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Kick off the New Year with these creatively fun, higher-level thinking activities! Your students will have a great time as they learn about the history of resolutions, the popularity of resolutions, and the task of writing resolutions.
Suggested Activity Preparation
Please be sure that you have an active Internet connection and have downloaded a QR Code Reader on any device you will use for each of the QR activities. One of my favorite QR Code Readers for iPad/iPod devices is called “I-nigma”. It is very reliable and quick! If you have ChromeBooks in your classroom, I have found that there are several apps/extensions available. I would suggest searching in the Chrome Web Store for QR Code Readers. I haven’t been disappointed with any of the ones we have used. I have also linked two different YouTube videos so be sure that your school doesn’t block YouTube.
What’s Inside the Packet of Activities?Three colorful, winter-themed classroom posters including:
1. Definition of “Resolution” using a colorful Wordle design.
2. Brief history of resolutions including the most popular adult resolutions.
3. Most popular young adult/children’s resolutions.
QR Code “History of Resolutions” Activity
Students will explore the history of resolutions using QR Codes and the Internet. QR Code “Silly Resolutions” Activity
Students will view a funny video about making poorly chosen resolutions using a QR code and the Internet. Students will then write three of their own “silly” resolutions for fun. “What Would They Say” Activity
Students will write creatively realistic resolutions for 10 famous celebrities and/or historical characters. Great for character exploration and current events. “My New Year’s Resolutions: The Power of 3”
Students will write three resolutions that will improve their lives in some way. Students will tell three people about each resolution and are challenged to keep the resolution for at least three days, three weeks, three months, three years, three decades...or longer! “How Do You Say It?” Info Cards
Just copy, cut, and laminate each card for a global Happy New Year’s activity. Twenty cards have the saying “Happy New Year” translated into twenty different languages. QR codes are available on each card so that the students can hear what each phrase sounds like.
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