Long-Term Goals

6, 7, 8

Learners brainstorm a variety of short-term and long-term goals and discuss the logistics of carrying out the goals. They brainstorm needed resources and how they can persevere in reaching one or more of the goals.

PrintOne 20-minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • categorize goals as short-term or long-term goals and discuss ways to persevere to reach goals.
  • discuss the meaning of a quote by Albert Einstein and how it relates to perseverance and long-term goals.
  • two sheets of chart paper with the following headings: "short-term goals" and "long-term goals"
  • markers

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  1. Anticipatory Set

    Ask the learners to think of one goal they'd like to set for the day, such as get their homework done, and one goal for the year, such as make a new friend. Give them a few minutes to think and write them down.

  2. Goals can be short-term or long-term. Short-term goals are for things people plan to do or buy soon, usually in a day or month. Long-term goals, like saving for a big expense, may take years.

  3. Discuss what resources they need or actions they can take (personally and as a group) to persevere toward one or more of their goals.

  4. Read the following quote by Albert Einstein: "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." Discuss what this quote says about perseverance and long-term goals. 

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
    2. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Identify and research public or social issues in the community, nation or the world related to the common good. Form an opinion, and develop and present a persuasive argument using communication tools.
      2. Benchmark MS.3 Participate in acts of democratic citizenship in the classroom or school, such as voting, group problem solving, classroom governance or elections.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.
    2. Standard VS 02. Service and Learning
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Select a service project based on interests, abilities and research.
    3. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Describe the task and the student role.