given that the GAME SHOW takes 40-60 minutes to play, and sometimes we just don’t have that much time….or that the GAME SHOW works best projected on a original screen, and sometimes the technology breaks down….or that there are days when we walk into the classroom and just know that a whole classroom game is not going to fly that day….and sometimes students need more quiet, reflective activities……I have included more than 6 additional formats that do not require the use of the power point presentation or google slides™. (Note: the additional activities do involve some printing prep-work.)


* M 1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well – being

* M 3. Sense of belonging in the school environment

* M 6. Positive attitude toward work and learning

* B-LS 2. Demonstrate creativity

* B-SS 2. Create positive and supportive relationships with other students

* B-SS 6. Use effective collaboration and cooperation skills

Additional information

Product Categories

Individual + Group Counseling, Lessons, Executive Functioning

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