Elementary School Counseling Lesson Plan Standards Match

When I started as an elementary school counselor, all I wanted was some sort of clue as to what the heck was going on. Seriously. I didn’t have a mentor or any materials or guidance from the previous counselor, so I had to learn everything the hard way.

I observed a few classes and then realized that most teachers used books as a launch point for conversations. That seemed doable and much less intimidating than relying on my charm to carry a topic. I decided I’d start researching Social Emotional Learning (SEL) books to serve as a basis for my lessons.

So, to save you some time and energy, I’ve decided to compile a list of books that match particular standards. That’s right; you’re getting the cheat code. Am I taking the time to compile this list for purely altruistic reasons? Nah, I’m hoping that maybe this is the karma I need to send out into the world that will come back to me in the form of clear skin and toned abs. (Fingers crossed!) Really though, I want to support you as you help your students, and I hate the idea of you struggling when you don’t have to.

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Now, think of the topic or standard you’re trying to teach, hit “control-f” and voilà!

Elementary School Counseling Standards & Companion Books

BOOKTOPICTN STANDARDTN STANDARDASCA STANDARD
FriendshipSA2- Develop positive attitudes toward others as unique and worthy peopleSE4- Create and sustain positive, supportive, and appropriate relationships with peers and adults that support successB-SS 8. Advocacy skills for self and others and
ability to assert self, when necessary
Diversity SS3- Demonstrate empathy toward othersSA4- Recognize each person is a part of a diverse local and global communityB-SS 10. Cultural awareness, sensitivity and
responsiveness
Making Good ChoicesSS1- Make ethical decisions and practice social responsibilitySK2- Compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy behaviorsB-SMS 1. Responsibility for self and
actions
Self-CareSS9: Select and utilize appropriate coping skills in the face of a specific challengeSK2- Compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy behaviorsB-SMS 8. Balance of school, home and
community activities
Erin’s LawSS2: Advocate for self in multiple settings using assertiveness skillsSS5: Exercise personal safety skills, including refusal skillsB-SMS 9. Personal safety skills
Resilience & PerseveranceCA3: Reflect on progress toward goals, display a growth mindset, and accept feedback to improve knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to meet goalsSS8: Persevere through challenges to achieve goalsB-SMS 5. Perseverance to achieve long and short-term goals
Teamwork & Collaboration SE1: Participate in service projects, service learning, and/or philanthropic activitiesSE2: Work effectively in diverse groups by developing and employing leadership and teamwork skillsB-SS 6. Effective collaboration and
cooperation skills
Self-Esteem & Perfectionism AA1: Improve academic self-conceptAA4: Apply self-motivation and self direction to learningB-SMS 6. Ability to identify and overcome
barriers
Valuing Education AK2: . Describe the benefits of education for career, life management, and personal and professional satisfactionAK3: Articulate belief that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career successB-LS 4. Self-motivation and self- direction
for learning
Self-Acceptance & FriendshipSE4- Create and sustain positive, supportive, and appropriate relationships with peers and adults that support successSA2- Develop positive attitudes toward others as unique and worthy peopleB-SS 4. Empathy
Goal Setting SS9: Select and utilize appropriate coping skills in the face of a specific challengeAS5- Exhibit creativityB-LS 2. Creative approach to learning,
tasks and problem solving
CareersCS1: Develop skills to locate, evaluate and interpret career informationCK2:Articulate how personal abilities, skills, interests, and motivations influence values, choices, and plansB-LS 7. Long- and short-term academic,
career and social/emotional goals
Perseverance & Self-Discipline SS8- Persevere through challenges to achieve goalsSS7- Positively manage behavior and choices by applying self-discipline and self controlB-SMS 2. Self-discipline and self-control
Conflict ResolutionSK3- Distinguish appropriate behaviors for a variety of settings and situationsSS4- Effectively collaborate with others, cooperate with diverse perspectives, and communicate effectively in a variety of situationsB-SS 2. Positive, respectful and supportive
relationships with students who are
similar to and different from them.
Self-RegulationSS9: Select and utilize appropriate coping skills in the face of a specific challengeCS3: Utilize internal and external resources to manage transitions and adapt to changing situations/responsibilitiesB-SMS 2. Self-discipline and self-control
Empathy & Diversity SS3- Demonstrate empathy toward othersSA4- Recognize each person is a part of a diverse local and global communityB-SS 2. Positive, respectful and supportive
relationships with students who are
similar to and different from them
Coping with MistakesAE1: Experience academic growth and successCS3: Utilize internal and external resources to manage transitions and adapt to changing situations/responsibilitiesB-SMS 10. Ability to manage transitions
and adapt to change
Loving YourselfSA1: Develop positive attitudes toward self as a unique and worthy personSA3- Respect diversity in culture, perspective, values and experiencesB-SS 2. Positive, respectful and supportive
relationships with students who are
similar to and different from them
Coping for LittlesSS7- Positively manage behavior and choices by applying self-discipline and self controlSS9- Select and utilize appropriate coping skills in the face of a specific challengeB-SMS 7. Effective coping skills