Fireworks light up the sky. Bells ring. Horns blare. Revelers sing "Auld Lang Syne." It must be midnight on the first day of the New Year.
Many people see the New Year as an opportunity for a fresh start. They make resolutions to break bad habits, try new things, accomplish goals, and become better versions of themselves. Our New Year's activities for students allow them to have some fun and do a little self-reflecting while learning about the holiday. Which class activity will your students try?
New Year's Classroom Activities
Ring in the New Year with language arts, science, math, and social studies hands-on projects your students will love. Short on time? No problem! Just print one of our "New Year's activities for students" pdfs and pass them out. Be sure to check out our New Year's bulletin board ideas, our Chinese New Year activities, and our winter holiday games and crafts, too!
1. Roll a New Year’s Story
Challenge students to write a holiday tale using our “Roll a New Year’s Story” activity sheet. Three rolls of a die determine the story's main character, setting, and problem. Will the story be about an angry chauffeur in Times Square just as time starts moving backward at 11:59? Or will it be about a partygoer who escapes to an apartment rooftop after a confetti machine glitch threatens to cover the whole city in colorful strips of paper? There are so many silly story lines!
Consider writing the story together as a class if you teach younger grades. Older students can partner up and take turns writing each line of the story. Finally, give students the choice of how they want to share their creations, whether it's by:
- Reading the story aloud to the class
- Acting out the story
- Putting on a puppet show (To make the puppets, they could simply draw the characters, cut them out, and glue a popsicle stick to the backs.)
- Creating a comic strip
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