The first day back from any holiday break is challenging but the first day after winter break is exceptionally challenging for both students and teachers. Everyone is out of their routines and it’s important to review expectations for your students. 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 all about re-introducing routines and expectations after the break.
Check out these ideas for English Language Arts lesson plans below for the first week back after Winter Break.
First Day Back From Winter Break Lesson Ideas
- Brainstorm with students what a new years resolution is.
- Watch the video in this article. Have students write down the advice from the psychologist. (Be specific and track your goals)
- 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.’
- Have students provide examples of resolutions they have heard people make in the past in real life or on social media (get healthy, study more etc).
- Then read this article “Most people give up New Year’s Resolutions by January 12, study claims” – out loud as a class.
- Use the Google Extension Print Friendly and PDF to edit the article before you print it out. Instructions are found here.
- Follow this interactive lesson plan for helping students set goals for the new year found in this FREE resource.
First Week Back From Winter Break Lesson 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 to reinforce previously taught writing and thinking skills with creative writing or media literacy lessons.
Below is a list of academic yet fun lessons for the first week after Winter Break.
Students will select one the provided character roles: winter coat, ice skates, coffee shop owner, local sledding hill, lost mitten and create a written or visual product based on the character’s specific writing prompt.
Get your students excited about writing with these no prep creative writing prompts. Students will select their topic from 20 different writing prompts.
Help your students develop a deeper understanding of what happens to clothes when they are no longer wanted by the consumer. This lesson also shows students the different paths that discarded clothing can take donations, landfill, resale, shipping to developing nations as well as being burned.
Your students will develop a deeper understanding of media literacy and consumer awareness with this engaging lesson on how prices on consumer products are different for men and women. This lesson also shows students the different techniques marketers use to get consumers to purchase products.
This lesson also shows students the different techniques outlet stores use to get consumers to purchase products.
What About A Digital Escape Room?
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 that they accidentally got locked into. This is a digital escape room and requires no paper set up for the teacher. It is hosted in Google Forms. Get this FREE digital escape room here.
Long Range Planning
Looking for more lesson planning ideas for the English Language Arts classroom? Check out our free Year Long Scope and Sequence.