Respect Lesson and Activities - Group Counseling Lesson Plans for Middle School


Middle School (6th-8th)

Researched Based

ASCA & CASEL Aligned

Easy to Implement

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This 7-week middle school respect counseling group is designed to help students define respect and learn skills to show respect at home, at school, and in the community. In addition students will learn how show others respect and to demonstrate respect even when experiencing strong emotions. This curriculum includes everything you need to run a successful school counseling small group including self-assessments to make data tracking easy. The included weekly outlines are aligned with CASEL Standards and ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors.

Students will learn what it means to be respectful and how to demonstrate respect at home, at school, in the community, and when experiencing strong emotions.

Middle School Respect Group Outline:

Week 1: Defining Respect

Week 2: Identifying Respect

Week 3: Being Respectful at School

Week 4: Being Respectful at Home

Week 5: Being Respectful in the Community

Week 6: Showing Respect when Experiencing Strong Emotions

Week 7: Showing Others Respect

Lessons/Activities Included:

  • Discussion Dice
  • Team-building Activities
  • Board Game
  • Heads Up Game
  • Charades Game
  • Respect Poster
  • "I Have, Who Has?" Game
  • Matching Game
  • Challenges

Here is what's included each week:

  • Outlines: Easy to implement outlines with ASCA and CASEL-aligned objectives
  • 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!
  • Engaging games and activities: I include everything you need to run each session. Simply print each week before the students arrive and you are ready to go.
  • Self Reflection Journal: Weekly journal reflections with writing prompts.


Benefiting Students:

Each week students will develop skills to show respect as well as empathy and self-esteem.

At a minimum, being in the counseling group allows students to identify and share their feelings, develop important social skills through participation, and practice empathy while hearing others’ experiences.

Saving Time:

With easy-to-implement outlines and activities, this group curriculum is very low-prep. Simply print out each session before students arrive and keep them in a file folder.

The included 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?

This respect small group is designed for students in grades 6-8 but it can be modified to work with students across different grade levels.

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