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CAREER: Interest & Job Exploration School Counseling Career Readiness Lesson



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Looking for a low-prep, interactive career readiness lesson? Guaranteed you and your students will have tons of fun playing this quiz show style counseling guidance activity!  Best of all, your students will be introduced 16 different career clusters.


You can use this Game Show as a stand-alone classroom guidance lesson about friends and/or supplement to your social emotional learning activities. Great for your small groups, too!  Moreover, it’s distance learning ready:  it 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.


What’s Super Sweet About this Lesson on Friendship?

The Game Show format is hands-on and experiential.  Moreover, your students will use reflective thinking, cooperative learning, and be able 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.  On top of that, it’s low-prep, perfect for all you busy counselors and teachers!  There’s even a school counseling guidance lesson plan included, too!


The Game Show Categories Are:

  • 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 you are using this SEL lesson 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 large 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


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Teach your students about the different career clusters in this school counseling career readiness lesson.

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  • The Game Show comes in both Google Slides™ and PowerPoint™ files.
  • Prompts and questions are also available as task cards in a pdf download.
  • Optional pdf worksheets to complete the Sketch It and Imagine If categories.
  • School Counseling lesson plan
  • Detailed instructions and suggestions for modifications.
  • Career Cluster Description Handouts


Super fun activity that we did before winter break. I loved that there was more than just basic questions and some had the students up and moving around. Great resource!

-Kati R.

January 5, 2022, TPT Review



Oh how my students have loved this! Very engaging and for a multitude of grade levels. It ends up taking a couple class periods to get through, but it really gets students thinking more about careers. Thank you!

-Heather P.

November 3, 2021, TPT Review



My students absolutely loved this! We used it to learn about career clusters in our High School LifeSkills classroom and discuss the different areas of careers. The content was engaging and the it pushed students out of their comfort zone working in teams and in front of the whole group. Also great to use while working on their social skills.

-Sonya L.

October 14, 2021, TPT Review



My 4th and 5th graders loved this game show. Ready to go. No prep needed. Very engaging. Covers a wide variety of info.

-Lisa A.

September 28, 2021, TPT Review



I used this with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. They all loved playing the game and it kept them engaged. It was a little hard for them to grasp the concept of the clusters. So, I will need to spend more time teaching them about clusters before we play the game in the future.

-Amanda F.

August 31, 2021, TPT Review

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