New Year’s Writing Project

December 31, 2010

New Year’s Writing Project

December 31, 2010
I didn’t think I would be posting again until the new year. But I had an idea for my class that I was eager to share with you.

When I start a new idea, I get a little out of control. One minute, I’m calmly drawing something up on my computer (I use a design software called Fireworks). Next thing you know, I’m printing out templates, cutting papers up, and my work area is a total mess in about 2 minutes flat! I’ll deal with that later though.

I wanted a little New Year’s writing project for when we go back on Monday. I was inspired by those really cool templates that teaching stores sell…you know, the ones that look like posters? I did a store-bought one that was “All About Me” with my students back in September and they loved it.

So, I made a template for a New Year’s writing paper. And then I blew it up large (on Block Posters)! This image shows a size comparison of two of the papers.

The larger poster sizes print on 6 pages and require a little trimming to fit together, but it was easy to do.

I love lots of options, so I made 4 different templates in all (lines, no lines, regular-sized, poster-sized).

I know my students will want the poster size. I’m going to let them choose whether they’d like lines or not, as I have a huge range of writers in my ELL class. I think the blank template will work well for my most non-English proficient students…I will let them draw a picture as well as use a phrase in each bubble.

I really hope you can use these in your class. And I would love to hear back about how it went if you decide to try it out. I will be posting about how it went in my class on Monday or Tuesday.

1. Small paper, no lines
2. Small paper, with lines
3. Poster, no lines
4. Poster, with lines

I hope you have a very happy New Year’s Eve! Off to clean up my work area…


  • Patricia's Particularity December 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    These are wonderful! I love the idea of getting the kids to share their hopes and thoughts for a new year! I can't wait to use these when I become a teacher!!

  • Tanya V. December 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Love this! I already printed it. Thanks for the great post.

    A Class Act

  • Kristen December 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks so much!!!

  • Jessica January 2, 2012 at 3:50 am

    This is a great idea for the New Year. Thanks a bunch.

  • Azwildcats January 2, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Thank you!

  • Azwildcats January 2, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Thank you!

  • Diana January 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Loved it and printed it! My second graders will be doing this tomorrow! Thank you for sharing!

  • JulieCMiller January 4, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! I love it! (hopefully the 1st graders will too.)

  • Rosario January 4, 2012 at 5:24 am

    This looks like fun. I need to start mid-year testing this should be a great independent activity for my 4th graders.

  • The Off Island Peters January 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing this!!! I had my 3rd graders work on it and they love it!

  • Kristen January 5, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Thank you guys for leaving comments! I am so glad you all can use it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Wooden Beams January 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  • 1derwoman1dermom September 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I just learned so much about my own children! Thank you so much for the terrific file.

  • Mrs. Feist December 6, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Great blog Kristin. Thank you for the "Thinking about the New Year" worksheet. I will be using that in January.
    Please follow me on my blog. I just started, so I am not a savvy with it yet!!
    the "Feisty" classroom


  • sweet and lovely crafts December 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I love this printable. My daughter's only 4, but we're going to try filling this out anyway. It will be fun to look back on. Thanks!

  • Ms.M from Teachingisagift December 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Great idea! I would love it if you would link up to my New Year Linky Party at Let's ring in the new year with lots of great ideas to share and celebrate!

  • Molly January 1, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Oh my goodness I just found this post and this poster looks great!! I really need to just spend a day (or a few) to go back and read all your old posts that I missed before I found you!! You are just full of so many wonderful ideas!! Happy New Year, friend!

    Lessons with Laughter

  • Shelly Sitz January 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to use it.

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

  • Laurie January 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I'll be using this tomorrow!! I think the kids will LOVE having a large poster and I'll be sure to take their pics too!

    First Grade Lyons' Den

  • Stephanie January 2, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Thank you so much!!! I think I will use this for a homework assignment this week πŸ™‚

  • Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron January 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    These are great, friend! Thank you πŸ™‚
    The Teacher’s Cauldron

  • kanish January 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you!

  • Mrs. Faust January 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Super cute! Thanks!

  • Jessica Goodrow January 6, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Just downloaded to use with my second graders.
    Literacy Spark

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