Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Learning with Classroom Guidance Games



I had the opportunity to review the book Classroom Guidance Games by Shannon Trice Black from YouthLight Publishers.  It’s designed for students in grades PK-sixth grade.  The book is broken up into 2 sections, PK-2 and grades 2-6. There are 25 games for early elementary students and 25 games for upper elementary.  These games were perfect for my 5th and 6th graders.  And since they all require active learning, I know my students will not only love them, they will help them to remember the lesson longer than any tradition lecture style lesson would.  

What I loved:
  • What I loved most was the letters to the parents that would go home with the students after EVERY activity.  The letters simply explained what the kids learned that day and how conversations about the topic could be continued at home.  This piece of communication is so important.  Not only does it keep the momentum of the lesson going, but it also provides that critical piece of PR that says that counselors are important in schools.

  • I also really liked The Responsible Tic-Tac-Toe Game.  I am already planning a lesson using this.  In this game, teams compete in tic-tac-toe, but in order to write an “x” or “o” in the square, students must answer a question. 
  • The Top Five Question Card Game was another great activity I will be trying.  Students compete to answer the “top 5” study skills answers. 
  • Another thing I loved was that the directions for each activity were easy to understand.  I’ve read some books, and felt clueless as how to run an activity.  Shannon has taken all the guess work out of running the game.  It’s simple, easy, and fun.


The games focus on 3 main topics: respect, responsibility, and reflection, but do cover study skills, careers, anger control, goal setting, citizenship, and getting along with others. 
You can get your own copy of Classroom Guidance Games  here


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13 comments:

  1. Thank you. I Don't have the opportunity for guidance lessons in my school. Love that you recommend the resource. For me, that's better than a 'gold stamp of approval'

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  2. Thank you. I Don't have the opportunity for guidance lessons in my school. Love that you recommend the resource. For me, that's better than a 'gold stamp of approval'

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  3. This would be great for reinforcing my lessons with an activity!

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  4. I'm always looking for something new and exciting to engage my students in when I go into the classroom. I am the 7th grade counselor, however I also go into our EMD class and the lessons would work GREAT with them. I am always taking my lessons and having to make them more elementary like for them. This would give me a leg up in my search for resources. Thanks.

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  5. I work at a K-8 school. I am always looking for fun, engaging activities for classroom guidance with every grade level! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. I would love this for my upper grades !

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  7. I am a social worker at a K - 8 alternative ed school and I am always looking for ways to engage my students more fully during group counseling. I would love to try this resource!

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  8. You are so creative and always words of encouragement.

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  9. This book has been on my wish list for a long time! I would use Classroom Guidance Games to add active learning activities to my classroom lessons and small group counseling.

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  10. I would love to use this with small groups or classroom guidance! Great resource!

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  11. I am always looking for activities to supplement my classroom lessons, so this would be an amazing addition to my counseling program!

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  12. As I have heard from some of my friends and now reading your review I can see, that this book Classroom Guidance Games is more than just good. It is a perfect guide for games for children that will make them interested.

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