Emotion Recognition and Self Regulation Six Week School Counseling Small Group


Elementary (2nd-5th)

Researched Based

ASCA & CASEL Aligned

Easy to Implement

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This 6-week emotion recognition and self-regulation small group is designed to help students identify their feelings, emotions, and applicable coping skills to help them self-regulate. 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 to identify and describe different feelings, recognize emotions in themselves and others, and select appropriate coping skills to regulate their emotions. In addition, they will develop empathy and identify people in their support system.


Week 1: Recognizing emotions

Week 2: Identifying feelings in oneself

Week 3: Identifying feelings in others

Week 4: Demonstrating empathy

Week 5: Practicing coping skills

Week 6: Identifying a support system


  • Sorting game
  • Dice game
  • Craft
  • Mystery posters
  • Song
  • Coping skills calm down bottle
  • Coping skills breathing exercises
  • Coping skills grounding exercise
  • Social story
  • Discussion cards
  • Flip book


  • 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.

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Each week students will develop tools they can use at home and school to help them identify and respond to feelings in themselves and others. In addition, they will develop empathy, identify people in their support system, and select appropriate coping skills to regulate their emotions.

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.


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.


This emotion recognition and self-regulation small group is designed for students in grades K-2 but it can be modified to work with students across different grade levels.

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