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December 22, 2020 CL Seasonal Activities Winter, CL Lesson Plans, ELA Seasonal - Winter, ELA K-5, ELA Resources - Activities, ELA Focus - Writing, Core Literacy

Free Printable New Year Activities for Students, Grades 1–5

The beginning of a New Year is a great time for reflecting and goal setting. Here are three awesome printable New Year activities for students in grades 1–5. These New Year worksheets will work for an in-person classroom model, distance learning, or hybrid classroom model!

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Printable New Year Activities for Students

Taking time to “reflect” on their experiences of the previous year gives students one way for students to learn from the past, as well as an opportunity to move forward and plan for the future. I have also found “goal setting” to be a good way to motivate my students to take ownership of their learning. The unpredictability and challenges our students have experienced this school year make goal setting and reflection even more important than previous years.

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#1 New Year Reflection and Goal Setting for Students 

In January, when my students return to school after the holiday break, I like to give them the opportunity to reflect on the previous year and to set goals for the New Year. Using the A time to reflect…a time to plan…” Writing Activity, students answer the following questions:

  • What was the best thing that happened to you last year?

  • Is there anything that you would change or do differently?

  • Think of at least one "hope" or "wish" that you have for the New Year.

  • What will you do to have a successful New Year?

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In January, when my students return to school after the holiday break, I like to give them the opportunity to reflect on the previous year and to set goals for the New Year. Using the “A time to reflect…a time to plan…” Writing Activity, students answer the following questions:      What was the best thing that happened to you last year?      Is there anything that you would change or do differently?      Think of at least one "hope" or "wish" that you have for the New Year.  What will you do to have a successful New Year? new-year-activities-for-students-time-to-reflect.jpg

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#2 New Year Flip-Up

I like to keep things in the classroom fun, yet purposeful, after returning from a long vacation. Transitioning from “vacation mode” to “school mode” can be a struggle for students (and for teachers). I have found that the New Year Flip-Up Activity encourages students to make New Year resolutions and is a perfect way for them to ease back into the routine of doing schoolwork.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Fold a piece of construction paper in half.

  2. Cut only the top half of the paper into four even sections.

  3. Write one of the digits of the current year on each section.

  4. Underneath each number, have the students write a goal for categories that include: Home, School, You (as a person), Activity/Sport/Hobby.

Download the New Year Flip-Up Activity worksheet to use in your classroom.

I like to keep things in the classroom fun, yet purposeful, after returning from a long vacation. Transitioning from “vacation mode” to “school mode” can be a struggle for students (and for teachers). I have found that the New Year Flip-Up Activity encourages students to make New Year resolutions and is a perfect way for them to ease back into the routine of doing schoolwork.  new-year-activities-for-students-flip-book.jpg 

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#3 New Year Resolution Balloons

The final activity in this bundle of New Year activities for students is "Resolution Balloons.” I start by explaining to students that when you make a resolution, you decide to do or not to do something during the New Year. Then, together we brainstorm resolutions that we would like to work on in the New Year and list them on the board. Finally, students finish the activity by writing individual resolutions on a Resolution Balloon.

I collect and display the balloons on our “Happy New Year” bulletin board. I like to use colored paper for the balloons and I tape a strand of curling ribbon to each balloon as its string. This makes for an eye-catching display.

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In Summary

Hopefully my printable New Year activities for students will help you kick off the semester with a bang! If you use these New Year classroom activities, snap a picture and share it on Sadlier School's Facebook page. We would love to see the finished work and share the pictures with other teachers.