"What's Your Word?" Student Word Goals for the New Year

Get the new year kick-started with a fresh take on goal-setting. Have each of your students create a word goal! It's a simple but powerful way to get students setting goals. Plus, it's easy to come back to, revisit, reflect, and even revise later on in the year.

I now have two editions of my "Student Word Goals" resources to help you implement the idea fully. The original edition, shown below:


And the speech bubble edition, show below:


PLUS, both editions have been updated to include fully DIGITAL versions, with Google Slides and PowerPoint options. (Check out the video below for some digital possibilities.)

Here's how to use these resources...

Get started by explaining to students that they will choose a word for themselves, one that will help them focus on an area of their lives in which they want to improve or grow. For example, words like "organization," "grateful," and "confidence," might become a student's word goal.

Have students brainstorm several possibilities before choosing the word with which they'll move forward.

Once students have chosen their word, have them create a flip-up display to showcase their goal.

On the outside flap of the folded display sheet, students draw their word in a stylish, creative way. If age-appropriate, see if students can even draw their word in a way that actually portrays the meaning of the word. For example, for the word "balance," maybe students draw the letters of the word "balancing" on a scale.

On the inside of the display, students explain why they chose their word and give action steps or examples of how they might work toward their goal. If you're using the Speech Bubble Edition, add a photo cutout of the student below their display for a finished look!

Instead of drawing and writing by hand, you could also have students create a word-art piece using PowerPoint or Google Slides, and then type the details of their goal.

Set up a bulletin board to hang students' word goal displays. Use a catchy phrase like, "What's Your Word?" as the title to your board.

Both the original edition and the speech bubble edition of my Word Goal resources include bulletin board letters (in the cool fonts shown in the photos!) to print and cut out.

Showcasing students' word goal posters will serve as encouragement and reminders to students.

And the displays may even encourage others who view them to come up with their own word goals!

Follow up on students' word goals every couple of weeks or so, having them reflect on their word and update their progress toward their goal using these update booklets.

Also consider discussing and selecting a few whole-class word goals to display! 

Don't forget, my full resource (both Original Edition and Speech Bubble Edition) also comes with digital versions of the main components, in both Google Slides and PowerPoint formats.

You can get the whole Original Edition of my Student Word Goals resource from my TpT store by clicking HERE, or click the picture below. Included in the resource:

  • What's My Word? student planning page
  • Student Word Goal display (2 versions)
    • Version 1: flip-open display copied front-to-back: word on outside, details insides
    • Version 2: single sheet with all the info on one side
  • Word Goal Update Booklet
  • DIGITAL OPTIONS (Planner, Displays, Update Form) in Google Slides & PowerPoint
  • Bulletin Board letter templates for "What's Your Word?" board (2 sizes)
  • "Our Class Word Goals" sheet for whole class

Or for the Speech Bubble Edition of my Student Word Goals resource, click HERE or the picture below.


Happy New Year!

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