I wanted to pop in real quick and share with you two activities I did to celebrate the new year with my students this week!
The first activity I left on their desk for them for morning work. It looked like this
I think they turned out pretty cute! :O)
At the end of the day on Wednesday (Monday was a teacher work day and Tuesday school was closed due to severe cold) we talked about resolutions. Almost all of them had heard the word resolution but we talked about it anyway. I gave them a pep talk about starting the new year with achievable goals in mind and then I told them about the crafitivity we were going to do. It is from Runde's Room and it was FREE!
This craftivity had 6 pages of goal setting! There was a page for academic, social, leadership, athletic, and organizational goals plus one page for picking a one word theme for the year!! I loved it because it wasn't just based around school, plus it got a lot of discussion going!!
We worked on RACKs before school got out and it was a nice tie in to leadership. I love that Jen used "big" language like academic and social because many of them did not know what that was, so we got to talk about it (and then they felt really smart!). I didn't have anyone tell me they couldn't think of anything!! Goal setting is so important, and I probably don't do it enough with them, so I really wanted to take the time and do this! We talked about all of this and they got started Wednesday afternoon. Then, they finished it for morning work on Thursday!
Here are some of the finished products!
On the bottom one, her word for the year is excellence!! Wohoo! Sounds EXCELLENT to me!! ;O)
I loved this one word! Her one word was LIVE. Then she said that she spends too much time indoors on electronics and she needs to go outside and LIVE!! I love it!!
Right now these beauties are on their desks. I would have loved to hang them from the ceiling but the FIRE MARSHALL (who's not my friend) says that's illegal (or something like that) so I can't do that. I told them they could keep them on their desks for another week and then take them home. They are really proud of them!! Which makes me happy because I hope that they will remember these goals!
I'm linking this up to my sweet friend Joanne's linky because my hope is that both activities sparked their motivation to begin 2014 on the right foot!!
What fun New Year's activities did you do?