Activity | New Year’s Resolutions

English: New Year's Resolutions postcard

English: New Year’s Resolutions postcard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy New Year!

Bonne Annee!

Naya Sala Mubaraka Ho!

No matter the language, the message is the same:  wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year. Often, as we return to classes from a holiday break, we ask the students to make New Year’s resolutions, to plan a small change in their lives for the coming year.  This is sometimes difficult for the children, especially the younger ones, to do. This little activity was posted on Pinterest from Jason’s Online Classroom. It was also found on

First, begin discussion about goal setting. Why do we do it? How is it effective? Have children give examples from their own lives if possible. Use an example from a favourite sports team or player, if nothing comes forward.

Next, use a think-pair-share activity to allow students an opportunity to brainstorm possible goals for themselves. Say to the class: THINK – about two or three realistic goals that you might set for yourself. PAIR – talk to your elbow partner (the person sitting next to him or her) about your ideas. Now let’s SHARE those ideas with the class.

If practical, record those ideas on a chart to be used at a later date. Choose an outline below, or your version of one, to consolidate the discussion and to record each student’s plan.

2 – Ways I can be a better student

0 – Something I want to stop doing

1 – Person in my class I want to get to know better

4 – Books I’d like to read.


2 – Ways I can help my school

0 – Something I could help stop from happening

1 – Way I could be more like my favourite person

4 – Ways I can help my family

Susan Ward

Susan Ward

Retired elementary school principal. Currently a part-time instructor at Faculty of Education, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. I work with teacher candidates placing them in schools and evaluating their teaching skills. I also teach a 20 hour course in social studies curriculum to teacher candidates. I have been an educator for over 35 years and am committed to having the best prepared new teachers we can develop, coming into the field.

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