Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanying the BrainPOP topic Setting Goals addresses students’ understanding of how to set goals and identify strategies for achieving them. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of  projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Prompt students to think of a time when they wanted to improve or achieve something or make a change. Ask:

  • What steps did you take to improve, change, or achieve something?
  • Were you successful? How so? 
  • What didn’t work? Why?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Setting Goals topic page
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Students read the “In Depth” Related Reading and discuss with a partner the methods for reaching goals described in the text, including which they’ve tried before and which they plan to use in the future.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about setting goals while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Make a BrainPOP-style movie that identifies a goal you achieved or hope to achieve and how it addresses each of the SMART criteria. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map identifying goals. Review each to determine whether they meet the SMART-system criteria, and adjust them so that they do. (Essential Literacy Skill: Draw evidence to support reflection)
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme that illustrates the importance of making a goal time-bound or having a deadline. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)
  • Primary Source Activity: Listen to John F. Kennedy’s speech about his goal and cite details to answer the questions. (Essential Literacy Skill: Cite specific evidence to support conclusions drawn)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Setting Goals Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Setting Goals Quiz.

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Social-Emotional Learning Collection: Continue to build understanding around personal growth with BrainPOP’s six-week SEL curriculum that addresses the five CASEL competencies.

Additional Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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