***UPDATED FOR 2015 AND NEW ACTIVITIES ADDED!!***
This Happy New Year Pack contains differentiated activities for primary students.
Circle maps for “New Year” and “Party”: Students fill in the outside circles with adjectives that describe the word in the inner circle. Then students can write about the topic.
Interactive Journal Activity: Ask and answer questions about a text using Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller.
Reading Response Activities: Four different activities for New Year’s-themed books. PLUS a blank one!
New Year Bump: Two versions! One is a two-dice version, the other is a three-dice version!
New Year Vocabulary: Colorful cards that can be used for a write the room activity. Just cut the cards apart and tape in various places around the room. Students take their recording pages and find the cards, then write the words. OR print two copies of the word cards and let your students play a memory-matching game. OR tape word cards on the backs of students. Other students have to describe the word so that the person wearing it can guess.
Writing: Two festive blank writing pages. Students can write about their plans for the New Year. Or they can describe the celebration they had on New Year’s Eve. Or they can write about a book they’ve read. Or they can write a story about the ideal celebration. Endless possibilities!
Math Around the Room: Two versions! One kindergarten, one first grade... in different colors! Tape the cards around the room. Students look for cards and use their recording sheets to solve and write answers.
Class Survey: This activity includes tallying, graphing, and interacting with classmates! What’s your favorite way to celebrate the New Year?
Venn Diagram: This activity requires students to think about things that happened in 2013, things that will happen in 2014, and how they are alike and different!
Old vs. New: Students brainstorm to think of things that are old and new. A list is provided to help get started. Then students can write about their ideas.
What will you do in 2014?: This very meaningful activity is designed to help students begin to set goals and think about the future. Students can think ahead and record things to learn, books to read, new foods to try in the new year. Eight ideas to discuss/plan.
Goals for 2014: Another activity that helps students set goals and consider things they can learn to do better!
Making Words Activity
Count and Graph Activity: Two versions. One for kindergarten and one for first grade.
Roll and Color Activity: Two versions. One for kindergarten and one for first grade. Differentiate further by using dot dice and numeral dice.