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MAKING & KEEPING FRIENDS: Social Skills Friendship Counseling Lesson | Digital



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Looking for a low-prep, interactive social skills friendship 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 about and discuss the value and importance of friendship.  This includes the skills and assets that help children to develop healthy relationships with peers, in addition to tips on how to make and keep friends.



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


Looking for other social emotional learning lessons in the quiz show style format?  Be sure to check out other guidance lessons here.  For a super deal, save 50% off with our 53 SEL lesson bundle!

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Social Skills, 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.
  • How to Make and Keep Friends Tips Printable Poster


This was great to use as a supplement to the social stories and books we have been using to help develop my student’s friendship and social skills. Thank you!

-Caren T.

December 13, 2021, TPT Review



I used this with 1st and 2nd graders and they loved it! They might not know what Jeopardy is but they love this game so much!

-Kat M.

November 16, 2021, TPT Review



I have to create my own health lessons without curriculum so I was so excited to find this! It was very user friendly and engaging.

-Emily H.

October 14, 2021, TPT Review



I love these game shows! It has become a lower stress activity and helps my clients understand and apply their knowledge of making and keeping friends in a fun way!

-Rachel P.

September 6, 2021, TPT Review



I really appreciated the online component of this. I could use it with my students in person and online. The students were engaged when we use this resource. I actually purchased a bunch of these games because of how much my students enjoy them. I also like the extra resources that come with them. I am definitely happy with this purchase!

-Ashley S.

September 2, 2021, TPT Review

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