Happy New Year! I don’t know where the year has gone but we’re going to celebrate the new one! To help you celebrate with your class and ease back into the routine, here is a list of my favorite New Year’s activities to do in the classroom!
1. Learn About the History of New Years Celebrations
article here is the infographic on Pinterest.
This video clip from timessquarenyc.org gives a historical look at how celebrations have evolved in Times Square. Did you know the first New Year’s Eve bash was held in 1904 to commemorate the official opening of the new headquarters of The New York Times?
Singing Auld Lang Syne And Other New Year’s Customs
This old Scottish song was first published
by the poet Robert Burns in 1796. Sung on
New Years Eve after the stoke of midnight, Auld Lang Syne is said to be the most popular song that nobody knows the words to!
2. Write New Year’s Resolutions
January is the perfect time to refresh and reteach routines and procedures as well as to write resolutions and set new learning goals! This New Year’s resolution writing craft comes with minilessons on defining a resolution and the history of the New Year’s celebration, along with printables, leveled reading passages, and a 5-day lesson plan. The party horn craft makes a great January hallway display, too! Click on the above link to see ours from last year!
3. Record Resolutions From A Character’s Point Of View
Have your students think like their favorite book character and make New Year’s resolutions with the ChatterPix app! It’s super easy to use your iPad to animate a picture with a little talking mouth! This higher order thinking activity by Jen Jones from Hello Literacy is both fun and timely for students to put themselves in a characters’ shoes while teaching point of view. This post includes a quick tutorial and a list of several books with strong characters to help you get started!
4. Make A Happiness Jar
These Happiness/Gratitude Jars from Mommypotamus are ideal for the classroom! Use a large plastic jar, you know the ones you find at Walmart filled with cheese puffs? That one, and keep a supply of note paper nearby. Students can write down moments that make them happy at home or at school and place them in the jar. Rather than wait a whole year, read a few each day or at the end of the week before dismissal or save them up to use for brain breaks!
5. “Ring” in the New Year
Help your students ring in the new year by surprising them with these New Year’s ring pops on their desks! I always like to put a little something on each desk to welcome everybody back after an extended break. They’re a great lead in to any New Year’s activities you’ll be doing and it helps break the “Do I really have to be up this early after I’ve slept in for two weeks?” cycle!
Download the Free New Year’s Ring Pop printable.
Happy New Year friends!
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