Comprehensive Classroom Guidance Lesson Interactive Notebook Bundle



You probably already know that I LOVE using interactive notebooks in classroom guidance and small groups. Students retain so much more information because they are, wait for it, interacting with the material. I've used "lessons learned" and student responses from this to create a comprehensive classroom guidance lesson interactive notebook bundle with 36 lessons for all-year learning. I divide it into 4-5 sections (self, others, unity, community, and a section of supplemental lessons to use throughout the year when appropriate). Each lesson includes a lesson plan, handouts, visual aids,  interactive notebook pages, a corresponding character word poster, and interactive notebook pages for the character word as well! I wanted to share an inside look at an actual completed notebook, so stick with me for 36 lessons!
First up, meet the counselor!
Next, a quick multiple intelligences assessment.

Students learn about each type of intelligence. Under the flaps, they write how they demonstrate that intelligence or how they would like to improve in this area.

Students write about their strongest type of intelligence.




We talk about SMART goals at the beginning of the year to get students started on the right foot!

Students set SMART goals and keep track with this fun puzzle

We then break a long-term SMART goal into 2 short-term goals and set deadlines!
We also include this fun page to keep track of goal accomplishments.

Next up: Growth mindset! Students reframe fixed mindset statements into growth mindset statements.
We talk about how self esteem affects our everyday lives, and students identify 6 things they love about themselves!
We make this fun flower to talk about how to demonstrate responsibility. Students then identify their personal responsibilities to themselves, at home, at school, and to their community.
We talk about what respect means and students write how about how it feels to be respected.
Around Thanksgiving, we talk about how to show others that we appreciate them!
All about making friends!

You made a friend, so how do you keep him? This fun flip book teaches kiddos how to keep a friendship going!

This powerful activity gives students an inside look at what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes.
What can you do if you experience or witness bullying?
This lesson is all about demonstrating compassion for others.
The acronym SLIDES helps students remember how to cooperate in groups!
This fun flip folder walks students through the steps of resolving a conflict with a friend.
This lesson introduces students to the format of peer mediation. It's a great way to scout out some new mediators for your program, too!
This lesson shows students how their own behaviors can affect others, hopefully in a positive way!

We do one lesson each career cluster with a fun activity to discuss the skills/interests of the typical person in the career cluster.
Students take a brief career interest inventory. This lesson can be done before or after the career cluster lessons - personal choice! 
Students create a flip book to get them thinking about their own personal skills and areas in which they would like to improve.
Students complete a career exploration activity using O*NET and can make this flower or the career sundae pictured below.

Students learn that they do not have to be an adult to be a community helper! They identify ways they are already helping their communities or ways they could be helping.
Students cycle through personal safety centers to learn about 5 ways to keep themselves safe! I like to do this lesson close to summer as many students in Hawaii have lots of free time to explore the island on their own during the summer!

This lesson teaches students basic principles of safe use of Internet/technology.
This supplemental lesson is for National School Counseling Week and serves as a reminder of what you do and also gives students the opportunity to share something they might need a little help with.

Give students info on ways they can set themselves up for success before test-day!
Basic test-taking strategies served up in scoops of success!


This growth sandwich gives students a chance to reflect on the year and look forward to new challenges!


Phew, we made it! These interactive notebook pages help students truly remember what we talk about because they get to make it their own with personal responses, coloring, etc. Even doing 36 lessons and including character education pages as well, there are still plenty of leftover pages for students to use as a journal, so feel free to skip pages!

Also, several counselors have asked how much time I spend on classroom guidance. The goal is one 45-minute lesson EVERY WEEK for every class. Does that always happen? Of course not. But this bundle is set up to get you through that! Also, you can always pick and choose lessons to fit your needs, and if you're short on time, you can always cut out some of the character ed components. I know many schools don't do a word every week because, well that's a ton! But I wanted to include a corresponding word with each lesson just so that they're available if you need them. The actual breakdown of time varies. If there are interactive notebook elements that correspond to the actual material I'm teaching during the lesson (see the self-esteem lesson above), I absolutely don't mind if students are coloring the elements while we're talking. Some of the lesson activities include a "craftivity" that can be attached directly in the notebook, so that also saves some time. However, there are some lessons where we're doing something really interactive and movement based, and in those cases, we spend about 30 minutes on the lesson and the last 15 doing our interactive notebook pages. It really just depends on what works for you!

If  you're considering using an interactive notebook for your lessons, check out my comprehensive classroom guidance interactive notebook bundle in my TpT store! All of the lessons are sold individually as well.

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3 comments

  1. This is fantastic! I will be a brand new counselor next year and I have just a few questions... I will have my own classroom and students will come to me. Do you think it would be easier to keep their notebooks or do they take them back to class with them? Also, do you have students provide their own and bring from home by having their teacher put it on their supply list?

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    1. Hi Lesley! (1) That is AMAZING that you'll have your own classroom! In that case, I think for younger grades like 4th, it might be easier to keep them in crates in your own room. Some of my students do like to use the notebook as a journal as well, but they usually just mention it to me at the end of class and I totally don't mind if they take it home to do that but I do make a list of students who do this so I can remind them a couple of days before I'm going to see them again to bring it back to school. (2) This year, a community member who owns a store that sells school supplies donated the composition books! We're a small school, but it helped tremendously! If we hadn't had this, I probably would have asked teachers to add it to the school supply list. Hope this helps! Email me any time if you want to talk about doing IN next year! counselorkeri@gmail.com

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  2. Hi Lesley! (1) That is AMAZING that you'll have your own classroom! In that case, I think for younger grades like 4th, it might be easier to keep them in crates in your own room. Some of my students do like to use the notebook as a journal as well, but they usually just mention it to me at the end of class and I totally don't mind if they take it home to do that but I do make a list of students who do this so I can remind them a couple of days before I'm going to see them again to bring it back to school. (2) This year, a community member who owns a store that sells school supplies donated the composition books! We're a small school, but it helped tremendously! If we hadn't had this, I probably would have asked teachers to add it to the school supply list. Hope this helps! Email me any time if you want to talk about doing IN next year! counselorkeri@gmail.com

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