Goal Setting

GRADES 3-5

Learning Goal

Students will learn to clarify and establish concrete goals.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Visualize their goals
  • Create goals for school, relationships, and hobbies (personal interest)

Learning Summary

Setting goals is an essential life skill that helps us find meaning by providing direction and steps to achieve our dreams. This lesson introduces students to the practice of identifying their goals and breaking them down into manageable steps.

The lesson begins with a mindfulness activity in which students focus on their breath and bodies to get centered for learning. In the introduction, the class discusses why it’s important to set goals. You then lead the students in visualizing the achievement of their goals. Students then fill out a wheel of fortune graphic organizer listing their goals for school, for hobbies, and for their relationships. Students end by reflecting in their journals.

computer icon    Online Teaching Tips for Goal Setting

For either live or recorded, send out a copy of the Goal Wheel of Fortune worksheet or have students draw their own.

Have students share their goals with their classmates.

Encourage students to share their goals with a family member or have them sent to you.

CASEL Competencies

Self-management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Decision-making: The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.

Classroom Teaching Example

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