New Year's Resolutions Activities for Middle School

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Happy New Year! Help students get off to a great start by learning about and setting their resolutions using these New Year's resolutions activities.

As the calendar turns to a new year, many people around the world engage in a long-standing tradition known as New Year's resolutions. Help students discover New Year's resolution traditions around the world and reflect on their resolutions and goals for the year ahead with this packet of reading passages and activities.

What’s Included

In this New Year's resolutions activity packet you’ll get:

  • Ready-to-use printable reading passages on the traditions of New Year's resolutions, Auld Lang Syne, and the global traditions of setting New Year's resolutions
  • 6 New Year's resolutions activities including paired reading questions, multiple choice questions, vision boards, and social media-inspired activities
  • Printable worksheets and templates for each activity.

New Year's Resolutions Activities in This Packet

Introduction: New Year's Resolutions

Student can learn about the long-standing tradition of setting New Year's resolutions and build their close reading skills with this informative reading passage. Build comprehension with multiple choice questions and a reflective journal prompt.

New Year's Resolutions & “Auld Lang Syne”

Students can discover the connection between “Auld Lang Syne” and New Year’s Resolutions with this reading passage and paired reading questions.

New Year's Resolutions: Global Traditions

Students can build close reading skills and learn about traditions of setting New Year's resolutions around the world with this reading passage and accompanying reading prompts. Students will discover unique customs in Spain, Japan, and Brazil.

New Year's Resolutions: Planning

Using the printable planning template, students can start planning their own New Year's resolutions vision board to help them visualize their desired future and set intentions.

New Year's Resolutions: Accountability

Help students learn about having someone support them and hold them accountable for achieving their resolutions. This writing activity involves students choosing that person and explaining why they think they will help them to achieve their goals and intentions.

New Year's Resolutions: Social Media Inspo!

Students will design emojis, and create images and captions to summarise what they've learnt about the traditions of setting and achieving New Year's resolutions. These social media-inspired tasks help students practice digital content creation and communication.

More Like This

If you’re looking for more activities for the New Year, try New Year's Choice Board for Middle School or check out the full New Year's collection for lessons, classroom activities, printables, and more!

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Ashley is a high school English teacher and instructional coach. Ashley has been teaching in New York State as a proud public educator since 2010. She has a Bachelor of… Read more

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