There is something exciting about the start of a new year. You’ve left the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind you. Even if you’re not into New Year’s Resolutions, you’ve possibly spent some time reflecting on ways to be your best self in the new year. While many teachers may feel excited about the new year, many also feel apprehension about the upcoming return to school after winter break. I’ve found that I have the best days returning from the break when I have students primarily engaged in independent work. That way, I can go around the classroom and check in with each student. It also provides the opportunity to handle any classroom management issues I saw creeping up before the break. To help you accomplish the same thing, I’ve created a New Year’s reading comprehension bundle that makes the perfect after winter break activities for middle school.