New Years Themed Activities for the Elementary Computer Lab

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Here are New Years themed activities for the elementary computer lab to keep your students working on technology skills in the computer lab after the New Years holiday.

Here are New Years themed activities for the elementary computer lab to keep your students working on technology skills in the computer lab after the New Years holiday.

We’re going to do a whole series of guides for holiday themed computer lab activities this year. Keep your eye out for more holiday activity posts as the year goes on!

New Years Tech Skills Activities for All Grades

New Years Technology Resolutions

Have your students make new years resolutions for things they would like to improve upon in technology class this year. You can use a template like this New Years Memories and Resolutions eBook, do a more in-depth Goal-Setting Worksheet or create these Painted Jars. Any of these projects can easily be completed digitally with a tweak or two (such as by layering images and text boxes in a program like Google Slides).

My New Years Activities

I put together a couple of activities that have something for everyone, K-5. These include:

  • Digital Sheets/Excel Mystery Pictures
    • There are 3 levels of challenge in these spreadsheet mystery pictures so you can use them with multiple grade levels.
      • Level 1 has a labeled template. Every cell from A1-J10 is labeled to make it as simple as possible for students. Great for grades 1-2.
      • Level 2 has a template but it isn’t filled in with the cell names, which requires students to develop an understanding of how charts cells are named. Great for grades 2-3.
      • Level 3 requires students to open a blank workbook in Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel, make the cells A1-J10 square, and then follow the directions to fill in the picture. Great for grades 4 and up.
  • Digital Hundreds Chart Mystery Pictures
    • Students K-2 are going to love discovering what New Years themed design is hidden in the hundreds chart mystery picture and you’ll love that they are practicing so many different skills. While students may be familiar with paper and pencil hundreds charts, it takes it to a whole new level to do it digitally. Students will really master the toolbar in whatever program you use. The activity has them filling 100 cells in a table per design, making it a mastery activity.
  • CVC Words New Year Theme Digital Secret Picture Tile Puzzles
    • Digital Secret Picture Tile Puzzles are great mouse or trackpad practice as well as being an opportunity to practice navigating a Google Slides or PowerPoint file. This set has 10 slides of CVC word building and typing practice. There is a New Year’s theme on the secret pictures to make it engaging.

If you would like students to work on technology skills while doing fun New Years themed activities in the computer lab, these are for you!

Primary New Years Activities

Digitally Draw a Calendar

Take this paper family calendar project digital. Use a drawing program of your choice, students can utilize pre-made shapes and lines to piece together a calendar for the new year that will help them get a better grasp of time.

New Years Games to practice Tech Skills on ABCya and Primary Games

The games are a mix of academic content and tech skills, making them perfect practice for our youngest students.

Here are New Years themed activities for the elementary computer lab to keep your students working on technology skills in the computer lab after the New Years holiday.

Middle Elementary New Years Activities

New Years WebQuest

Do a web quest to have students search for information about New Years around the world and create a project to show what they learned.

Virtual New Years Party

Set up a new years eve party atmosphere and do a virtual scavenger hunt with table groups competing against one another. Have students bring a pile of items such as school supplies to the table when they arrive, or hide items in/under desks before class.

Upper Elementary New Years Activities

Character New Years Resolutions with Chatterpix

Have your students pick a favorite persona, then use Chatterpix to make some new years resolutions from that character’s point of view. What would Snow White want to improve on? Greg Heffley? Ramona Quimby?

Bonus! Middle/High School Activity Ideas

New Years Break-Outs

Try this free New Year’s Resolution Escape Room.

Create Goal Presentations

Teach your students how to make specific measurable goals, then create presentations with Nearpod’s Winter or Fireworks themed slides.

I hope these New Years themed activities for the elementary computer lab help get your students excited for being back in school this January!

Here are New Years themed activities for the elementary computer lab to keep your students working on technology skills in the computer lab after the New Years holiday.
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