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A student re-arranges letters from the phrase "Happy New Year."

A student re-arranges letters from the phrase “Happy New Year” to create other words.

Students in Jennifer DeLancey’s first grade class at Red Mill rang in the new year on December 23 with a morning full of ELA and math activities. Gathered on a rug and wearing party hats, students took turns re-arranging the letters from the phrase “Happy New Year” on the smart board to create new words such as “are” and “wrap.”

Red Mill new years2Other activities included:

  • “Out with the old, in with the new” antonym sentences
  • “Countdown to noon” cause and effect readying strategy
  • Math addition sorting
  • Learning how to tell time to the hour and then matching digital and analog clocks
  • Writing a “New Year’s Goal” for the next few months in first grade

When the clock struck noon, the class enjoyed a few snacks and had a brief dance party.