Goal setting is a skill that should be taught through out the year in all grades. One easy way to teach goal setting with primary students is with a “Wall of Fame”. You need a fairly large wall or you can even use your windows. You will need several different categories/goals that your students will work to achieve throughout the year. Try to have a mixture of simple, moderately challenging, and challenging goals. Have a simple goal that most can achieve right off so your students will buy into the Wall of Fame. For kindergarten, a simple goal might be identify basic shapes or colors. For first grade, a simple goal might be letter identification. When students achieve the goal, let them write their name on a small cutout such as the ones below.
My students write their name on a shoe when they can tie their shoes, plus I give them a piece of shoelace licorice. They hang their shoe under the sign (above).