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Help People Keep Their New Year's Resolutions

Students will create a system that helps people keep their New Year's resolutions and think of a way to market it to the public.

PROCESS:

  1. Poll the class to see how many students made a New Year's resolution this year. Poll the class again to see how many students are still keeping their resolutions and how many are already off track.
  2. As a class, discuss reasons why most people fail to stay true to the goals they set with each new year. Then examine the ideas from the article that experts say can bolster people's chances of achieving New Year's resolutions. Discuss the merits of each.
  3. Encourage students to think about their own lives. What helped them achieve some goals and what stopped them from accomplishing others? Based on these experiences, have students compile a list of simple tricks that could help others stick to their goals.
  4. Divide the class into small groups. Challenge group members to use their lists of simple tricks to create a system that would help people keep their New Year's resolutions. Encourage them to sketch a picture and write a detailed description explaining how their system would work. Then have each group think of a way to market its new system to the public.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite groups to share their ideas with the class. Encourage classmates to identify aspects of each idea that would most help them stick with their New Year's resolutions.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Give groups time to share tips, brainstorm ideas, sketch and write about their new system. Have them come up with a creative name and logo. Then encourage groups to identify what they think would be the most effective way of marketing their idea to the public. Challenge them to explain why they chose that method of delivery.
Grades 5-6:
Give groups time to share tips, brainstorm ideas, sketch and write about their new system. Have them come up with a creative name and logo. Encourage group members to work together to identify two ways they could market their new system to consumers.
Grades 7-8:
Give groups time to share tips, brainstorm ideas, sketch and write about their new system. Have them come up with a creative name and logo. Encourage group members to work together to identify at least two ways they could market their new system to different target audiences.
Grades 9-10:
Give groups time to share tips, brainstorm ideas, sketch and write about their new system. Have them come up with a creative name and logo along with a detailed storyboard outlining their ideas. Encourage group members to work together to create a mass marketing plan to introduce their new system to consumers through print, television, radio and social media outlets.