January 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday and Hump Day Highlight

I'm joining Miss DeCarbo from Sugar and Spice AND Jessica Ann from Mrs. Stanford's Class for two super Wednesday linkies.

The first day or so after a break is often a difficult adjustment for students and teachers alike. Do you jump into lessons immediately? Do you take time to celebrate being together? Do you review old skills? Each year my decisions fluctuate depending on my class and its needs.

This year I decided to celebrate the New Year with my classes: a spelling list filled with New Year related words, a close reading passage about New Year's Superstitions and Traditions, and fun resolution writing activities.

Here you see my sixers creating resolution mobiles, a freebie from Created by Mr. Hughes.

What kinds of activities do you do when you return after a break?


  1. What a great way to bring in the holiday! Thanks for linking up and I hope to see you again next week!

    Mrs. Stanford's Class

  2. I'm still new to the whole thing, so I do not have a "set" of activities. But we made party hats, read a book about resolutions, wrote our resolution and reviewed ALL of procedures. It was a good day. I love the idea of a close read of superstitions and traditions--FUN!

  3. I have always loved everything you do!
    I came over today from the Hump Day Linky, this is terrific!
    I really like your pictures too.
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  4. I'm sorry to say I did NOTHING related to New Year's. We jumped into some fun hands-on division activities and started a snow monster story. So, overall it's been a fun week so far. Those mobiles look like fun. Thanks for sharing!
    Laughter and Consistency

  5. Resolutions activities are always good because it allows the students to start with a clean slate. Thank you for sharing!


  6. My kiddos are always so tired on the first days back as they adjust to their regular school-approved sleep schedule, so I try to ease them back into the routine with regular subjects and a couple fun activities thrown in there. This week we set goals (resolutions) and wrote them on bells - "Ringing in the New Year." We also did a re-cap of our Christmas vacations - a fun writing prompt that let them share their fun stories. Lastly, we looked forward to 2015 and brain-stormed adjectives that describe WHO we want to be. It was a good time of discussion and helped us to focus on what really matters.

    I love the mobile activity - I'm off to Mr. Hughes' blog to see if I can snag the freebie :)

    It's been a great week, but I'm ready for the weekend! :)

    Happy Wednesday, friend!
    Joy in the Journey

  7. We made "resolutions" by "toasting" the new year with paper pieces of toast - ha! :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle


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