Fall School Counseling Classroom Guidance Lesson

Are you looking for a last-minute Halloween classroom guidance lesson or a way to use those leftover pumpkins after Halloween? I painted my pumpkin like a pineapple and carved my pineapple like a pumpkin for a quick school counseling lesson that packs a punch. Gather your pumpkins and art supplies to encourage your students to express their unique qualities!
This lesson gives you an opportunity to talk with students about why being unique and expressing themselves in their own way is so special! After all, if every pumpkin in the patch looked exactly the same, life would be pretty boring! When we express ourselves in ways that feel true to who we are, we make a beautiful, dare I say, GOURD-geous community (don’t roll your eyes too hard at that one!). 
So, paint or transform your pumpkin before your lesson or have your students help you come up with an idea for how to transform your pumpkin into something unique (bring lots of art supplies if you plan on doing it with the class: paint, stickers, glitter, glue, feathers, etc). Then, talk about the reasons people may present themselves on the outside as something that doesn’t match who they feel on the inside (peer pressure, wanting to fit in, etc.). Then, give students a chance to share something that makes them unique and a gourd-geous addition to the school community. 
Remind your students that they never have to be who society or their peers expect them to be if it doesn’t feel true to them! Just because someone else expects you to be one thing doesn’t mean you have to be that thing, and just because someone tells you that you can’t be something certainly doesn’t mean you can’t be that thing. If someone else expects you to be a basketball player because you’re tall, you don’t have to be a basketball player. Just because someone tells you that you can’t be an engineer because you’re a girl DOES NOT mean you can’t be an engineer! Don’t feel like you have to fit into someone else’s mold. Be a pineapple in a pumpkin world ?
Here’s a simple handout that students can color to transform their own pumpkins into something unique. These make a great Fall bulletin board! {Click here to download it for free}.
How are you celebrating fall in your school counseling program? What other ways do you recycle your pumpkins? Let me know in the comments below!


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