Goal Setting with 4th Grade – Part 2 – What makes a GOOD goal?

You can see part 1 of 4th grade’s goal setting unit here.
Goal setting for 4th grders, part 2, What Makes a Good Goal?

Part 2 of my mini-unit on goal setting with a 4th grade classroom was on the three components of a “good goal”. While I think SMART goals are great, that’s too much for my 4th graders to handle, so we focus on the ideas that:

  • A good goal is realistic.
  • A good goal is specific.
  • A good goal has a plan.
We again used a PPT with some built in activities to go through the material

And here’s an outline of the PPT:

-Review material from previous lesson.
-In a circle, students complete a ball toss activity. Students stand in a circle and I give them the following guidelines:

            -Each person can only get the ball once.
            -You cannot toss the ball to someone right next to you.
            -I will be timing you.
-Continue through PPT.
– For specific:
-Have students work individually or as table groups to identify examples and non-examples of specific goals.

Student goal setting: Is it specific? Is it Realistic?
-Ask a student volunteer to make a specific goal for their ball toss time (do not interfere with how realistic it is) and write it down.
-For realistic:
            -Repeat the above
-For has a plan:
            -Students sort action steps by which goal(s) they would help you achieve.
Action step sort cards that help students develop a plan to reach their goals.

-Make a plan for how to complete the ball toss quicker.

-Repeat the ball toss activity (using their plan!) to see if they make their goal.


To download the goals and action steps, as well as the worksheet I use in the follow-up lesson, click the image below to link to them in my TpT store.

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