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New Year’s Day Activities for Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution with New Year Writing



Are your students gearing up to write goals or resolutions for the New Year? Do you need ready to go lessons and activities for the first week of January? This New Year’s Day resource has activities to pair with Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller. You’ll have lesson plans and activities for reading comprehension, journal writingvocabularysocial studieswriting, and math!

Do you need sub plans? Print the lesson plans and activities to leave for your substitute teacher. There are plenty of activities to fill their day!

Here’s What is Included in Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution

Reading Comprehension:

  • Lesson Plans for Before, During, and After Reading
  • Pre-reading journal writing to build upon schema with schema poster and Reflect on Last Year’s Successes journal writing pages
  • Book Questions for Before, During, and After Reading
  • Problem and Solution Poster and Printable
  • Problem and Solution Anchor Chart
  • New Year’s Day Party Horn Printable and/or Craft for Problem and Solution

Social Studies Integration:

  • Informational Text for All About New Year’s Day
  • Vocabulary Picture and Word Cards for 5 Vocabulary Words
  • Vocabulary Printable: New Year’s Eve Party Hat Craft and/or Printable
  • Student Reader for All About New Year’s Day (shortened version of nonfiction reader)
  • Matching traditions with their location Printable
  • New Year’s Party Hat Printable and Craft with Writing

Writing Lessons and Activities for New Year’s Resolutions

  • Focus Posters for Writing Resolutions
  • Steps to Writing Resolutions
  • Brainstorming Resolutions Printable
  • Writing Resolutions Printables
  • Directed Draw: Draw a New Year’s Day Portrait
  • New Year’s Resolutions Writing Rubric

New Year Themed Math Activities:

*Each Math Activity has a variety of levels based on the needs of your students)

  • Solving Problems with Squirrel: Word Problems (5 options)
  • Time to Count Down (2 Options) – Time to the Half Hour, Time to the 5 Minutes
  • New Year’s Day Numbers (3 Options)

1. Level 1: Add and Subtract 1 to 1 and 2-Digit Numbers

2. Level 2: Add and Subtract 10 to 2-Digit Numbers

3. Level 3: Add and Subtract 100 to 3-Digit Numbers

*Writing Pages are included with different writing line options.

Please Read:

I hope you enjoy this resource! Please note:

This is not a Rooted in Reading resource. While it shares some of the fundamental principles that are true to Rooted in Reading, this is a new product.

Rock the Read-Aloud focuses on one read-aloud with activities for comprehension, journal writing, grammar, vocabulary, social studies integration, and math. It is NOT a week of lesson plans, but it does have lesson plans included for everything!

This would be great to pull out as a supplement to your curriculum, for a fun Friday, to break the routine, or to leave for a sub!


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