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MEET THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR LESSON: Fun Back to School Introduction to Counseling Activity



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Looking for a low-prep, interactive meet the school counselor lesson? Guaranteed you and your students will have tons of fun playing this quiz show style SEL activity!  Not only will  your students learn and practice team building and executive functioning skills.  They will also learn about how you are here to help and support them at school.


You can use this Game Show as a stand-alone classroom guidance lesson the roles of the school counselor 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 Self Control?

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 meet the school counselor 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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  • 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.


By the time my students are in 5th grade, I felt that we were both a little burnt out on the typical “meet the counselor” lesson. This was the perfect activity for us to use to review and make sure everyone knew the basics while still having fun and jumping into the new year together! Thank you so much!

-Paper Airplane Counseling (TPT Seller) 

August 16, 2021, TPT Review 



Thank you! This was a great way to get to introduce myself and help with understanding what a counsellor does in the school. The kids enjoyed the game part of it too.

-Branden S.

November 30, 2021, TPT Review



I needed a new and fresh activity for my back to school meet the counselor lessons with my older students since they had heard it so many times before. This was perfect! My students were very engaged and it was a fun way to teach the meet the counselor lesson.

-Karen G.

November 11, 2021, TPT Review



My students LOVED this game! It was too long to fit all of the questions into a 45 minute lesson, so I had them not do the act it out challenges (since it took way too long for some groups to decide who was going to play what role). Otherwise it was a creative way to introduce myself and my role at the school!

-Leah H.

November 11, 2021, TPT Review



This was a great resource to help my students understand more deeply what I do. They struggle to understand where I fit between being a teacher or administrator. Great resource!

-Laronda B.

October 18, 2021, TPT Review

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