Happy New Year! :)
Ringing in a new year is an exciting time. It’s about remembering our fondest moments and looking forward to experiencing new ones. Many children will celebrate the new year with their families, but some will not, so it can be really meaningful and special to recreate some of those opportunities in the classroom.
This packet is a collection of my favorite ways to celebrate the new year with my students when we return in January. It includes a fun idea for each of the major subject areas and encourages critical thinking throughout each one.
I Can Make New Goals for a New Year!
This is a goal-setting book-making project that supports reading, writing, and critical thinking. Two different versions are included to meet multiple needs.
Cotton Candy Punch
I love this sensory science investigation. When you’re done, consider making a toast to a whole-class goal for the new year (collaborative writing project).
Flipping Over a New Year!
Other than making the copies, this is a no-prep flip book social studies project where kids learn about reflections, resolutions, traditions, and symbols. These are some pretty big words which also gives you a good opportunity to squeeze in some vocabulary instruction.
The Countdown Clock and Ball Drop
This is my favorite activity of the day... and it lasts all day long. It supports math instruction, but embedded throughout the activity are fun holiday-themed brain breaks that the kids LOVE! It culminates in a countdown and “Ball Drop” (in honor of the ball in NYC’s Times Square) near dismissal time.
The BRAIN BREAKS
• Rock Around the Clock
• "BE" Baby New Year
• The "NOT YET" Ball Drop
• Hoppin' Johns
• Boom Sizzle Fireworks
• Kickin' It with Auld Lang Syne
Each activity is open-ended, accommodating many different ability levels. Older students will be able to read much of the text on their own while primary children will need more guidance.
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