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I-MESSAGES: Conflict Resolution School Counseling Lesson about I-Statements



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Looking for a low-prep, interactive I-Statement lesson? Guaranteed you and your students will have tons of fun playing this quiz show style SEL activity!  Best of all, your students will learn, and practice, social skills such as learning how to make and use I- Messages, which is an important skill for conflict resolution and relationship building.


You can use this Game Show as a stand-alone classroom guidance lesson about making I-Statements and/or supplement to your conflict resolution 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 I-Messages Lesson?

The Game Show format is hands-on and experiential.  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 I-Statement Lesson 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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Conflict Resolution, Individual + Group Counseling, Lessons

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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.


My 4th graders loved it. I felt like I tricked them into learning while having fun. My suggestions for use are to block off enough time because the students will want to finish the game…I needed at least 45 minutes, but I’m more of a go with the flow person and my teachers are flexible. The lesson was worth the time and I didn’t want to rush the learning process. If you are a counselor who prefers 20-30 minutes lessons then use a timer to keep it flowing, set your expectations, and know how you will divide your kids in groups first. I don’t think you will want to rush through this one though. Anita always has good suggestions to open and close her lessons. They are all so thorough! There are so many teachable moments that arise while playing… I always find more than one occasion for students to practice I-messages to solve problems that arise during the game. Giving each student a handout was extremely beneficial too and I love that I could send them home with a visual of the lesson. 10/10 would recommend! This was a fun and fresh way to change up teaching I-messages. Sometimes change is good 🙂

-CounselingAndCats (TPT Seller) 

May 6, 2020, TPT Review 



My 6th graders were extremely engaged with this game for the entire class period. Very well put together. Can’t wait to play it with my other section next week!

-Brett Frafford Olson (TPT Seller) 

September 24, 2021, TPT Review 



Students loved it! It made the topic really fun- they learned and practiced assertiveness without even realizing it! 🙂

-Sylvia G.

September 9, 2021, TPT Review



I used this game show while teaching SEL to fourth and fifth graders. The kids really got into using IMessages to play a game. Give yourself at least 45 minutes.

-Lynn O.

August 10, 2021, TPT Review



This is a wonderful resource! Sometimes I struggle to find fun, appropriately-aged activities for my sixth grade students, however, this was perfect. They had a lot of fun, were fully engaged, and learned some new information!

-Blair S.

July 20, 2021, TPT Review

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