Friday, January 9, 2015

One Little the classroom

For the past few years, I have started the days after winter break with lessons about resolutions and my One Little Word. I have taken (stolen) ideas from others and now have a pretty lesson plan to introduce the OLW to my students.

First, I like to show them a Year in Review video such as the following just to remind them of the highs & lows of the previous year.

After that I ask them what a resolution means and what the top 5 new years resolutions are?

In no particular order:
1. Quit smoking
2. Lose weight
3. Be more organized
4. Be more spiritual
5. Spend more time with family

I then tell them how almost 90% of people fail and then ask why people fail?
1. Laziness
2. Time
3. Quit

I then start my first activity:  Non-resolutions. I took the idea from Crazy Lady Teacher here. Basically, list the things you will NOT do this year. For example:

I will not travel to Alaska this year.
I will not have another child this year.

Then we share our favorites. Good times!

This leads us to OLW. I explain what it is and then show them this video I found from Holly Mueller at Reading, Teaching, Learning:

After the video, I pull up this emaze for slide #2. It has great questions to think about when deciding on a OLW.

Once words are chosen, students design their construction paper with the word. On the back, they write a paragraph that states:
1. What does the word mean to you. Explain.
2. How will you achieve this goal? What do you need to do?

Here are some pictures of finished student OLW's.


  1. This is great! I will be sharing this with teachers I work with. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. I hope they like it. Thanks for the comment.