This is the first time I remember just having 2 days when we come back after Christmas. We decided to do lots of New Year things instead of getting into letters and any other units. We talked about what a resolution was and we all decided on things we could do better this year.
We read a book about New Year's Day and all the things included in that celebration.
We talked about staying up late and made a bar graph showing that most of our classmates stayed up super late. It has been 5 days since New Year's eve and super late could mean anything to someone who is 5!
We learned about a tradition someone had of putting a trinket in a cupcake. Whoever got the cake with the trinket had good luck. We practiced our ordinal numbers and glued trinkets under all of these cupcakes from the first to the eighth!
We made a book of opposites to reflect how we look back at our old selves and promise to change to a new self in the new year!
We also learned about the southern tradition of eating blackeyed peas and cornbread for luck and we all became food judges to taste and graph our results. I forgot to include a picture of the graph but 2 kids only liked peas, 2 kids only liked cornbread and 17 kids liked both peas and cornbread!
We practiced counting backwards from 10 to 0 and blew our noise makers at 12:00 (noon!). The kids cut and glued these little bitty numbers down a strip of paper and did a great job.
We made a year in review from what we could remember. The kids then copied onto their own tree maps.
These ideas are from Kim Adsit's Happy New Year and a mini unit from Brooke Perry created last year. We have become pinterest addicted also and get great ideas from that source!