Newcomer Experience Six Week ASCA Aligned School Counseling Small Group


Elementary (2nd-5th)

Researched Based

ASCA & CASEL Aligned

Easy to Implement

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This 6-week newcomer experience small group is designed to help students adjust to life in a new country. 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.


First generation and newcomer students will celebrate their culture, define their strengths, and set goals for the future. They will identify people in their support system, learn strategies for dealing with potential trauma and discuss how to handle lifestyle changes and missing loved ones.


This group includes interactive worksheet journals where students can self-reflect in a fill-in-the blank format!



Week 1: Lifestyle changes

Week 2: Missing loved ones

Week 3: Dealing with potential trauma

Week 4: Defining strengths

Week 5: Identifying a support system

Week 6: Making future goals and celebrating cultures



  • "About me" bag presentation
  • Memory book
  • Discussion game
  • Discussion cards
  • Paper chain craft
  • Pictionary game
  • Goal setting game
  • Show and tell



  • 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


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Each week students will learn support system and coping skills to to deal with being a newcomer and first generation student. In addition, they will build rapport with students from similar backgrounds while reflecting on their past and setting goals for their future.

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 newcomers small group is designed for students in grades 3-5 but it can be modified to work with students across different grade levels.

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