Grade Levels: K-3

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This lesson accompanying the BrainPOP Jr. 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.


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

  • What steps did you take?
  • What worked well? How so?
  • What didn’t work? Why not?


  • Play the Setting Goals movie.  
  • Click the pause button each time a question appears in Annie’s Notebook and discuss it as a class. Then play to see how Annie answers it. 

TIP: The pause button turns red to remind you to pause. 

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Students take the Easy Quiz or Hard Quiz, demonstrating what they learned about the topic while applying essential literacy skills.


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 or grade-level needs.

  • Draw About It: Think about a SMART goal you want to achieve, then draw something you need to do to accomplish it.
  • Activity: Use the chart to track your work and check how you’re doing as you meet your SMART goal.
  • Talk About It: Use the chart to set a SMART goal.
  • Write About It: Name a goal you want to achieve and explain why it is important to you.

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