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New Year Reflections

The New Year Reflections project is a fun and educational way for students to reflect on the past year and plan for the future. With the help of AccuCut’s MARK 5™ Die-Cutting Machine and Circle-Spinner die, students can create their own circle spinners and decorate them with their thoughts and plans for the new year. The New Year Reflections project is a great way to help students reflect on the past and look forward to the future.

Materials Needed:

  • AccuCut MARK 5™ Die-Cutting Machine (AC5500)
  • AccuCut Circle Spinner-Jumbo (C2008J)
  • Construction Paper
  • Pens, Pencils, or Markers
  • Paper Fastener (Optional)
  • Glue


  1. Place up to 6 layers of construction paper on the AccuCut Circle Spinner die.
  2. Run the die through the MARK 5 die-cutting machine, cutting one circle spinner for each student.
  3. Give each student a circle and provide them with prompts to reflect on the past year and plan for the upcoming year. Some examples of prompts could include:
    1. What were some of your favorite memories?
    2. What were some challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
    3. What are some goals you have for the next year?
  4. How do you plan to make next year even better than this year?
  5. Have the students write their answers on their circles using pens, pencils, or markers. Encourage them to be creative and use their imagination.
  6. Option: If desired, cut out the spinner and assemble it using a paper fastener. This can turn the activity into a fun game where students can spin the spinner and answer the prompts on their circles.
  7. Once the students have completed their reflections, have them glue their circles onto a piece of construction paper to create a display. This can be hung in the classroom as a reminder of the students’ goals and plans for the new year.

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