SMART-Goal Lesson Plan for High School Counselors

Are you a high school counselor looking for a quick and easy SMART-Goal Lesson Plan? This post includes procedures, objectives, Florida learning standards, accessibility features, and the PowerPoint to make it happen. Feel free to take inspiration from my lesson plan or email me with questions.

SMART-Goal Lesson Plan

Name: Health Education (9th-12th grade)
Subject: Social studies
Unit Title: Future Planning and Forward Thinking
Lesson Title: Writing SMART Goals
Estimated Time: 30 Minutes

Key Vocabulary: SMART goal, responsibility, accountability

Hand drawn set of gears turning for goal development.

Florida K-12 Standards

HE.912.B.6 Goal Setting – Demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health
HE.912.P.7 Self Management – Demonstrate the ability to practice advocacy, health-enhancing behaviors, and avoidance or reduction of health risks for oneself
HE.912.R.2 – Personal Responsibility

Objectives (Learning Goals)

  • Students will understand the importance of having SMART goals.
  • Students will be able to articulate the components of a SMART goal.
  • Students will be able to write three SMART goals.
  • Students will identify one way they can stay accountable for their SMART goals.


  • Blank paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • PowerPoint Presentation

Guiding Questions

  • What makes a goal specific?
  • What makes a goal measurable?
  • What is an achievable goal?
  • How can we choose relevant goals?
  • What makes a goal time-oriented?
  • How can we improve our goals?
  • What is a SMART goal? 
  • How can I stay accountable for my goals?
Pencil drawing.

SMART-Goal Lesson Procedure

1. Hook (5 min.): Ask the students to brainstorm for five minutes and write down any goals that come to mind that they would like to one day accomplish.  

2. Guided Practice (15 min.): PowerPoint lecture on the components of a SMART goal. PowerPoint includes examples of goals both written with and without a SMART format. 

3. Independent practice (10 min.): Students will reassess and format goals into SMART goals. 

4. Discussion (5 min.): Class discussion about making the SMART goals, and what they learned. 

5. PowerPoint (5 min.): PowerPoint slides and lectures contain a summary of what SMART goals are with content review, and three ideas for staying accountable with goals.

After the lesson, students will have written three personal SMART goals in the correct format.


The PowerPoint was made accessible by increasing font size, and color contrast, and limiting characters on each slide. This helps improve accessibility for those with visual disabilities, learning disabilities, and language differences. Additionally, pictures have been included with every slide to improve comprehension and understanding for all viewers.

References: MindTools. (n.d.)  “SMART Goals- How to Make Your Goals Achievable.”

See below for the full PowerPoint presentation, “Smart-Goal Lesson Plan”. 🙂

Using the PowerPoint and Lesson Plan

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