Lessons and Activities To Celebrate the New Year in Language Class


Happy New Year teachers! It's that time again...winter vacation is coming to an end. Your students have had a break from their language learning; so how do we help them to get back on track? Keep reading for tips, ideas, and lessons to celebrate the New Year in your foreign language class. Be sure to read all the way to the end of the post for a FREEBIE!

Cultural Traditions

Create and share a digital presentation showing your students various cultural traditions of the foreign language that you teach.  Click above for a presentation taking your students on a virtual field trip to Spain to celebrate the New Year in Puerta del Sol, Madrid. The presentation includes a countdown in Spanish, a tour and highlights the tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight for good luck, one for each month of the new year.  (This is one superstitious custom that I do myself each and every year! )

New Years Crafts

To learn about a New Year’s cultural tradition, the concept of time and the most basic time expressions, this fun and engaging lesson that is perfect for students in elementary or middle school, focuses on the concept of time in Spanish with a New Year's theme.  

New Years Interactive Notebook Activity

This is a fun and engaging interactive notebook activity that is hands-on for older students to write about their wishes or "deseos" in Spanish.  Of course this activity can be adapted to any language.  Watch a video of this activity.

New Year's Resolutions

Finally, I promised a FREEBIE, and this one is a really fun one for any age students that are able to write!  This activity gets you brainstorming New Year's Resolutions with your students and guides them to make an awesome craftivity that you can display! Click HERE to get it!

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