Who doesn’t love a good party? Who doesn’t love to staying up until midnight ringing in the new year! I mean…we all love a good new year’s party! OK…honestly…who can barely make it to midnight to celebrate?! The new year is a time for new beginnings and it’s a perfect time to party with your class. Each year we have a new year’s party on our first day back to celebrate the new year and our return to school! Our new year’s party comes with balloons, hats, confetti, noisemakers and a toast to ring in the new year!
I pick up 2 or 3 New Year’s party packages from Party City so we have hats and leis and noisemakers. I order confetti from Amazon. And we use Sparkling Grape Juice for our toast!
We watch the Times Square Ball Drop and do our own countdown to the new year!
New Year’s Party Snack
No new year’s party is complete without food. If we didn’t have food, Martha Stewart would be so sad. So of course we make a Happy New Year snack to recreate the big ball drop! We use a cupcake, a coffee stirrer and a doughnut holes. Sometimes you get lucky and the “ball” even slides down just like the real ball drop!
New Year’s Adjectives
We do an adjective lesson where each student comes to the SmartBoard and the class describes their friends! I write the the adjectives on the board and snap a picture. Each child gets the picture to take home. This is a great way to start the 2nd half of the wear by boosting everyone’s confidence and strengthening the bond of your class. This is a great community building activity!
And finally we make our class promise. We share all the things we promise to do to make the new year awesome. At the end, we all sign our names and we display our class promise as a reminder of how awesome we are and how awesome we can be!
New Years Resolutions And Comprehension
Not only do we party hard for the new year, we also work hard as we celebrate! We use our Read It Up: Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution creation to learn about resolutions, come up with resolutions and write about our resolutions!
We start by making predictions about the story based on the front cover and title!
After reading the story we complete a story map and discuss the problems and solutions in the story!
Next, we brainstorm resolutions and make a class chart!
Finally, the students decide what their resolution will be and they write & illustrate their New Year’s Resolution!
I have to share our New Year’s Party sensory bins! Confetti and disco balls. Of course. Disco balls.
Check out my Happy New Year 2021 creation for graphic organizers, writing, craftivities, and math and literacy centers in blackline and color!
Also, check out these fun disco ball math and literacy centers!
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