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SELF-CONTROL: Executive Functioning Lesson | Social Emotional Distance Learning



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Looking for a low-prep, interactive self control lesson? Guaranteed you and your students will have tons of fun playing this quiz show style SEL activity!  Your students will learn and practice team building and executive functioning skills.  In addition, they will learn about the importance of stop and think before doing, in effort to make good decisions. 



You can use this Game Show as a stand-alone classroom guidance lesson about self-control 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 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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  • 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.


I love this resource. As a mental health clinician I found this resource so useful implementation of my telehealth sessions with younger clients.

-Kimberly K.

September 28, 2020, TPT Review



We are spending at least one-half day of each month focusing on behavioral health and mental wellness. This was an activity that maintained their attention and really got them talking.

-Angela L.

September 22, 2020, TPT Review



Really well made lesson and game! Buy with confidence as this is a great item. My kids enjoyed the game-show approach to this lesson and begged to play more!

-Teal Nockamouri (TPT Seller) 

September 8, 2020, TPT Review 



This is great to use at the beginning of the year when students need a refresher for SEL skills. The kids loved this in a game format.
-Katie Kremer (TPT Seller) 
September 24, 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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