Another New Year’s lesson I’ve done was on resolutions. We had a required unit for level 2 that was healthy eating and activities so I thought this would be a good way to touch on the goals from that unit and redecorate my room.

Again, I started with lots of input (Thanks Megan for collecting all of these!). For higher levels, there are countless articles about the origins of the resolution tradition and how to accomplish the resolutions. There are more of these images and some tweets on the Chispas page if you click the “Año Nuevo” tab.


I don’t know about that “menos café” one…


Next they need some interpretive and interpersonal activities. A quick “3-corners” check would work well here. Example: Teacher says a resolution in TL like “improve grades” and students go to the sign that represents if that is an important goal to them. Or up the level by using adverbs and the future tense.

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Now they can write out their own.

Step 1: Make their own list.

To make a list, there are several nicely formatted ones on Google images AND has a great layout if they want to make theirs digitally. The formatting definitely made them want to do it more than a piece a paper like I’ve done in the past.

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Step 2: Make a bulletin board.

I asked them to pick their most important goal. I gave them green paper for them to cut out ovals/circles. They wrote their resolution on there with a doodle (name optional). Then they put them on the board clumped together. In the end we had a branch of grapes thanks to my student aide that did the finishing details. The picture below is what inspired my board (we just had the resolutions written on the grapes). I wish I could find our picture of it! #propósito2016


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Any other ideas for New Year’s Resolutions lessons?