Executive Functioning for Teens: Preparing, Planning, Prioritizing

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This resource helps teens develop executive function skills to plan, prepare, and prioritize. Each section has a teaching portion that explains to students what each skill means, and how to implement it, as well as a practice portion with hands-on materials that students can use to practice their executive functioning skills.

This executive function resource targets:

  • Planning
  • Preparing
  • Prioritizing

The following materials are included in this resource:

1. Making a Plan Introduction

These stories and posters introduce students to what a plan is, why it’s important, and how to make one.

2. Let’s Plan…A Pizza Dinner
These worksheets will guide your student through planning a dinner.

3. Practice Planning
These four worksheets require students to fill out charts to make plans for studying, getting a job, throwing a party, and cooking dinner.

4. Being Prepared Introduction
This story and poster introduces students to what being prepared means, why it’s important, and how to be prepared. These visuals discuss that being prepared means bringing the right materials, wearing the appropriate clothes, asking the necessary questions, and being mentally prepared for the situation.
5. Preparing to Attend a Party
Imagine you receive the following invitation. Think about what you will need to ask about and plan before the party to prepare, and what you should bring to the party. Fill out the three worksheets.

6. Let’s Practice Preparing
These worksheets help students prepare for a day at school, job interview, and restaurant date. Students must first visualize the scenario and then fill in the worksheet to determine what they will need to be prepared for the event.

7. Prioritizing Introduction
This story introduces students to what prioritizing means, why it’s important, and how to prioritize.

8. Prioritize This or That?

Read the two choices in each box and determine which activity you should prioritize & why.

9. Prioritizing a List

Imagine that you are planning a party or a busy evening and have a long to-do list. Cut out the activities that need to be completed. Then glue them in the order you think they should be done.

10. Let's Review Worksheet...Planning, Preparing & Prioritizing

A worksheet to review and reflect on what the student has learned throughout the lessons.

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