The start of a new school year is a great time to teach reflection and goal setting skills.
Included in the pack are:
- Drawing and writing worksheets for memories and goals.
- Star craftivity for memories from Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade.
- Star craftivity for goals for 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade and 4th Grade.
- Multiple variations of each for easy differentiation.
This activity has been designed to be used after a reflection upon everything that happened and everything your students achieved during the last year in school. I use think, pair, share to ensure each child is fully participating. First they think to themselves, then they discuss it with their partner and then you call upon a few children to share either their own or their partners memories. Then they can complete the drawing and writing activity. Repeat this with the goal setting part of the craft, first discussing hopes and dreams (and maybe things they need to work on!) for the new year in school and then using think, pair, share again.
Print on light colored card or allow the children to color with crayons or pencils when they have finished writing. Once the stars have been completed and glued together, punch a hole in the top of each one and hang them with string in your classroom. Encourage the children to share their stars with classmates, parents and visitors to the classroom during the beginning of the school year. You can also invite the children’s teacher from last year to visit their new classroom and see their stars. This helps with transition and helps children to see how this new year is still connected to the last.
There are different drawing and writing requirements on each star so you can choose the ones that best suit the abilities of your individual students.
Please rate and comment if you find this activity useful and let me know if there is anything I can do to improve it or adapt it so it better suits the needs of your