Organizational Skills Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What does it mean to be organized and why is it important for elementary school students? This lesson plan explains the benefits of organization to students through a guided discussion. An activity puts organizational strategies into practice.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'organization'
  • list the benefits of being organized
  • implement organizational skills


30 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).


Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.


Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.


Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


  • Colored folders
  • Plastic caddies of varying sizes (you could also use empty and clean food storage containers)
  • Planners
  • Labels
  • Pens


  • Begin by asking the students to take turns explaining what it means to be 'organized'.
  • When all students have offered an explanation for organization, ask students to raise their hands if they feel they are organized?
    • For those of you who raised your hands, why do you feel it is important to be organized?
    • For those of you who did not raise your hands, why isn't organization important to you?
    • Take a moment to look in your desk or backpack.
    • Is it organized? Why or why not?
  • Write the following benefits of being organized on the board: '1-Get more accomplished', '2-Save time', '3-Reduce stress', '4-Improve your grades', and '5-Reduce clutter'.
  • Review each of the benefits of being organized with the class as you explain why organization provides the benefits (e.g. You save time because you aren't searching for things. This allows for more free time, and so on).

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