How to Teach Goal Setting to Elementary Students

June 16, 2024

How to Teach Goal Setting to Elementary Students

How to Teach Goal Setting to Elementary Students

These Back to School Goal Setting Activities are a must-have for every classroom to foster students’ growth mindset and taking responsibility for their learning.

Whether it’s the first day of school or during the first week of school, teaching goal setting to elementary students will lay the foundations for character building and character education.

This packet includes morning slides for check in, personalized goal setting cards and journal with writing prompts to help students express their ideas and thinking. Also included are ‘Our Goals’ bulletin board lettering.

This resource is available in both print and digital formats, so you have the option of projecting on your smartboard for whole class discussion and assigning to students in print form or digital (depending on age).

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How to Teach Goal Setting to Elementary Students

There are 5 components to this resource:

  • Teacher Notes (step-by-step notes on how to use this resource)
  • Morning Check In Slides with (Monday – Friday emotional check-ins)
  • 18 Goal Cards (color and b/w)
  • ‘My Goal Booklet’ for student reflection (to write, draw, review goal setting)
  • Bulletin Board Lettering that spells ‘Our Goals!’

1. Teacher Notes:

  • Step-by-Step Notes (how to use this resource)

2. Morning Check-In Slides include:

  • Monday: How do you feel today?
  • Tuesday: Turning a negative into a postive!
  • Wednesday: Share something about yourself
  • Thursday: What are you most proud of?
  • Thursday: Turn to the person on your right and pay them a compliment!

3. Personalized Goal Cards:

  • My goal is to persevere
  • My goal is to strive for personal best
  • My goal is to find the fun in learning
  • My goal is to recall and apply prior knowledge
  • My goal is to think deeply about my learning
  • My goal is to manage my impulsivity and not call out
  • My goal is to listen with an understanding heart
  • My goal is to work collaboratively with others
  • My goal is to think flexibly and use different strategies
  • My goal is to use my senses during Science
  • My goal is to have an inquiring mind
  • My goal is to sequence my ideas and communicate clearly
  • My goal is to extend my learning and stretch my thinking
  • My goal is to be imaginative and creative

4. Writing Journal:

  • ‘My Goal Setting Book’ (front cover page)
  • My goal is to persevere
  • My goal is to strive for personal best
  • My goal is to find the fun in learning
  • My goal is to recall and apply prior knowledge
  • My goal is to think deeply about my learning
  • My goal is to manage my impulsivity and not call out
  • My goal is to listen with an understanding heart
  • My goal is to work collaboratively with others
  • My goal is to think flexibly and use different strategies
  • My goal is to use my senses during Science
  • My goal is to have an inquiring mind
  • My goal is to sequence my ideas and communicate clearly
  • My goal is to extend my learning and stretch my thinking
  • My goal is to be imaginative and creative

5. Bulletin Board Lettering:

  • ‘Our Goals!’

How to Teach Goal Setting to Elementary Students

Why you need this resource:

  • Students feel empowered by having their own personalized goal to work towards
  • Students reflect and write about how they will achieve their goal so they feel a sense of responsibility and accountability
  • Students are eager to check the ‘achieved’ box and then select a new goal to work towards
  • Students believe in their potential and strive for personal best, which reflects in their everyday school life

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