Set the New Year off with a celebration, while sneakily addressing Common Core Reading Standards!
In this low-prep activity, your students can create resolutions for themselves, for book characters, or both! Whichever path you choose, there are brainstorming sheets that lead students along step-by-step to develop both resolutions and hopes. Indeed, they will learn the difference between the two, offering a great opportunity to see resolutions as part of a growth mindset. Just print and go!
Put up a Youtube video of a fireplace crackling, play Auld Lang Syne in the background, and roll out this activity -- all the work's been done for you! (Note the preview is compressed and thus lower quality than the real thing. I wanted you to see all the goodies you'll get, though!)
Included are two examples of filled-out brainstorming sheets you can share with your students. Or fill one out together for a book character you discovered together as a class! (Kids love the creative process here. It's low risk, with huge payoff!)
While perfect for a gorgeous bulletin board or hallway display, this project more importantly pushes students' reading comprehension to the highest levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. They will analyze their characters and create imagined goals for them, based on evidence they have garnered from the text.
Make that first day back a day a lovely and festive one for you and your students with very little effort!
In both greyscale and color, this New Year's resolution pack will go easy on your printer ink.
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