Executive Functioning Skills Activities - Worksheets & Lessons for Elementary

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Teach executive functioning skills to your elementary students using these lessons, worksheets, and activities! Skills targeted include planning, organization, time management, task initiation, working memory, metacognition, self-control, attention, flexibility, and perseverance.

Each lesson is presented with "kid friendly" language to help younger learners grasp critical concepts of executive functioning skills to boost their brain power. With 50+ pages, students will have plenty of practice strengthening these skills!

Table of Contents - Activities & Skills Included:

  • Educator Guides
  • Let's Boost Our Brain Power
  • Brain Checklist (self-assessment)
  • Skill 1: I Can Plan (Planning)
  • Skill 2: I Can Organize (Organization)
  • Skill 3: I Can Use My Time Well (Time Management)
  • Skill 4: I Can Start Right Away (Task Initiation)
  • Skill 5: I Can Use My Memory (Working Memory)
  • Skill 6: I Can Think About What I Know (Metacognition)
  • Skill 7: I Can Think Before I Act (Self-Control)
  • Skill 8: I Can Pay Attention (Attention)
  • Skill 9: I Can Be Flexible (Flexibility)
  • Skill 10: I Can Work Through Challenges (Perseverance)
  • Executive Functioning Certificates

Digital and Print Versions

An optional digital version for Google Slides is included. To access, just open the PDF with "digital directions" in the title and click the link.

Version for Early Writers

A version is included with lines for early writers. Choose this option if your students need more support with lines during the writing process.

How to Use

  • Teach for the whole class to help give a foundation of strong EF skills for every student.
  • Use one worksheet per day for morning meeting.
  • Provide as a targeted intervention for students in most need. While all students can benefit from learning strategies to strengthen executive functioning skills, some may need more of a boost than others.
  • Teach in a small group to provide extra support.

Why Teach Executive Functioning Skills?

Executive functioning skills are the basis for planning, organizing, initiating, and following through will all tasks, assignments, and problems inside and outside of school. Many students who forget assignments, are disorganized, can’t complete long-term assignments, have trouble focusing, and experience difficulty with change often have weak executive functioning skills. These are the students who need to be taught explicit skills in order to become successful in school and in life after school. Simply put, executive functioning skills are necessary life skills.

It's important to note that all kids, no matter the age, can learn improved executive functioning skills. These lessons are specifically designed with more pictures, drawing, and simpler wording to allow younger learners to access executive functioning materials.

*** Materials focus on boosting skills and providing strategies. In turn, the goal is for students to feel empowered to do their best. Remember that each child is building their skills at their own pace!

Executive Functioning for Older Kids!

{ Executive Functioning MEGA BUNDLE }

Target executive functioning and study skills necessary for academic success at the middle and high school level. The bundle includes over 300 pages full of lessons, templates, and workbook pages to teach study strategies and ways to improve executive functioning skills. It includes a huge assortment of my executive functioning and study skills materials in one place.

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