Setting Goals and Making Plans Lesson

As adults, we encourage students to dream big, but many times, students don’t understand how to set goals and make plans to make dreams a reality. In fact, many students believe results are more often a matter of luck, but in these goal setting activities, we’re going to teach them that they can create their own luck by defining a goal and making a plan.

Note: These goal setting activities include worksheets for both younger and older students.

Prompt:  “What does it mean when someone says ‘good luck!’ or ‘you’re lucky?’

* Allow for students to answer and have a quick discussion* 

Some people think that finding a four leaf clover, especially on St. Patrick’s day can bring you luck.  Today we’re going to learn how we can make our own luck!  

If you have a dream or a goal, the best way to reach that goal is to make a plan.  For example, suppose I want to make the soccer team but I’ve never played soccer.  What are some ways I can put a plan in place and prepare? (get a soccer ball, practice at home, ask a friend that plays soccer for help). 

In order to reach our goals, we can create our own luck by putting an action plan in place.  I’m sure you all have something you’d like to do or would love to have. We’re going to work on creating plans to make our own luck!

* Pass out “Making My Own Luck” worksheet *

Prompt:  A goal is something we dream about or desire to happen.  A lot of people say ‘follow your dreams’ or ‘dream big’ and we should, but we need to have a plan in place to work towards it.  Some steps we can take to do this are:

Step 1:  Write down your goal (the thing that you want)

Step 2: Think about how you can make it happen

Step 3: Make a plan and write it down

Step 4: Follow your plan and don’t give up!

Prompt:  Think about a dream you have – it can feel big or small.  It can be something you’ve wanted to do at home or school, etc. Write it down in the space where it says “goal” on your worksheet.

Now, think about how you can make that happen. What do you need to do, or do you need help with in order to make that goal a reality?  When you have some ideas, write them in the next spaces provided.

For older students:  Have them write a date that they will reach this goal by.  Walk through how to make a realistic end date so they are giving themselves enough time to attain the goal.

* Discuss a few positive sayings that they can remind themself of when they are working hard towards this goal *

For older students:  Sometimes it’s fear that gets in the way of going for their goal. Encourage them to pinpoint and identify the source of their fear right from the start so they don’t create obstacles for reaching their goal.

Make copies of the goals and keep on hand to review.  Encourage students to take their goals home and keep it in a place they can see them every day.

Download Educator Instructions PDF
Download Making Your Own Luck Worksheet (Younger Students)
Download Making Your Own Luck Worksheet (Older Students)

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