Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 15 - 20 mins

Topic: Goal Setting

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will review the meaning of the acronym of “S.M.A.R.T.” goal in preparation to write a goal of their own.

Know Before You Start: Students should be reminded what goals are and why specific goals are better than non-specific goals.


  • Ask students to raise their hand if they’ve ever wanted to accomplish something, but didn’t know where to start. Discuss.
  • Explain that the way to start is to get S.M.A.R.T. and go over the acronym:
    • Specific
    • Measureable
    • Attainable
    • Relevant
    • Timely


  • Display a digital version of the comic or offer handouts to students. Read and discuss the sample S.M.A.R.T. comic.
  • Ask students to brainstorm specific goals they’d like to achieve.
  • Using the S.M.A.R.T. comic as a guide,  coach students to write their own S.M.A.R.T. goal.
  • Have students create a six-panel comic illustrating their S.M.A.R.T. goal.
    • Panel 1: Should tell the reader what the student would like to achieve.
    • Panel 2: Should explain the goal more specifically.
    • Panel 3: Should highlight how the student will know they've achieved their goal. How will they measure their success?
    • Panel 4: Should ponder whether they have enough time and the right resources to achieve their goal. 
    • Panel 5: Should tell the reader what it means to them, or why it's important for them to achieve their goal.
    • Panel 6: Should assign a deadline to complete the goal. 


  • Allow students to print out their comics to refer back to throughout the time they're working towards their goals.
  • Allow students to share their comic with a partner, small groups or with the whole class.
  • Have students reflect:
    • Who can help keep me accountable to achieve this goal? 
    • Why is this goal important to me? 


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Provide a list of goals for students to choose from if needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.