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TOUGH Book Study: | Social Emotional Learning Lesson on Bullying & Empathy



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The Tough Game Show is an interactive, quiz-show style book study lesson about bullying, bystanders, being an upstander, and bravery based on Erin Frankel’s book, Tough.

Now includes both Google Slides™ and PowerPoint Presentation files, which allows you to use for SEL distance learning, teletherapy, virtual counseling groups, school counseling guidance and in-person lessons.

***Please note: Erin Frankel’s book, Tough, is not included in this resource.

If you are teaching all three books in the Weird Trilogy, you can save money with this BUNDLE.

Ways to Use

☀️ Social emotional learning classroom lessons

☀️ Small group counseling

☀️ Distance Learning ready

☀️ Bibliotherapy

What’s unique about this school counseling, community building lesson based on Tough?

✏️The Game Show format is hands-on and experiential, with many of the challenges inviting students to role play.

✏️This guidance lesson classroom game encourages reflective thinking, and is designed for students 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.

✏️It’s low-prep, perfect for all you busy counselors and teachers!

✏️Lesson Plan is also included!

The Game Show Categories Include:

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?

✔ It is best used with a Promethean White Board or projector that can be hooked up to your computer; it’s formatted as a PowerPoint presentation and now Google slides™, too!

✔If using for distance learning, all players need internet access.

✔ 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 original 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 internet (Note: the additional activities do involve some printing prep-work.)


If you are looking for other easy, fun, low-prep and editable lessons, check out these companion lessons based on Erin Frankel’s trilogy:

WEIRD!: Classroom Lesson and Game based on Erin Frankel’s empathy-building and bullying prevention books

DARE!: Classroom Lesson and Game based on Erin Frankel’s empathy-building and bullying prevention books


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Social Skills, Book Companions

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