As the New Year approaches, it’s the perfect time to introduce exciting and educational activities into the upper elementary classroom. The New Year’s Choice Boards offer a blend of fun and learning, tailored to meet the diverse needs of students. Let’s explore how these choice boards can invigorate your classroom with New Year-themed activities.
The Power of Choice in Learning
Choice boards empower students by giving them control over their learning. This sense of autonomy can increase engagement and motivation, especially in students who are early finishers or those who seek an extra challenge. With the New Year’s Choice Boards, every student can find something that resonates with their interests and abilities.
How to Implement New Year’s Choice Boards
- Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge: Encourage students to complete any three tasks in a row, column, or diagonal, like tic-tac-toe. It adds an element of strategy and choice, making learning more engaging.
- Individual Pace: Distribute the choice boards at the beginning of your New Year unit. This allows students to work at their own pace, selecting activities that intrigue them.
Diverse and Engaging Activities
The New Year’s Choice Boards are packed with a variety of activities, each with its own matching work page. Here’s a glimpse:
- Acrostic Poem: Students create an acrostic poem using “New Year” as a prompt, encouraging creativity and reflection.
- Setting Goals: An activity focused on goal-setting helps students plan and articulate their aspirations for the year ahead.
- Word Search: A fun and relaxing word search themed around the New Year.
- Picture Book: Students can unleash their creativity by creating a picture book that tells a story about the New Year.
- Create Words: A challenge to form new words from the letters in “Happy New Year,” which enhances vocabulary skills.
- Text Me: An innovative task where students write a text message conversation about their New Year resolutions or experiences.
- Newspaper Activity: Students design a newspaper page with New Year headlines, fostering an understanding of media and current events.
- Reflection: A reflective exercise where students look back at the past year and document their experiences and learning.
- Design Your Goals: A creative task where students visually design their goals for the year, combining art with goal-setting.
The New Year’s Choice Boards offer a unique and engaging way to integrate the spirit of the New Year into your classroom. These activities not only cater to different learning styles but also promote critical thinking, creativity, and self-expression. As we welcome the New Year, let these choice boards be a catalyst for a year full of learning, growth, and fun in your upper elementary classroom.
New Years Choice Boards
Are you looking for your enrichment or exemplary tasks to be done for the year? These New Years choice boards are perfect for your early finishers or students that need a challenge.
You can use this by telling students to complete 3 boxes or as a tic-tac-toe challenge. Each box comes with a matching work page.