Goal Setting

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Learning Goal

Students will learn why setting goals is important and practice setting their
own goals.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Visualize their goals
  • List steps to achieve their goals
Learning Summary

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

The lesson begins with a mindfulness activity in which students focus on their breath and bodies while getting centered. In the introduction, you teach students about the importance of clarifying their goals and breaking them down into steps. The Munchy and Jumpy story then tells the tale of a treehouse sleepover in which the bunnies need to complete several silly and challenging tasks to be allowed in. Munchy sees the tasks as too daunting to even try, but once he is able to break down the goal into steps, he is able to reach the clubhouse. You then lead the students through a visualization of their goals and students fill out a Tree House Goals graphic organizer. Students end by drawing a picture of themselves reaching their goals.

computer icon Online Teaching Tips for Goal Setting

The Munchy and Jumpy story is the anchor for this lesson, introducing students to both their importance of goal setting. For either live or recorded, send out a copy of the Tree House Goal 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 abilities to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations. This includes the capacities to delay gratification, manage stress, and feel motivation & agency to accomplish personal/collective goals.

Responsible decision-making: The abilities to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. This includes the capacities to consider ethical standards and safety concerns, and to evaluate the benefits and consequences of various actions for personal, social, and collective well-being.