Executive Functioning and Study Skills Counseling Group & SEL Activities


Elementary (2nd-5th)

Researched Based

ASCA & CASEL Aligned

Easy to Implement

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This executive functioning and study skills counseling group helps students learn the essential executive functioning skills they need in order to succeed academically. The group is designed to last 8 weeks and be very low-prep! Each week includes an outline that is set to ASCA Standards and Objectives.

I have also included all of the data tracking tools you need to track student growth and make data collection easy!

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Group Outline

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Planning and Organization

Week 3: Task Initiation

Week 4: Time Management and Attention

Week 5: Perseverance

Week 6: Flexible Thinking and Growth Mindset

Week 7: Test Anxiety

Week 8: Balanced Lifestyle


 Group Rules: Suggested and DIY Group Rules poster so students can take ownership of the creation of the group rules and norms.

 Feelings Check: Feelings Check Poster to serve as a visual aid for students to self-reflect on their emotional state at the start of each session.

 Self-Assessments: Pre and post-group self-assessments to track student growth and make data collection easy!

 Outlines: Weekly, easy-to-follow outlines with objectives to meet ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors.

Games & Activities: A wide variety of games and activities each week including discussion games, scavenger hunts, word puzzles, and beach ball toss.

Journals: Weekly journal prompts for self-reflection

Icebreaker Activities Include:

  • Executive Functioning Scavenger Hunt
  • "Fake" Group Project
  • Procrastination Charades
  • Stroop Effect Poster Discussion
  • Perseverance Word Puzzles
  • Circle Chat Beach Ball Toss
  • Discussion Dice Card Game
  • Lifestyle Balance Poster Discussion

Doodle Journal: Each of the 8 weeks has a doodle journal activity page. The doodle journal is for students to have one place to review everything they’ve learned in the group. They can refer back to it after the group has ended. Plus it is a creative outlet they can use to strengthen their right brain while discussing left-brain skills!


Each week students will learn executive functioning skills they can use at school for increased academic success. In addition, they will improve communication skills, learn critical thinking, and practice self-reflection.

At a minimum, being in this counseling group allows students to identify and share their feelings, develop self-esteem through participation, and practice empathy while hearing others’ experiences.


With easy-to-implement outlines and activities, this executive functioning group curriculum is very low-prep. Simply print out each session before students arrive and keep them in a file folder. The self-assessments are a great way to get students to self-reflect on their progress and you can then share this information with teachers, and parents, or in your program report.

Who is this Group Designed For?

Executive Functioning is designed for students in grades 4-8.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rachel S. says, "This has been a great resource for a group of 5th grade students who need extra support with executive functioning skills. The lessons are easy to implement and the students are really enjoying the activities!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Caroline C. says, "My 3rd and 4th grade students loved the group activities and found them very engaging! My students learned a lot and I have seen a huge improvement with their organization skills."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kelsey D. says, "I am using this small group as an RTII intervention for a group of 5 4th grade students. The format is wonderful and provides them a greater sense of maturity compared to other elementary products. The ice breakers are probably their favorite part, which is great because they are just practicing the skills we are learning! They are taking the skills we are learning back to class and we are seeing growth on the RTII front (so far). Thank you!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kami W. says, "This was a great small group curriculum with everything ready to go."


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