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BETTER THAN YOU by Trudy Ludwig Book Study: Social Emotional Learning Lesson



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The Better Than You Game Show is an interactive, quiz-show style book study lesson based on Trudy Ludwig’s book, “Better Than You”.

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.

***Please note: Trudy Ludwig’s book, “Better Than You” is not included in this resource.

Ways to Use

☀️ Social emotional learning classroom lessons

☀️ Small group counseling

☀️ Distance Learning ready

☀️ Bibliotherapy

What’s unique about this school counseling, community building lesson based on Better Than You?

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

✏️This guidance lesson 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 and teachers!

✏️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?

✔ 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.

✔ 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 computer (Note: the additional activities do involve some printing prep-work.)

For more Games Shows Based on Trudy Ludwig’s books, check out:

❤️ Trudy Ludwig’s THE INVISIBLE BOY: School Counseling Inclusion & Empathy Lesson

❤️ Trudy Ludwig’s MY SECRET BULLY: Relational Aggression School Counseling Lesson

❤️ Trouble Talk by Trudy Ludwig

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