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PERSEVERANCE

Community Meeting

S’morning To You!

Materials

  • 7 regular size marshmallows
  • One index card per student

Greeting Objective

The learners will describe a personal goal when using the campfire, “S’morning to You”greeting.

Directions

  • Students sit in a circle.
  • Explain that setting goals is very important. Have each student think of one goal.
  • Each student pairs up with another student.
  • Students greet each other.

USE THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:

Mike: “Good morning, Derek! Tell me s’more about your goal.”
Derek: “My goal is to ace the spelling test on Friday.”
Mike: “S’morning to you!”

  • Reverse roles. Derek now asks the question and Mike replies.
  • If time allows you may switch partners and do the greeting again, or have a few students share some of their goals. 

Marshmallow Goals

Engagement Objective

The learners will write realistic goals that will allow them to persevere to achieve each one successfully. 

Directions

  • Show students seven marshmallows, which represent goals—one marshmallow per goal.
  • Have one student stand in front of you and gently toss all seven marshmallows to the student. (The student will probably catch one or two).
  • Next, try it again, except this time toss each marshmallow one at a time. Count how many they were able to catch. (The student should catch almost all of them).
  • Explain that these marshmallows represent goals that you set for yourself to achieve. When you set too many goals, it becomes difficult and hard to persevere to achieve them all. Therefore, work on one or two at a time and you will be more likely to persevere and be successful.
  • Have students then write one or two goals on an index card that they will accomplish within the next month.
  • In about a month, share goals and accomplishments during a community meeting.

Inform

End your community meeting by informing your students about the schedule of the day.

Family Connection

Send home directions for the “Marshmallow Goals activity. Encourage families to set family goals at home.

Download Letter

ASCA: Grade 3, PS:B1.9  Identify long- and short-term goals.

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