When kids come back from winter break, they are full of new energy and excitement. Sometimes it can be hard to harness their energy for school work! That’s why you need some great January resources to help them get back in the groove. I have compiled books and activities to get you started with your lesson planning.
January Resources and Book ideas
In my classroom, I love focusing on seasonal topics such as welcoming the New Year, winter, and Martin Luther King Day. These are great for incorporating into your ELA planning. Here are some of my favorite resources including reading comprehension packs, winter-themed book reviews, New Year’s activity books, and more! Get inspired for January with my top read alouds and activities for upper elementary.
My top 5 Favorite January Books (click to check each book out):
- Seeds and Trees: A children’s book about the power of words
- All the Snowman At Night Books
- Martin’s Big Words (Big Words): The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- I Have a Dream
- The Mitten
Here are a few of my top January Resources that will inspire and motivate your students. All of these items can be seen by clicking on the image or link.
This fun New Years flip book will help kids reflect on the past year, 2019, and make goals for the new year. It also features New Years Day facts, poem writing, and other fun New Years themed writing prompts. The pennant writing activity is perfect to put on display! So, making writing fun for the New Year with this exciting flipbook!
Perfect for using with any winter-themed books, these review templates will make creating a bulletin board display a piece of cake! Kids love the fun designs and images. So, get your class excited about reading with these fun templates!
These graded passages are intended for 3rd and 4th graders. Topics include Martin Luther King Jr, New Year’s resolutions, snow, winter, fables, and poems. You can use these as a warm-up, small group work, homework, or even put them in a center for a quick assessment.
Get your class writing with these fun prompts! Have your kids color the toppers themselves, or print out already colored pages. There’s also a space for students to add their own illustration. Then, display them on your bulletin board. Even kids who don’t enjoy writing will love using these prompts!
It’s a challenge to keep spelling interesting. But, with this pack of fun activities, kids will beg to use the spelling and word work center! You can also use ideas in the packet for homework, warm-ups, and small group work.
With these fun resources, you can keep your students busy learning and motivated all winter long. I’d love to hear from you if you give them a try! Tell me about your experiences with these winter resources in the comments.
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