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Lesson Plans For After Winter Break

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Use these lesson plans for after winter break to help your students get back into their school routines.

The first day back from any holiday break is challenging, but the first day after winter break is exceptionally challenging for students and teachers. Everyone is out of their routines, and reviewing expectations for your students is important. After this is done – it should take less than ten minutes for middle and high school students – how will you fill the rest of your class period? Here is a great blog post about re-introducing routines and expectations after the break.

Check out these lesson plans for after winter break.

Lesson Plans For After Winter Break (Your First Day Planned)

  1.  Brainstorm with students what a New Year’s resolution is.
  2. Watch the video in this article. Have students write down the advice from the psychologist. (Be specific and track your goals)
  3. Watch this video. Have students write down what the SMART acronym represents. (Specific, Measure, Attainment, Realistic, Track). The video can also be Googled. Top five New Year’s resolutions for 2018 Dec. 29, 2017 – 3:59  Psychiatrist Dr. Domenick Sportelli provides insight on ‘Fox & Friends First.’
  4. Have students provide examples of resolutions they have heard people make in real life or on social media (get healthy, study more etc).
  5. Then read the article “Most people give up New Year’s Resolutions by January 12, study claims” aloud as a class.
  6. Use the Google Extension Print Friendly and PDF to edit the article before printing it. Instructions are found here.
  7. Follow this interactive lesson plan for helping students set goals for the new year found in this FREE resource.

Lesson Plans For After Winter Break – Ideas

After students have time to goal set I like them to get back into school work – but I don’t start anything too rigorous the first week back as many students take this week as additional vacation or are still in break “mode.” I like reinforcing previously taught writing and thinking skills with creative writing or media literacy lessons.

Below is a list of academic yet fun lesson plans for after Winter Break. 

Creative Writing

Media Literacy Lesson Plans For After Winter Break

What About A Digital Escape Room?

Digital Escape Rooms are the best addition to your lesson plans for after winter break. At the end of the week, have your students work together on this FREE winter-themed digital escape room. Students must work together to help get themselves out of the Art Room supply closet they accidentally got locked into. This digital escape room requires no paper setup for the teacher. It is hosted in Google Forms. Get this FREE digital escape room here.

Help your students learn to love snow with this Snow Themed Digital Escape Room. Students work independently or with their peers to solve 10 snow-themed challenges. Students must solve these required challenges to escape the basement supply closet they accidentally got locked in. This is not Christmas-themed, as all clues are about snow.

You can also try this Snow-Themed Digital Escape Room, where students solve ten snow-themed challenges to escape the basement supply closet they accidentally got locked in. This Snow-Themed Digital Escape Room can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers USD or Shopify CAD.

Long Range Planning

If you want more ideas of fresh lesson plans for after winter break, download these free middle school long range plans.

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