New Year’s Day has come and gone, and most of us are still adjusting to having to remember the year is no longer 2012. January is a great month to focus on new beginnings and goals for the year that has just started. And it's also a great time to do this with your ESL learners.
Here are some suggestions for a New Year’s lesson your students will remember throughout the year.
Bring on the resolutions!
Ask your students if they have they made any resolutions yet. If they have, they may choose to share them with the class. If they haven't, they may come up with some resolutions of their own. Try using this great My New Year's Resolutions Worksheet to inspire more positive thoughts, and help them hone their writing skills, too!
Then, how about practicing predictions with will and won’t? Try this worksheet where students have to guess what their classmates have resolved to do in the New Year.
Our New Year is not the only New Year
New Year’s Game: Picture this Resolution
New Year’s Readings
Happy New Year Everywhere! – by Arlene Erlbach, illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm
New Year’s Day (True Books) - by Dana Meachen Rau
Celebrating Chinese New Year – by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, photographs by Lawrence Migdale
If you haven’t done so yet, take the time with your class to look back on the year that just passed and check on the learning goals they may have set at the start of the school year. If they didn’t set any back in September, now’s a great time to do so.
And be sure to browse our New Year’s Section, where you’ll find worksheets and activities to make January a month filled with positive, fun resolutions.
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