2020 New Year Resolution Worksheet / Writing Activity – last updated Sat Jan 11, 2019: I already failed my 2020 New Year’s Resolutions. How about you?
But we can set goals at any time. Here’s a FREE no-prep goal setting worksheet for your students that will walk them through the brainstorming process. You can also modify the Word docs for your specific needs.
Study skills are more than just how to study. It’s about HOW to set goals and figuring out the “WHY” behind why we need to achieve this goal. It’s about the BIG PICTURE.
I may know HOW to study, but if I’m not motivated, or I’m just told I have to study, it may not mean anything. Achieving goals (like studying for a hard test) takes EFFORT so you need a solid “WHY” to pull you through.
Help students set New Year’s Resolutions for 2020, study goals, or any sort of Personal Resolutions (goals), any time of the year using this FREE writing assignment.
BONUS GOAL SETTING PERSONAL RESOLUTION HANDOUT (added Jan 11, 2020):
- We added a generic, works-any-time-of-the-year Personal Resolutions (goal setting) version of our 2020 New Year’s Resolution handout.
- We don’t have to wait until the New Year to set goals and improve. This FREE writing assignment helps students recognize that they can choose to get better starting today!
- This Personal Resolutions handout is the exact same activity as our New Year’s 2020 Resolutions handout with a few minor changes.
- The handouts are identical on purpose. The point is, we can set goals anytime in the year. At the start of the school year or semester. After you get back a major assignment or report card. And yes, after New Year’s Eve!
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What’s your 2020 New Year’s Resolution for your classroom?
- Our Educircles 2020 New Year’s Resolution was to give out a free lesson every week.
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- Here’s our second article about a business owner who knows how much it sucks to have the heat turned off on your home… so he pays it forward and pays off the utility bills for a bunch of strangers. Check out the article and citizenship discussion questions! Keeping the streak alive, baby!
By the way, this new year’s resolution 2020 handout won’t help most of your students achieve their goals.
No, the title wasn’t click-bait. We really are offering a free resource package to do with your students to walk them through the goal setting process for the 2020 New Year. (Just click the red button below to download it right away.)
The problem with these New Year Resolution Goal handouts (and every other worksheet like it) is that it’s a one-off. You do it with your class, and then you’re done.
Very few people (students or teachers) actually review their goals on a regular basis to see if they’re on track.
Most of us won’t think about our New Year Resolution goals again until the end of the year when we have to make a new year’s resolution for 2021.
It’s nothing personal – just human nature. Achieving goals (or anything worth achieving) takes hard work.
- Click here to read about why teachers and parents need to teach their students how to set and achieve goals.
- Or, just click here for a FREE Goal Setting slideshow for Elementary Students, Middle School and High School
Okay. Now back to this post about our completely FREE NEW YEAR’s RESOLUTION 2020 Paragraph Writing Activity!
As we get to the end of the year, now is the time to look back and reflect on 2019!
It’s also a time of crazy last-minute stuff, students leaving early on holiday vacations, and holiday prep in between all of the class interruptions.
Do you need something to do with your students during the last week of school in December or the first week back in January? No problem, we got you!
Here’s a free, quick and easy writing activity that you can do with your older elementary students, middle school students, or even in high school.
All you have to do is print the PDF and give it to your students.
(Psst. We also give you the word document so you can edit the handouts and the rubric to fit your specific classroom needs and teaching style.)
The handouts will walk you through the brainstorming process and help your students write a paragraph about a new year resolution.
2020 New Year Resolution Worksheet Table of Contents
- New Year’s Resolution PDF Worksheet
- How to write a new year’s resolution (lesson plan)
- Sample New Year Resolutions
New Year’s Resolution PDF Worksheet Handout #1: GOODBYE 2019!
Students brainstorm all of the great moments from 2019 as well as the tough obstacles they had to face…
We provide the students with 3 categories: In class, at school, and outside of school
But of course, you could modify this for other categories: academic moments, social moments, extracurricular moments, family moments
You could also split the categories based on subjects at school …
New Year’s Resolution PDF Worksheet Handout #2: HELLO 2020!
The New Year is a great time to set goals. We call these New Year’s Resolutions!
Students look back at the first handout and think about what happened in 2019… What do you want to improve? What do you wish you could change?
Students are then given space to brainstorm things they want to do more of and things they want to do less of in 2020…
THIS YEAR, I WILL . . .
. . . do MORE of this!
. . .do LESS OF THAT!
New Year’s Resolution PDF Worksheet Handout #3: MY 2020 New year’s resolution
STEP 3: Brainstorm how to achieve one of your New Year’s Resolution Goals
Now that we have brainstormed a list of things we want to do more of and things we want to do less of, it’s time to develop an idea in detail.
Students have to choose to do one of these New Year’s resolution goals. The criteria is to decide which goal would improve their life the most year and to write that down:
This year, I will ___________________________________ .
Students then fill out the mind web graphic organizer and fill out thought bubbles to different prompts to help them think more about their goal:
- Describe what you want to improve.
- What can you do to improve this situation? Why will these actions were?
- How will doing this make your life better? What would feel like if you achieve the school?
Pro tip: all of the prompts on this graphic organizer can be edited in the Microsoft Word document.
New Year’s Resolution PDF Worksheet Handout #4: My New year’s resolution – written paragraph.
What is your goal?
- Describe what you want to improve.
- Describe what you can do to improve the situation and how this will help.
- Explain how doing this resolution will make your life better and explain what it will feel like if you achieve this goal.
- Summarize your goal.
For younger students…
- you might decide this to do this as a class writing activity.
For older elementary students and middle school students…
- this might be an opportunity to assess paragraph writing skills.
For older middle school students and high school students…
- you might modify this to become a five paragraph essay.
New Year’s Resolution PDF Worksheet Handout #5: My New Year’s Resolution Paragraph Rubric
- You answered all of the guiding questions. You very clearly explain your New Year’s resolution with strong support.
- You answered all the guiding questions. Your New Year’s resolution is clear and you have good support.
- You tried to answer the guiding questions. Your paragraph is a little bit confusing because there’s not enough support or there are irrelevant details.
- You answered few of the guiding questions. There really isn’t a central idea in your paragraph. There’s not enough support or there are too many irrelevant details.
- Your writing is effectively organized in a logical manner that really prove your point. Your ideas flow very well. You have an engaging introduction linked to your conclusion.
- Your writing is organized and guides the reader through your support. Your ideas flow well. You have a clear introduction and summarize your point in your conclusion
- The organization of your paragraph is mechanical. You have a list of facts or ideas that are not well connected. Your introduction or conclusion may not be well developed or make sense.
- There isn’t a clear sense of direction with your ideas. Your ideas are loosely or randomly strung together. Ineffective or missing introduction and conclusion
Writing Conventions (capitalization, grammar usage, punctuation, spelling)
- You have strong mastery of standard writing conventions. There may be a few errors due to experimentation.
- You have good control of writing conventions. The work is generally correct.
- There are several errors… but they don’t interfere with the readability
- There are many errors… I have trouble reading your paragraph.
How to write a new year’s resolution (lesson plan)
Sometimes, the hardest part of writing is coming up with something to write about. So, we’ve provided a few examples of New Year’s resolutions for students and teachers.
After all, now is a good time for teachers to reflect on the past year and a set goals for the new year.
This free New Year’s resolution writing activity can be as hands-on or hands-off as you wanted to be.
You could simply give the students the New Year’s Resolution PDF handout package
- and set them loose to see what they can do independently.
- With this option, you don’t even need a specific New Years Resolution lesson plan because the handout package walks the students how to write a new year’s resolution
You could also choose to provide more structure and to guide students through each page of the handout. This will show them how to write a new year’s resolution
Here’s a quick and dirty New Years Resolution lesson plan
- Start with some teacher-modeled writing and do a think aloud for a New Year Resolution that you would do as a teacher. (see resolution examples below to get the conversation going)
- Do some shared writing where the class works together and the class does the thinking and generates answers through a whole class discussion while the teacher does the writing on the board for the class.
- Students do independent writing where they fill out their handout with their own ideas.
- Depending on the writing abilities of your students, the availability of support teachers, or how well your students can work independently, you might also choose to do guided writing where you work in a small homogeneous group of students and do a targeted lesson.
Sample New Year Resolutions
12 Examples of 2020 New Year Resolutions for Students
- Read a new book once a month
- Spend 10 minutes every night reviewing my notes
- Ask more (or less) questions in class.
- Say hi to a new person every day
- Eat lunch with a different person every day
- Try a new sport
- Hang out at a different spot at recess
- Use my agenda more
- Come up with a way to remember due dates
- Get to class on time
- Go to class prepared with paper and pencils and all of my notes
- Try harder in gym/phys ed
19 Examples of 2020 New Year Resolutions for Teachers
- Go to sleep on time
- Stop procrastinating
- Show up to duty on time
- Be positive at staff meetings or speak up at staff meetings
- Keep up on the marking pile
- Smile more (especially at the photocopier)
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
- Photocopy less
- Clean up my desk a little bit every day
- Communicate with parents more – send home sunshine information instead of only when there’s a problem
- Keep on top of my marking
- Finish my report cards on time
- Spend time with friends more
- Park 10 minutes away from school so I have to walk
- Leave school by 4:00 PM (or whatever time is reasonable for you.)
- Make sure tomorrow’s lesson is ready before I leave school the day before
- Go to the staff room and actually eat lunch with people
- Drink more water
- Use the bathroom more