I'm thinking about the first week back in January. After two weeks off, the kids will be tired, out of sync, and off schedule. Some may even be jet-lagged, in my neck of the woods. I've found a few back-to-school activities that may help ease the transition.
New Year's Goals
Creating goals really starts the New Year on the right foot. Here is an example of a goal setting template you can find for free at my TPT store.
It would look great matched up with the craftivity show below.
Write Your Own MAD LIBS
MAD LIBS has published the following directions for "Write Your Own" Mad Lib.
This would be a great opportunity to practice grammar. Ask the students to write a brief story and include a certain number of nouns, adjectives, verbs, proper nouns, etc.
Snapshots of Winter Break
This freebie is from Aimee VanMiddlesworth. Students draw pictures of several different winter break memories then write sentences or paragraphs about them. I like the idea of writing "captions" (NF text features!) for each picture. Thanks, Aimee!
Enjoy your first week back!