1-2-3 Come Do Some Fun New Year Activities With Me
Each month I tried to introduce more vocabulary words to my students. It was always amazing to me, that my Y5's had no clue what some of the simple seasonal words meant and some of my kiddo's had never even heard the words before.
With that in mind, I designed this ABC New Year booklet. It was fun and challenging to think of words with a New Year-theme that started with each letter.
You can make one for each student so they can trace and write the words, or you can simply make a teacher's copy and share a page a day for the first week back after break.
As you read the booklet, have students shoot up their hand if you come to a word they are unfamiliar with, and take a moment to define it. Discuss the words and what they mean. See if they can come up with anymore and add them to the list.
For individual practice have children write that day's words in their writing journals or student-made dictionaries. This makes a wonderful Daily 5 word work activity too. Click on the link to view/download the New Year's Alphabet Booklet.
Since the New Year revolves around time, I thought it would be interesting to design a New Year easy reader, that takes a child from noon, on New Year's Eve, to ringing in the New Year at Midnight.
You can send the booklet home to be completed with their family, and then returned, or have this ready to go on students' desks for their first day back after break. Children trace and write the digital time to the hour + draw the appropriate hands on the analog clock.
The story ends with a writing prompt about what children did on New Year's Day and how they celebrated. Click on the link Happy New Year Telling Time Booklet.
I've made 3 matching Happy New Year cards to go with this booklet. They make a nice little surprise tucked on or in their desk when they return from break. Click on the link to grab them.
Venn diagrams are an easy and fun way to help students understand the concepts of comparison and contrast. They are a great precursor to help students write that type of paper, and are extremely helpful for the visual learner. Click on the link to take a look at 7 Venn diagrams with a New Year's theme.
Finally, my first graders especially enjoyed making class books.
Students complete the writing prompt and share their page with the class; collect, collate add a cover and you have a student-made book for your classroom library.
I had a special book basket for these. My students enjoyed looking at their endeavors. You could really see the improvement that happened as the months flew by and the basket filled up. They are great to share during parent visits and conferences too.
Click on the link to view/download the 3 writing prompt pages for a New Year's class book.
For 16 more writing prompts for January, click on the link. These are great for the writing portion of your Daily 5, or interesting ideas for your students' writing journals.
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"I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'." -Henry Moore