Apologies: Lesson and Activities on How, When, and Why to Say Sorry

  • $4.50

This lesson contains multiple parts that you can use to help students create genuine apologies by developing the social-emotional skills to do it independently (i.e., without an adult making them). You can easily break these activities into multiple sessions and/or weave them with other activities.

What You Get

  • Lesson Plan: Building an Apology
  • Saying Sorry Anchor Chart
  • Fantastic Fix-It Poster in Color and Black & White
  • When to Sorry Situation Cards (12 Cards as well as 12 Blank cards for personalization)
  • Fake and Real Apology Sort
  • Apology Prep Work Sheet
  • Build an Apology Organizer
  • How to Apologize Anchor Chart
  • Exit Tickets
  • Book List
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Reward Charts 


Students will be able to 
  • recognize when a situation requires an apology.
  • differentiate between fake and real apologies.
  • look at a situation to see what went wrong.
  • write a complete apology that addresses what happened.

Who Should Buy This?

This resource is ideal for school counselors, school psychologists, or school social workers. It can be used in small group counseling or in individual counseling to target social-emotional (SEL) skills that are slower developing. Classroom teachers, special education teachers, and speech and language pathologists working on social skills in small groups will also find this useful. It can definitely be used by a classroom teacher working with individuals or small groups.

The Helper Squad

The Helper Squad game came to life because I always struggled to find counseling materials that incorporated both CBT and social-emotional learning. I needed materials that were flexible and reusable. Most importantly, I wanted materials that my students connected to and used even when they were struggling. 


  1. Chief Emotion Officer helps us identify how we are feeling, how strong our feelings are, what triggers certain feelings, and when a feeling may get too big to handle.
  2. Doctor Positive helps us change negative thoughts by using facts for our thinking. Realistic, positive thinking is her goal!
  3. Coping Captain helps us use coping strategies when we are overwhelmed. He teaches us ways to calm down and makes sure we prepared when tough situations are ahead.
  4. Impact Inspector helps us understand how our actions affect others. She shows us how to see the situation from other perspectives and see if different choices would have led to a better outcome.
  5. Fantastic Fix-It helps us find ways to solve problems and make a situation better. He helps us apologize and come up with real solutions.

Meet The Helper Squad!