Goal Setting Lesson Plan Example for 3rd Grade Students

Topic: setting academic goals

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify the different components of an academic goal and explain the importance of setting goals in school.


  • Whiteboard or chalkboard
  • Markers or chalk
  • Examples of academic goals (e.g. "I want to achieve a 90% grade in math this year")


  • Ask students if they have set any academic goals for the current school year.
  • Ask students to share their goals with the class.
  • Review the different components of an academic goal (objective, actionable steps, timeframe, accountability) and discuss the importance of setting goals in school.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the concept of goal setting and provide examples of different types of goals (academic, athletic, personal).
  • Discuss the importance of setting actionable goals with a timeframe and identifying potential obstacles.
  • Review the steps for setting an academic goal (identify objective, list actionable steps, set a timeframe, identify accountability).

Guided Practice

  • Have students work in pairs to set an academic goal using the steps discussed in the lesson.
  • Supportive guidance can be provided as needed.

Independent Practice

  • Have students work independently to set an academic goal.
  • Encourage them to use the steps discussed in the lesson to help them.
  • Provide support as needed.


  • Have students share their academic goals with the class. Ask them to explain why they chose the goal and how they plan to achieve it.
  • Ask students to reflect on the importance of setting goals and the role goal setting plays in achieving their dreams and aspirations.


  • Observe students during independent practice to assess their understanding of goal setting and their ability to create a specific and measurable goal.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of each goal by assessing whether the student was able to achieve it and how successful the student was in reaching the goal.

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