NEW YEAR 2016!

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Since the year is rolling to an end, I have been working on updating my NEW YEAR'S file for you all!  It is actually ready for you to re-download and have at your fingertips.  If you are not already familiar with this file, I will share with you now what is included.
First, I wrote a poem a few years back about New Year's Resolutions! I like this poem because it is dedicated to teaching the students about what a resolution is in a unique and different way, through poetry!  I also added some complex vocabulary to up the rigor and get the students thinking about how they can change for the better in the upcoming year!!! Some discussion questions to accompany the poem:
#1) What does it mean to be your own opponent?
#2) What does "out with the old, in with the new" mean?
#3) What will make moments in the upcoming year "precious" for you?
#4) What are your top 3 goals for this year?

After the poem, I like to have the students make a list of troubles they would like to "squash" this year. Students write them down and "crumple" them up.  Next, students need to find a partner and tell them one trouble they will "crumple" this year and how they will do that. The students LOVE this of course because they get to crumple their papers….;)  

On the next foldable, students identify their goals/resolutions and EXPLAIN how they will achieve their goals.  This is a great way to incorporate writing into the first day back AND to get the students thinking again about providing details and evidence in their writing! 
Finally, here is a 2016 Newpaper that the kids can fill out. They LOVE this of course because they get to write and draw pictures about themselves…also a great keepsake for parents! I love when my own daughter brings this kind of stuff home, absolute gems to stuff away (and laugh about) later in life!!!

Happy NEW Year to all of you! BEST wishes for a great year ahead!!!


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Robin, It is free! Click on any of the pictures to be taken to the link. :)

  2. Awww that looks cool! So creative.
    Sending my warm New Year greetings to you and your family.
    Have a blast this year! Cheers!

    1. Thanks Kallen! So sweet of you… :) I appreciate that! Happy New Year to you!!!

  3. So, I clicked on the pictures and the product is now $5.00. Does that mean I missed the window to get it for free? This does look amazing!


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