Executive Functioning Skills Lessons & Activities

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These lessons teach executive functioning skills including planning, organization, time management, task initiation, working memory, metacognition, self-control, attention, flexibility, and perseverance. Each lesson includes a description of the skill, a pre-assessment, and activities to practice the skill.

Digital and Print Versions

This workbook comes with BOTH printable PDF versions and digital versions for Google Slides.

To access the digital online version, use the "Digital Directions." Click the link and choose "copy" to get your own paper-free document that students can use on computers or tablets. Text boxes have already been added to make it easier for you and your learners!

How to Use

Use these lessons to teach students about their own executive functioning strengths and challenges. As they become more self-aware, they can learn techniques to help them compensate for their challenges along the way.

These lessons can be taught in large or small groups by the regular education teacher, special education teacher, parents, or other support professional. These worksheets can also be used during advisory for middle and high school students. While all students can most assuredly benefit from learning strategies to strengthen executive functioning skills, some learners may need these skills as a critical intervention. Some students who need that level of intervention might include learners with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, and more.

Why Teach Executive Functioning Skills?

Executive functioning skills are the basis for everyday skills! They include skills such as planning, organizing, initiating tasks, following through will all assignments, assignments, and persevering through 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Executive Functioning Skills

• Teaching Executive Functioning Skills

• Executive Functioning Skills I Will Learn


• Planning Poster

• Planning Self-Assessment

• Planning Overview

• Planning Your Routine

• Planning with a Goal in Mind


• Organization Poster

• Organization Self-Assessment

• Organization Overview

• Organizing Your Notebooks

• Keeping a Planner / Homework Log

Time Management

• Time Management Poster

• Time Management Self-Assessment

• Time Management Overview

• Managing Your Time

• Meeting Deadlines

• Planning for Projects

Task Initiation

• Task Initiation Poster

• Task Initiation Self-Assessment

• Task Initiation Overview

• Stop Procrastinating!

• What Should You Be Doing Right Now?

Working Memory

• Working Memory Poster

• Working Memory Self-Assessment

• Working Memory Overview

• Working Memory Strategies

• Working Memory Practice


• Metacognition Poster

• Metacognition Self-Assessment

• Metacognition Overview

• Metacognition Strategies

• Quality of Work

• Reflecting on Progress


• Self-Control Poster

• Self-Control Self-Assessment

• Self-Control Overview

• Stop, Think, Choose

• Self-Managing Behaviors


• Attention Poster

• Attention Self-Assessment

• Attention Overview

• Classroom Attention Strategies

• Dealing with Distractions


• Flexibility Poster

• Flexibility Self-Assessment

• Flexibility Overview

• Flexibility Problem Solving 101

• Flexibility Problem Solving 102


• Perseverance Poster

• Perseverance Self-Assessment

• Perseverance Overview

• Perseverance Strategies

• Practicing Perseverance

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Disclaimer: These resources are for supplementary support/education purposes and are not a replacement for education or other necessary supports. Educators, parents, and others who utilize these materials are encouraged to seek out additional support, as needed.

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