3rd Grade Family Change Small Group

I am beginning to facilitate a small group for students who have gone through a family change and don’t have a mom and dad living in the same house. I leave the group open to children who have divorced parents, single mom, parents never married, one parent in jail or other unique situation. I included my outline of sessions to be delivered as well as the pre and post test that I use.

Purpose/Goal of the Group: Students will learn that they are not the only ones with a unique family situation. Students will also learn healthy ways to cope with the family change while increasing his or her self-image.

Participants: Participants were identified by the results of a survey. To participate in the group, parents had to sign a permission form.

 Time and Length of Group: Ten 3rd grade students will meet on Thursday’s at Lunch (11:55-12:35) for five weeks. Continue reading


3rd Grade Girls Friendship Group Outline

I thought I would share a small group that I just finished running with a group of 3rd grade girls at the school I intern at. I had a very small group and really enjoyed it. We met for 45 minutes once a week during lunch. Here is my outline of 6 sessions:

Week 1

ASCA Standards: PS:A1.9 Demonstrate cooperative behavior is groups.

Materials needed: Roy’s Story Cubes, pre-test, group rules

  • Explain what this group is about and what we are going to talk about
  • Group rules-explain the importance of rules and ask the girls what kinds of rules do they want (confidentiality). All students will sign the group rules sheet.
  • Pre-test
  • Play a game of Roy’s story cubes


Week 2

ASCA Standards: PS.A1.5 Identify and express feelings; PS.A1.9 Demonstrate cooperative behaviors in groups; PS. A2.6 Use effective communication strategies.

Materials Needed: Homemade board game (see previous post on the board game Welcome to the Zoo) and Bright Spot Sentence Completion Cards.

  • Play Welcome to the Zoo. The cards include Bright Spot Thoughts and Feelings Sentence Completion Cards and homemade cards that include statements such as “give the player to your right a compliment.”

Process the game: What did we learn about each other? What was it like to receive and give compliments? thoughts and feelingsWeek 3

ASCA Standards: PS.A2.8 Learn how to make and keep friends; PS.B1.6 Apply conflict resolution skills

Materials Needed: Fortune Teller Sheets, Diane Senn, Small Group Counseling

  • Have students identify common friendship problems and define the word “conflict”
  • Create a list of ways that students can solve friendship problems (Rock, paper, scissors, flip a coin, let the other person go first, talk it out, compromise, etc)
  • Students will practice with the fortune teller with ways that they can solve the problem.
  • Process: All students will have conflict, what are some ways that we can solve our own problem before telling a teacher?

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Week 4

ASCA Standards: PS.A1.1 Develop positive attitudes towards self as a unique and worthy person; PS.A2.8 Learn how to make a keep friends

Materials Needed: Making Friends is an Art, by Julia Cook.

  • Questions: How many of you wish you had more friends? Do you ever feel like you don’t fit in?
  • Read: Making Friends is an Art, by Julia Cook (They are 3rd grade students but enjoyed the book)
  • Questions after reading: Which crayon do you think you are most like? What is one thing that the brown crayon did at the end of the story to make friends? What is something that you can do to make a new friend?

julia cook

Week 5

ASCA Standards: PS.A1.1 Develop positive attitudes toward self as unique and worthy, PS.A1.10 Identify personal strengths and assets; PS.A2.3 Recognize, accept, respect and appreciate individual differences.

Materials Needed: Thumbprint worksheet, Small Group Counseling by Diane Senn.

  • Students will complete the thumbprint activity. We will talk about how all of our thumbprints are different.
  • Students will stamp their thumb on the pages and draw in the characters for things such as, “I like to” or “My teacher says I’m good at.”
  • We will compare drawings and look for similarities and differences

Week 6

ASCA Standards: PS.A2.8 Learn how to make and keep friends, PS.A1.1 Develop positive attitudes toward self as a unique and worthy person, PS.A1.10 Identify personal strengths and assets.

Materials Needed: Dry erase markers, post-test

  • Look back at everything that we talked about, what did we learn about friendships?
  • One student will stand in front of a whiteboard and other students will write nice things about her or things she is good at. After it is done the girls will look back at what everyone wrote about her (if allowed, I will take a picture for them to keep).
  • Post-test

dry erase

Collecting Data:

  • Process: Four 3rd grade students will attend my group for a total of 6 weeks for 45 minutes sessions.
  • Perception: Students will complete a pre and post-test and results will be analyzed
  • Outcome: Ask the teachers if the students have had more friends in class (someone to pick during partner times). Observe the children at recess.

Follow Up: We will follow up with the girls a month after the group is completed and see how they are doing.

If you would like a word document copy of my agenda, pre-test, or friendship cards for the board game please put a comment below with your email address and I will send them to you. Thank you.