5 Ideas for Ringing in the New Year

Although we might not *quite* be ready for that first school day of the new year, it will be here before we know it. So while inside I am sorta, kind of dreading it #sorrynotsorry, outside I am napping prepping.  Here’s how I plan to ring in the new year in my classroom.
That first day back can be rough.  The kids are tired from sleeping in and staying up late.  It is inevitably dreary or possibly freezing raining (or is that only in Pennsylvania?) My favorite first activity of the new year I like to call “Musical Shares”. I play some music and students walk around. When the music stops, they pair up with someone to share 1 thing about their winter break. We repeat this 3-4 times so they’ve had time to share with multiple classmates. 
After sharing, we complete this Fill and Fold activity. It’s the perfect time to reflect on 2020 and set some goals for 2021. Do both at once with this freebie you can find here.
This is perfect to print double sided to save paper, reflect and create resolutions all at once! Each question corresponds with each other (example: a book you read in 2019, one you want to read in 2020).  I plan to hang these up so both sides show or they can easily flip back and forth.
Ring in the new year with ring pops. Who doesn’t love them? Such a cute idea from Around the Kampfire! Let your students suck on them while they brainstorm resolutions or eat them at the end of the day while they read to ensure a quiet end to that first day back ; )
You can’t assume all of your students did something super special on NYE, so recreate that countdown experience on your first day back! This *freebie* by Mrs. Richardson’s Classroom is perfect to make a countdown chain! Each hour, choose a student to rip off a chain and then do the activity on the slip of paper! These are simple (and free!) and they really create an excitement for the new year!
Start by listening to a book from the “New Year’s” section of my FREE January Digital Library. 
Then have your students write their resolutions on this free New Year’s Goal Setting Tab book that is printable AND digital by The Applicious Teacher. 

Then, finish the lesson with some games. ABCya.com offers both a New Year’s Crossword Puzzle and Word Search. 

Share about what students are excited about in 2020 with this easy to prep writing activity + bulletin board option. While I talk about resolutions too, I like to build up the excitement for what is possible in the new year! I love hearing about what they are excited about in their lives PLUS this makes an adorable display that you could even do before winter break and then leave it up through January!
What are your favorite New Year’s ideas for the classroom?

Happy Teaching!
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