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Don’t you just love it when an idea comes together easily? We sure do! And thanks to #Collective Bias a cute and fun new resource is ready for your classroom!
You see, we had been trying to think of ideas for goal setting in the classroom for the new year…kind of like New Year’s resolutions. When we were given the opportunity to take part in the #PlanesToTheRescue campaign it all just sort of fell into place. “Taking Off Into a Great New Year!” is the theme for the goal setting resources we have come up with to get 2015 started off right in your classrooms.
Here we have provided ideas for a series of lessons on goal setting and how you might want to use our themed resources in your classroom.
Lesson 1: Setting the Stage – If possible, show the Disney movie Planes: Fire & Rescue to kick off your week of goal setting. It will engage the students and get them excited about the rest of the week. If you can’t do that, then just have a discussion about the movie. Ask if anyone has seen it, discuss the plot (characters, setting, problem & solution) and share favorite characters and parts.
**At this point, take digital pictures of each student in your classroom so that you can get the resources ready for lesson 3 (described below).
Lesson 2: What is a New Year’s Resolution? – Gather students and start a conversation about the popular term “New Year’s Resolution”. Determine their background knowledge by talking to them about what they know. Then move the conversation towards how New Year’s resolutions are simply goals that people create at the beginning of a new calendar year and discuss why they might do it at this time. Tell them that setting goals is the first step in accomplishing things they feel are important. Let them know that goal setting is something they can do in their personal or student life and that you will be setting goals together to make sure that 2015 is the best it can be in the classroom. Relate your goal setting to the movie by telling them that you are all getting ready to “Take Off Into a Great New Year!”
We have created a collection of printables to accompany the lessons below. You will find the set here: Student Goal Setting with Planes
Lesson 3: Forming Fleets & Creating Group Goals – Separate your students into groups of four or five. (We have provided resources for up to six groups.) Tell them that each group is now a “fleet” that will create goals and encourage each other to meet those goals. Discuss the term “fleet” and how it relates to planes. Each group will be assigned a team mascot which is a character from the movie Disney Planes Fire & Rescue. Make a trip to your local Walmart to purchase these characters to suspend from the ceiling above each group. Then, print off our Disney Planes Character Table Tents to put in the middle of each table as well.
Currently Walmart has some great Rollback items related to the movie that can help you get your group mascots for a reasonable price and also provide you with some extra classroom decor during your goal setting lessons. (Not to mention some fun indoor recess toys!) Take a look at what we found…
Planes Character Assortment die-cast set and the Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Character Assortment die-cast set are both on Rollback at $4.97.
Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles, 3-Pack Rollback to $14.97
Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment Rollback to $19.97
Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway Rollback to $24.97
Discuss some possibilities for team goals that you feel would work for your classroom environment and group of students. These can be related to behavior, academics, reading minutes (inside or outside the classroom), math facts or any other number of possibilities. Have groups begin talking about some ideas as you circulate the room to help. Use our Fleet Goal Recording Page for them to record the goal that they determine for their group. HELPFUL HINT: Laminate these and have students use dry erase or Vis-a-Vis markers so the goals can be tweaked or adjusted as necessary by simply wiping them off and rewriting. You might even choose to have them set a new goal after they reach the first.
Lesson 4: A Pilot’s Job – Discuss the role of a pilot on a plane. The pilot’s job is to get the passengers or cargo from one point to another and is the most important person to make sure that this happens. Relate how getting from one point to another is just like achieving a goal – you start out in one place, but end up in another. Let the students know that they are now “pilots” and are in charge of taking their hopes from where they are now to the end point, which is meeting those goals. Present each student with a personalized “Meet the Pilot” sign. You can have them take these home to show parents, or you might want to keep them to display in the classroom.
Lesson 5: Setting Personal Goals – Tell your class that although each “fleet” has a group goal and will be encouraging each other on their journey to meet that goal, you also would like for all of them to think about a personal goal they can set for themselves. Ask students if they have ever set a goal, worked towards it and reached it. Discuss personal student stories. These might be related to school, home, sports or extra-curricular activities. Give each student a Personal Goal Recording Page and talk about some goals they could set for themselves as students for the rest of the school year. (Again, laminate so goals can be changed if needed.) Circulate the room to conference with each student as they brainstorm and before they write their final goal on the recording page. (This may take a few days.)
Lesson 6: Sharing Goals – Gather students together to discuss the goals of each “fleet”. If students wish to share individual goals, give them the opportunity, and then let others give ideas on good ways to help meet those personal goals. Also, to keep the goals in the forefront of students’ thinking, set up a classroom display of their laminated goal pages. You can choose to just add fleet goals or, if you have the space, add all of them to the display. Our resources also include two signs you can print in color or even enlarge on a poster maker to make your display more fun. However you decide to share, be sure to include parents. Letting them know that their child has a personal classroom goal is a great way to enlist their help.
Can you think of any other ways to incorporate Disney Planes Fire & Rescue into our theme of “Taking Off Into a Great Year!”? We would LOVE to hear some of your ideas!