Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Years Activities and Freebies

Happy New Year! I have two days before I head back to my classroom and I'm currently all curled up on couch with my sweet pups enjoying just a little bit more relaxation time! :)  I am going to work on some grading and try to get ready for report cards today before I work on some lesson plans tomorrow but I'm getting a little head start today by linking up with my sweet friend, Denise's Show and Tell Tuesday New Years Edition.  

Since we have a two day week, I plan on doing some New Years Resolution Writings with my kiddos.  We follow a pretty scripted writing program, so I'm really excited to break away and do something different for a change. :) 

When we return from my break, I'll be reading this book to my kiddos. 

Then we will be making these adorable little resolution kids that the sweet Amy Lemons shared the templates for last year. Original idea via Cara Carroll. You can find the templates {here}.

I meant to make this foldable last year and forgot, I already have it saved on my TpT wishlist to print off for my class this week.  I am so curious to see what my kiddos will include on theirs! 

Thank you so much for the great freebie, Rachel

I also will be getting a new student when we return, so I'm going to be revisiting the ingredients for a perfect year from my Cooking Up a Great Year Together.  I love having a two day week so we can do some team building activities together.   Some of us could use some gentle reminders of how to treat one another and what better way to do that than with children's literature and food? :)


You can check out my original post about Cooking Up a Great Year together {here}.

We also never got around to doing the Toothpaste Activity that I blogged about {here}....so we will be doing that too.  Like I said, some of us need just a little reminder about nourishing words.  

You can download it {here}.  I have found that after Christmas break is a perfect time to review your behavior expectations for your class, it's often a shorter week...so it's perfect to do some community building and to spend some time investing in your classroom routines and procedures again.  

Since they'll be coming in so hyped up about everything they did over break, we will be doing a Find Somebody Who Winter Break Style! :)
Click on the picture above or {here} to download.  The typo in the directions is corrected...in the actual file. :)

Well I'm off to hit publish and go link up and join in the fun.  If you download one of my freebies, I'd love to hear how you plan to use in your classroom in the comments below! :)


  1. I just saw your freebie on Pinterest and scurried over to your blog! Thank you SO much! I'm a 2nd grade teacher going back next Monday and haven't even thought about lesson planning yet, but I'm definitely going to do the "Find somebody who..." and foldable. Thank you Thank you!

  2. I LOVE your "find someone who" freebie! I am going to use it on Thursday :) Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your final moments of break!

    PS: Just an FYI... there's a little typo in the first sentence of the freebie. Not a big deal, but I wanted to let you know :)

    EduKate and Inspire

  3. Happy New Year Lisa!!!! :) You are awesome!

  4. LOVE the Find Somebody Who...activity! I am definitely going to incorporate it when we go back :)

  5. Thanks for the freebie - This will be perfect for tomorrow morning! Ugg - I just said tomorrow morning.... :(

  6. Wow, thank you Lisa!! Such great ideas! You made going back on Thursday, just get a bit easier!!

    Hau'oli Makahiki Hou,
    Surfin' Through Second

  7. Love the "Find Somebody Who" activity! Too cute :) I kind of wish I had a two day week going back (although I'm not complaining about not going back until the 7th) because it gives you a chance to do some of these great activities! Have a ball, Lisa :)

    Fun in Room 4B

  8. Thank you for the "Find Somebody Who" freebie! Love it!

    Craft of Teaching

  9. Thanks for linking up to Show & Tell Tuesday!
    I love that foldable too. I did it last year and they came out so cute. Your "Find Someone Who" is FANTASTIC! I'm so glad I found it. I have a new little girl starting on our first day back. What a fun first day activity for her :)

    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  10. What great freebies! I can't wait to use these when we go back next week. Thanks for sharing, and happy new year, Lisa! :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  11. Love your Freebies! If you have not done so already, why not come on over to the New Year Linky Party I am hosting at http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca/2012/12/2013-new-year-linky-party.html and link up. There are over 170 New Year activities to download and share! Please come and join, it's not too late!

  12. LOVE your power of words toothpaste thinking map .... we've done this lesson and that'll be a nice follow up and reminder!

    We love Squirrel, too!!

    Happy new year, Lisa.


  13. I love your idea for the Find Somebody activity! My kids come back Wednesday and I definitely need something for them to do first thing in the morning. I had to re-create yours to fit my class but can't wait to use it!

    I Heart Teaching Elementary

  14. Great activity for back to school from winter break.


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