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Lesson Plans
New Year’s Resolution
1st–2nd Grade
Objectives Objectives

Reading Literature
  • Asking and answering questions about key details in a text
  • Producing and expanding complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences
  • Defining “New Year’s resolution” and helping to make appropriate class resolutions
  • Creating individual New Year’s resolutions
Materials Needed
Introduction Introduction

  1. Ask students to raise their hands if they have heard of making a New Year’s resolution. Invite them to share what they think a resolution is.
  2. Explain that you are going to read aloud a make-believe story about a squirrel who makes a New Year’s resolution.
  3. Ask students to pay special attention to the story to find out what a resolution is and why people might make them at the beginning of each year.



  1. Read aloud Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller.
  2. After the story, invite students to help you define “resolution.” (You may want to encourage them to look back at the story for assistance.) Write the collective definition on chart paper or a whiteboard.
  3. Invite students to help you brainstorm a list of resolutions you can make as a class (e.g., We can help other people, We can try to always follow the rules or We can be kind to our classmates).

Independent Practice Independent Practice

  1. Give each student a copy of the New Year’s Resolution reproducible and set out the craft materials. Encourage students to think of their own resolutions and write them on the reproducible.
  2. Distribute the posterboard and magnetic strips. Instruct students to cut out and glue their reproducibles to the posterboard and attach the magnetic strips to the back.
  3. Encourage students to take their creations home and stick them on their refrigerators (or another magnetic surface) to remind them of their goal for the coming year!

View the 1st–2nd Grade lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)
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