I’m trying to NOT look like Grumpy Cat today as I enjoy my last day of winter break! I love my job, but I loathe my early morning alarm! Who’s ready for some library centers for the New Year? I found 2 great ones that are fantastic and FREE! And a library lesson idea with an engaging tech component!
January is a great time to review the whole calendar concept. Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching has a free, printable center to download, print and laminate!
For your whole group lesson, there’s a great article on Wonderopolis about New Years Eve that you could share with your library classes. There’s also a free video on Brain Pop about New Year’s Eve. Both Wonderopolis and Brain Pop are super online resources to share with your students!
Want to focus on New Year Resolutions? The Applicious Teacher shared this free tab book for 2015. (Are you used to writing 2015 for the date yet? Me either.)
Your students will write one goal or resolution behind each number in this tab book. You can print it on plain paper and let them color in the numbers (that’s what I’ll do) or print on the bright colored paper, which is super cute!
I love lessons that combine picture books with technology, and I saw a great one from Jen Jones of Hello Literacy! She asks a great question, “what if picture book characters made New Year’s resolutions?”
The technology piece is easy peasy, using the free app Chatterpix. If you check out the blog post, you can see an example, plus a suggested list of picture books with strong characters. I think this will be really fun, and I’m planning to use this with my enrichment groups first through fifth grade!
What do you have planned to celebrate the New Year in YOUR school library?
p.s.–All images in this post are owned by the bloggers I’ve linked to, not by me! Happy 2015!