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Goal Setting Plays - sorting activity

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Teach students to set goals with this sports-themed goal-reaching success skills lesson. Now includes a digital version for use with Google Slides for digital learning. They will learn about behaviors that prevent goal completion such as procrastination, making excuses, not being realistic, doubting yourself, and discounting the goal.


This activity takes about 30 minutes to complete with a small or large group. The goal is for students to recognize negative goal behavior (sorting activity) and practice setting a realistic goal and creating a plan to achieve it (worksheets).



  • Activity description including instructions/walk-through of activity, objectives, materials, guiding questions, ASCA standards, and SEL competencies.
  • 5 goal setting pages, each with a different sports theme.
  • 3 goal reaching pages, focusing on ONE goal.
  • 1 page listing the Goal Reaching Fouls (negative goal behaviors)
  • 3 pages of sports balls, each listing one goal-reaching foul.
  • 5 pages of goal-reaching fouls sorting cards (40 cards in total)
  • 1 page of blank scenario cards (to make your own)
  • 1 page Answer Key
  • Black and white versions included!


►UPDATED: Now includes Google Classroom version, the link to access this resource on Google Drive and instructions for use is on page 43.



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