In addition to running this blog, my RVing with the Rakis blog and homeschooling full time, I also create and sell resources that teachers can use in their classrooms and home schooling parents can use to help out their children. To be fair, I am not creating nearly as many resources this year as I did in the past 9 years, for 2 reasons. Reason #1 – I already have over 500 resources available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, so much of what I need for my kiddos I have created already. Reason #2 – I only have 3 students this year, so I have need of less resources. However, I am going through resources that I made while I was teaching in a classroom full time and “cleaning them up” with clearer teacher directions, better fonts, etc. I am also finishing out groupings or “series” that I have started and putting them into bundles so that teachers who are interested in buying multiple items from the same category have the opportunity to save some money. For the next few weeks, I am going to spotlight some of the resources I have available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
The start of a new year is a great time to encourage students to look backwards and look forward. I used this New Year’s center packet when I taught 1st grade and again with 2nd graders to help them celebrate the new year.
The packet contains 15 activities split into three groups. I have my students complete one group – 5 activities for three days. This is perfect for a three day week, but can really be done anytime in January.
The first group of activities is focused on “Looking Back” at the year that has just finished. Reflecting on time past is an important skill. The activities for this group include: the ACK family time machine, the way back numberline, the best part of last year writing prompt, jumping through time and Nadia’s Great Year reading comprehension.
The second group of activities is focused on “Looking Forward” to the year ahead. This helps get students used to the idea of a new beginning. The activities for this group include: past/present/future tense, self portrait – what will you look like next year?, new years resolution writing prompt, yearly math problems and Rania’s resolution reading comprehension.
The third group of activities is focused on “Party Time”. The traditional celebrations for New Year are as important to learn about as the traditional celebrations for any other holiday. The activities for this group include: ball drop, party words, celebrate writing prompt, party problem solving and New York City New Years reading comprehension.
To use this in your classroom, stop by my Teachers Pay Teachers and download all 15 activities - the entire three day packet - for just $5.00.