Are you ready for 2021? 2020 has certainly been an eventful year for most of us. We’ve all seen the memes about how 2021 better be a good year, can’t wait for this one to be over, etc.
However, it might be a good idea to take a few minutes and think about the good things that came out of the year.
Perhaps you were able to spend more time at home with your family, or you participated in creative activities you’ve never had time to do in the past. Many people have taken up new hobbies, or served their communities with acts of kindness. Your students may have successfully navigated virtual or in-person learning, or a combination of both. Reflecting on the positives of 2020 is a great way to gear up for 2021.
One way to get your students excited about the new year is to teach them about goal setting.
The all-too-common New Year’s Resolutions many of us make (and sometimes break) each year are fun to discuss, but providing students explicit instruction on setting goals can positively affect their lives in the long run. Even at a young age, students can learn how to set realistic goals and achieve them.
My New Year’s 2021 Resolution Writing set is a great way to introduce writing goals.
There also pages to help students reflect on 2020. Students can also set specific goals for reading and math, helping them learn how to make measurable goals. All of the activities are ready to use and are perfect for the first days back in class in the new year.
Another way to celebrate 2021 is to learn about the Chinese New Year.
Using the STEM Chinese New Year and Research Guide is an easy way to get kids thinking creatively. They will use their writing and reading skills to research Chinese New Year celebrations, and use their engineering skills to design a lantern and a dragon.
Students will enjoy getting to use their creativity, and you will love that the lessons are ready to go. This set of activities is perfect for digital learning as it uses Google Classroom and digital slides.
Enjoy jumping in to 2021!
Are you setting any New Years resolutions? Let me know in the comments!
For more writing activities, check out my Writing Prompt bundle here!