The first week after break can be a little rough. On one hand, you are rejuvenated from time off. But, everyone’s out of the regular routine and it can take a little while to get back on track. My best advice is to review classroom procedures and expectations, ease back into your normal workload and spend some time reconnecting. This is so important for two reasons: it helps build your classroom community and it allows students to talk which they probably will want to do a lot of since it’s been awhile since they’ve seen their friends.
I’ve created and curated a whole week’s worth of resources you can use for the first week back. It includes so many wonderful resources for goal setting, celebrating diverse traditions, sharing all about winter break and more! The best part? Everything is free!
Here’s an overview of the plans. It includes morning meeting activities, math, reading and writing. I decided to forgo science/social studies since those standards can be different based on location. I kept in mind social distancing, hybrid and online learning. While some of the activities might not be compatible for all situations, hopefully there are resources you can find that will be helpful in your planning. Did I mention everything is free?
In addition to the weekly overview, I included a little more detail about a few of the activities and links to everything! There are some free resources included directly in the download as well like the traditions chart to go with Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas and a response page for A Loud Winter’s nap. There is also a great morning meeting activity to get students moving (safely) in school or virtually at home.
I hope the new year treats you and your students well!