Celebrating New Year's (or Noon Year's) in the Classroom

Happy New Year, y'all! Time to start fresh, set new goals, and get ready to finish the school year strong! I love to make a big deal about goal setting in January because it's the perfect time to review self-monitoring and make adjustments as needed. 

In this new New Year's unit, we'll be setting goals and resolutions for the coming year and having our own little "noon year's" celebration in the classroom. It's a great way to get kids back in the school mindset. 


You can spread this unit out over the week or do it all on the first day (or Friday) back. We'll be using it over three days so we have enough time to do the things well.

On Monday, we read Squirrel's New Year's Resolution (affiliate link) and make our own resolutions for the year. 


For stations, we make our goal setting banner that we hang up in the classroom. We'll also make a noise maker out of paper bowls and dry beans, a cootie catcher, a countdown "ball," and a hat. The book that's included teaches students all about different traditions people use to celebrate the new year.



At noon, we'll count down to the "noon year" and have our own little celebration. It's always a favorite in our classroom.



And on Friday (or the last day), we'll make New Year's slime (which my kiddos have been begging for all year) and finish off our celebration.

I hope you got some great new ideas for your New Year's celebration with your students. You can get the complete unit here. Have a wonderful week and a Happy New Year.

Stay sweet,

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