Ease back into the school year, with this fun Winter Break Keepsake Journal from Emily's Post.
When students return from the break, all they want to do is talk about what they did while they were out, which can make teaching hard. I came up with this lesson to give them a chance to do just that and connected it to Common Core ELA standards of writing, listening, and speaking.
You will have the rest of the week to dive back into curriculum. Give the students a chance to think deeply and reflect about their experiences over break with this Keepsake Journal from Emily's Post. Students will share stories about friends, family, food, and fun had over the break. Make your own as a model, and then give them time to create a journal to share with classmates. (This version is designed for after break, where my other edition is for homework during the break).
Once kids get the chance to write and talk about everything they did over Winter Break, you will have an easier time getting them focused the rest of the week. Plus, students will have a treasured Keepsake Journal that shows them how writing can help them to record their histories and their place in the world!
Make your first day after the break easy and fun, with an engaging, low-pressure lesson with lots of activities that require thinking at the highest level of Bloom's. Included is a rubric that you can use to assess students' work or have students peer grade each other.