Classroom New Year Party: Schedulin Sunday

Happy Schedulin’ Sunday!  This week we are kicking off a new year with a classroom New Year Party!  We’re also starting our weather research project and working on counting on!

Lesson Plans For A Classroom New Year Party, Weather and Counting On

Here are our lesson plans for gingerbread, subtraction and digraphs!    Click the image to download my lesson plans!

new year's classroom party

Morning Meeting

This week our morning greeting is a simple handshake greeting so we can focus on re-establishing our procedures, routines and expectations!

For more morning meeting greeting ideas, check out our  Morning Meeting Greeting Resource.

morning meeting greeting ideas

For morning meeting activities, check out our  Quiz Quiz Trade.  You can find our Quiz Quiz Trade resource here!

quiz quiz trade

Read It Up:  Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution

This week we are kicking off our week and a new year with a classroom new year party!  We celebrate with a full on party!  Hats, noisemakers, confetti, the ball drop.  And a snack!  But we also incorporate some academics and learning into our celebration with our Read It Up:  Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution!

classroom new year party

After reading the story and discussing resolutions, we make a graphic organizer of resolutions we might make.  Then the students share their own resolution and we write about our resolutions!

We also work on some comprehension skills with a story map and making predictions about the story!

Then we watch the ball drop and countdown to zero!  Throw confetti!  Make noise and celebrate a new year!  And finally we make a yummy ball drop snack!

classroom new year party

For more ideas and activities for a classroom new year party, check out this post:

For engaging, developmentally appropriate and easy prep new year math and literacy games, check out our Happy New Year creation!

Weather Research Project

In keeping with our district’s scope and sequence, we’re kicking off our weather research project!  This year our main focus of our weather research project (aside from learning about types of weather) will be a weather log.  Each day we will write and draw what the weather is so we can study trends and patterns.  This will culminate in our kids creating their own forecast!  The weather research project starts with a schema map!

But, if you’re going to study weather, you must kick off with Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs!  What better way to discuss weather and the importance of a weather forecast?!  And that means you need food falling from the sky!

kindergarten weather unit

This week we’re learning about the wind and the sun!  For each type of weather we read an informational text, complete a tree map and a science experiment!  The students record their learning in their weather research journal!

For the wind, the students estimate how far they can blow a feather!  Then we blow the feather and we measure howe far we can blow the feather!

For more details on our Weather Research Project, check out this post:

Math:  Counting On

In math we will be practicing counting on.  This is a skill we do daily in our interactive calendar time so this will be very quick oral practice just as a refresher.  This will allows us to focus on revisiting our math center procedures and expectations!

For a fun interactive counting on lesson using a number line, check out this post:

For more on our interactive calendar time, check out this post:

Mad Science Thursday

This week our  Mad Science science experiment is our feather experiment and we will be using photosensitive paper to experiment with how the sun changes things!  We found our photosensitive paper on Amazon!

Foodie Fun Friday

This week we will make a cloud snack using whipped cream and blueberries (or blue Jell-O)  We simply layer blue and white to make a cloud parfait!


classroom new year party

These are the creations we are using in our classroom this week!


classroom new year party

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