Monthly Archives: January 2013

My Feeling Bag….


Here is the counselling lesson plan for “My Feelings Bag

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Title of Lesson: My Feeling Bag

Lesson Topic: Feelings

Target Grade: 2

Duration:  60 mins

Objective: To learn to identify feelings and to recognize that feelings can be expressed as well as hidden. This is in relation to their current unit.

Materials: paper bag, crayons or sketchpens and different/same colour small strips of paper.

Activity Outline:

  1. Brainstorm the feelings words and jot down on the board.
  2. Make paper bags (by children) and have strips of papers ready.
  3. Explain the concept of “expressing feelings and hiding feelings” using paper bag as a metaphor to describe one’s own body.
  4. Ask Children to decorate their paper bag in a colourful way.
  5. Form two groups and provide them with rough sheet. One group will write “the feelings that they can express” and other group will write “the feelings they generally hide”. Share responses and discuss with relevant examples.
  6. Then individually provide them their paper bag. Ask children to write the feeling words they generally express, on the outside of the bag.
  7. Strips of paper are used to write the feeling words which they generally hide. One feeling word will be written on one strip of paper, then they have to put these strips inside the bag to show hidden feelings.
external side of the bag

external side of the bag

external side of the bag

external side of the bag



 external decoration on the bag

external decoration on the bag

Questions focused:

  • Do you have more feelings that you keep to yourself or express to others?
  • What do you think will happen if you kept all feelings to yourself and never expressed to others?
  • Do you usually feel better or worse when you share your feelings with others?
  • Have you ever had a bigger problem when you haven’t expressed your feelings?
  • Do you think it’s better to express your feeling or to hide it?

Children were able to identify and recognize the hidden feelings and the expressive feelings of themselves, their friends and even their family members. This session also proved very useful as it was in co-ordination with their unit-“Expression of Feelings”.

hidden feelings

hidden feelings


IMG02221-20130123-1059I generally follow this format for all my classroom counselling sessions. Kindly share your classroom counselling/ Guidance classes format. You could also suggest me how I could improvise my format.

Thank you for reading my blog…

Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee


Mission Friends


missionFriendships are a very important part of our lives. We learn the skills of friendship from our childhood. Research proves that strong, genuine friendships can be created in childhood than adulthood.

This classroom counselling session was conducted for grade 4 students. The aim was to help children get involved with each other and be friendlier.

I came up with the name “Mission Friends” because I had conducted this session just a month after the school had started. At that time, new students were still little hesitant to mix up with other classmates as old students had strong groups. “Mission Friends” would help the new and old students to get along with each other and help them know more about their classmates likes and dislikes. This activity was conducted for 45 mins.


Activity Outline:

  1. Discussion about what is friendship and what friendship means to the class.
  2. Sheet of “Mission Friends” was flashed on the board and groups of 2 or 3 children were formed.
  3. Grouped children tried to know about each other with the help of the sheet as guideline. Time limit provided for discussion was 5-7 mins
  4. Introduction about their group members in the form of verbal presentation.

These presentations were interesting as children had to introduce and talk about their partner’s (group members) likes/ dislikes from the provided list. This activity had a positive outcome as they could find many similar things among themselves which helped them to reduce their barrier and establish friendship.

Mission Friends Handout Mission Friends


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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee

School Counselling Linking Party 2013


linky2“Linky Party” is a very new concept to me and I am glad to participate in such an event. This is the specialty of the web world that I can participate from India and we all can be easily connected and have clear communication. Thanks Marissa for providing such a partying opportunity.

Well, I am a newbie in the blogging world, just started in November 2012. I have written very few posts and shall continue writing more this year.


I think my “Best Blog Feature” will be “Program” where I will include various School Wide Counselling Programs conducted for the entire PYP. You can read more about the programs here.


I like my post on “Special Day”. It was indeed a “Special Day” at school as the entire PYP was celebrating and thinking about their “Special” qualities. I also like this post because I have supported it with many pictures.


As I have just started, I still have not received any feedback for the post clamming “Most Popular Blog Post”. Maybe I can answer that in next “Linky Party”.

But I also like my blog about “Friendly Fuschia” as it was a fun session with prep 2 class and the session was really effective and it reduced their teasing behaviour and helped them have a better rapport with their classmates. i am sure you all will like this blog.


These blogs have actually inspired me to start blogging. Thanks for all the resources provided on these blogs.

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Friendly Fuschia


I designed this lesson plan for prep 2 class for their unit “Story”. Being a counsellor, I thought of combining their unit “Story” with counselling (Classroom Counselling/ Guidance Class) and focus on the current problems in the class. Before designing the unit, I had a discussion with their homeroom teacher where I gathered information about the class, her concerns, distraction/unpleasant behavious in class etc. The outcome of the discussion was to address the class about teasing and to develop a better bond among the classmates.


Activity Outline:

  •  Read attached story “Friendly Fuschia”.friendly fuchsia
  • Review each character and
  •  Reinforce that students choose their behavior and that there can be a lot of “Friendly Fuchsias” in the class. (not gender specific)
  • Discuss the behaviour cards and in form of activity, differentiate the “Good behavior and Bad behavior” cards. Good Behaviour

“Good behaviour and Bad behaviour” cards were given to the class and they had to identify the good behaviour and bad behaviour and stick the cards on two separate plain sheets of paper.

It is very important for students to know that “Friendly Fuschia” is not Gender Specific. This character focuses on demonstrating effective skills for being friendly and polite and to avoid other disturbing behaviours in class.


After Effects:

Homeroom teacher assigned the title of “Friendly Fuschia” to each child every day to help them be responsible and display characteristics of “Friendly Fuschia”. This helped in managing the class. As per the teachers’ feedback, this lesson made an impact in their minds and teasing behaviour reduced. Children are friendlier with their classmates.

Thank you for reading my blog…

Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee

Friendship Cake


This activity was conducted for grade 6students .The objective of this activity is to help children develop skills to interact with others, demonstration of effective skills for interacting individually and in group. This activity helps them understand the essential elements of friendship.

cup cake

Materials: crayons/ sketch pens, cake cutout

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Activity Outline:

  • Brainstorm on the topic “what comes to your mind when you hear the word friendship?. Write the responses on the board. Eg- honest, loyal, truthful, supporting, caring etc.
  • Brainstorm on the topic “when you think of recipe what action words come to your mind?” eg- blend, stir, mix, bake, fry etc. write the responses on the board.
  • Brainstorm and list on the board measurements and quantity required in recipes. Eg- kg, gram, lts, 1 spoon, ½ spoon, ¼ th spoon etc.
  • Provide the cake cutouts to the class.
  • Explain the class that they have to write a recipe for “Friendship Cake” which includes the details from the brainstorming sessions. Relevant examples were provided.
  • Lastly they have to decorate their cake in a colourful way.

cake cut out

Friendship Cake Example


  • • 1      cup of helping others
  • • ½    cup of compromise
  • • 2      cups of trust
  • • 4      tablespoons of compliments
  • • 1      cup of cooperation
  • • 2      cups of loyalty
  • • ¼    cup of self-esteem
  • • 2      tablespoons of kindness
  • • 2      tablespoons of caring
  • • 2      tablespoons of honesty


Few of students work can be seen here.

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friendship cake samples by children

friendship cake samples by children

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee




I can be a “Super Friend”


I made a lesson plan for prep1, pre2 and grade1 (it was conducted separately as per the grade level). The focus of this unit was to learn to co-operate in class, be friendly with others, share things and toys. I also interconnected it with respective academic units of the above mentioned grades- body parts, family and sense organs.

The activity started by displaying a PPT based on “Super Friend” on the projector followed by loads of interaction which included examples, simple problem solving situations, modeling of certain behaviours, sharing of opinions etc.

i can be superfriend

Observation time of a week was set. The respective grade homeroom teachers were asked to select a child who displayed maximum characteristic of being a “Super Friend”. The selection was decided to motivate and praise the children who displayed the characteristics of being a “Super Friend”. The homeroom teacher was asked to prepare a small description (write up) of the criteria’s that matched with the child’s behaviour or any short incident which showed the child’s qualities of being a “Super Friend”.

This deserving child was then appreciated with customized “Super Friend” certificate in the PYP assembly and the short description was read by the PYP co-coordinator. This reading out of positive description helped to increase the child’s self esteem and set as a positive example for other PYPians.

Certificate_Kasturi Bhattacharya

The criteria’s for selection were:

  1. Being friendly with everyone in class.
  2. Helpful towards classmates.
  3. Others want to be this child’s friend.
  4. Avoids using mean words or actions like hitting.
  5. Taking turns while playing or sharing their things (stationary, books etc.)

The intention of this program was, to inform children that they are being watched and reinforced for their appropriate actions; it would be inspiration for others to inherit the qualities and characteristics of “Super Friend” and improve their friend ship skills.


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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee


Orientation of new students


Orientation of new students

Here is the lesson plan I made for the orientation of new students joining the academic year 2012-2013. The session was divided in two parts-Boarders and Day Scholars. The target groups were new student from grade 1 to grade 6.
The session was planned in an interesting way to keep the students attention focused. I started and ended with a fun games/ activities. The focus was more on interaction and trying to know more about the new students. I took care to make students very comfortable so that they could share about themselves.
The format of the session is attached here new students(boarder). My role of a counsellor was explained to them in brief.

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee