End of the Year Activities
As the school year is finishing up, I always find myself looking for some fun activities to do with my students. Here's a collection of ideas to help you wrap up the end of your year in a fun way.
My class does this activity as a welcome to next year's class. Take a 12x18 sheet of white construction paper and fold it into 6 boxes. Draw a picture in each box:|
1. Write "Welcome Back to School" in big, fancy letters.
2. Draw a picture of your favorite school lunch.
3. Illustrate a scene from your favorite library book. Include the title and author.
4. Draw a picture of your teacher.
5. Illustrate your favorite "special subject" (art, music, P.E., etc.)
6. Draw all of the school supplies that a student in your class needs.
1. Write one important class rule. Draw a neat border around it.
2. Write the word RESPONSIBILITY in fancy letters. Write a short poem about responsibility.
3. Write the word RESPECT in fancy letters, each letter in a different color. Make a border of words and...
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I'm not sure how involved you want to get, but at my school, all the first grade classes get together for Camp Rio Vista (Rio Vista is the name of our school). This happens the last week or so of school. We get the parents to donate money for Camp t-shirts, even. And each class gets to make a camp banner for their room. Some of us really go all out and pitch tents in our classrooms. |
During the morning, we rotate the classes among activities in all the rooms... each teacher gets to choose a fun camp-type activity to do. I like to make bead necklaces. Other teachers do things like make wildlife dioramas, painting rocks, writing scary stories. We have five classes, and so it takes 3 days to get through the rotations, doing 2 classes a morning. This year, we're trying to pick fun...
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One thing you could try is a brochure. Ask your students to recall some of the things they learned during the year. Explain to them that they are going to leave a memento for the class that will follow them. Each child will write some of the features 2nd grade (my grade) has to offer and put some of their personal tips for survival, as well as a tidbit about themselves. You could also ask them to include the best and worst things about 2nd grade, tools they'll need to succeed...you name it. You could give the students an 81/2" by 11" sheet of paper with the format you've created on it and allow them to fill in their thoughts and ideas. Then, let them decorate it as they choose. It would also be neat if a small snapshot of the writer were put on the cover. Maybe this could...
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i do a few things at the end of the year to hang on to my students, but keep them learning (even if i'm not taking grades)|
--i teach them "tough" stuff and let them know it's for older kids (i teach 6th). i do a short unit on shakespeare--we look at dress, class of the day, the Globe Theatre, impact of religion on politics. we read a few of his plays written in prose. (i try to pick shows that our local shakespeare theatre will produce this summer.) and in math we did some tough work with integers (positive and negative numbers) and algebra--i was teaching them "secrets" to help in the coming years.
--when i teach math (i didn't this year), i did many hands-on activities to extend where we were with probability.
--i have a spelling bee with all the words from the year (everyone copies them at their desk, even if they're...
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I am new to fourth grade, too. One idea I saw last year was "Compliment Day." Have students write their names at the top of a piece of paper. Pass the paper to the student next to them. That student starts at the bottom and writes a one line compliment. Then they fold up the bottom of the paper, covering their words, and pass the paper to the next student. Each student can take home a page full of compliments at the end of the day.|
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We too have an end of year open house. I collect extra staple pullers, and the parents stroll the room and take down their child's work from the walls! All their writing, notebooks and logs go home that night as well.
I do a tribute to each child, by collecting compliments and special little stories from the class on each child and share bits and pieces with the group. In addition, the families each bring in a dessert to share.
As for packets, I put together a small handout which consists of: suggested summer reading & a book list to record their titles, ideas for authentic mathematics problem solving, possibilities for writing & a mini notebook, and the high frequency words we've been working on in spelling.
We usually do a memories book, or a class tee shirt (parents pay for these...
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Writing-- I usually do a lot of writing in these days. We do reflection pieces adn a poem called "How I've Grown in Fourth Grade". I do this in couplets. We also write about our most memorable moments in paragraph form. These go into their folders for next year. They can do autobiographies and I compare them to the ones they wrote in the first week of school. Huge improvements!|
Social Studies- I have them color maps. There are many little projects you can do. Have them color the state flag of a state and write all facts about that state (flower, motto, bird,, etc) I also do region postcards. They choose a state to write from and they have to tell info about that region/state and draw a picture on back. This assesses their knowledge of regions/states. Play state and capital games and puzzles.
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here are some things that I am doing- hope they help!|
1. a little yearbook-
a.I ran off "memories" page- funniest thing that happened this year, saddest, most embarrassing, etc.
b. We sat down together, me at the computer and had each child stand up one at a time, and the kids described that person and what they were like, and what they wished for them in the future.
c. had kids write their name at the top of a page of lined paper. they would pass it to the next student, that kid put their name in margin, and wrote down something nice about the paper's owner. Then pass to the next kid. When it returned to the owner, it has comments from everyone in the class.
d. I ran off on the copier a class picture, with arrows pointing...
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Game Day: Think I got that here... kids bring in a game board, and you pack while they play. I couldn't believe how calm and nicely they played (and for how looooong!).|
Summer Cleaning Day: OK- so it doesn't sound fun for us, but the kids love it. The key is in really putting a little time ahead of time to type a list for yourself of every job they could possibly help you with. You won't get to do too much, but a lot will get done.
Book Beach/Camp Learned-a-Lot/ Summer Sleepover: Those are all different themes we've brainstormed for the same basic idea that each teacher makes a review or memories activity for their room and the kids rotate through. Either all in one day or one each day for a week.
Tye Dying-- bandanas are fun and smaller than T-shirts!
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Here are some of the things I am doing with my class:|
1) Create a poster & written review for their favorite story from our reading curriculum. (You could also do this with field trips, special projects, etc.)
2) "Bubble Day" - we will spend a morning doing bubble related activities like building 3D shapes with toothpicks and gum drops and dipping them in bubble solution, "bubble art" where they blow bubbles into paint and press them on to paper, and some others.
3) 3rd Grade Jeopardy - I do this after every quarter as a review, and they love it - so this one is from the whole year. I have categories based on school subjects, but also fun ones like "People in the Class" or "Remember When".
4) We also do an "All About Me" book that is similar to the booklet the others are talking about....
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My favorite end of the year activity is Shaving Cream Spelling. I start by telling the students that we're just going to practice writing our spelling words on lined paper & that today's lesson is a little boring. They groan & I tell them to hang in there! After a few words I tell them to forget about the paper, let's just write the words on our desks with pencil. I'm make them swear not to tell the principal on me or I'd be in big trouble!! They are schocked that I'm actually allowing them to write on their desks! After a few more words I change my mind & tell them that maybe we're making too big of a mess. Then I take out a few cans of shaving cream & begin squirting it onto their desks. You'd think they'd dive right in, but they're hesitant to even touch it!! I quickly explain...
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I teach fifth grade, and my students are going on to middle school. One thing I had my students do, and I told them it would receive a language arts grade, was to write their memoirs of elementary school. We took their completed and typed memoirs and placed them into a memory book, along with photocopies of pictures of them that I was able to get of them during their elementary school years. We also took a class picture and made photocopies of it. |
Another activity I do is have a math olympics. We have flash cards, estimation activities, competitions (how far they can jump in a standing broad jump, for instance), etc. I give out awards and prizes for these events. I would imagine that you could even give out gold medals (made of gold foil or paper) to the kids. I am giving out...
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Depending on your grade level you might be able to use or modify some of these ideas|
- make a year end newspaper - highlighting events from the past year, etc.,
- have 5 theme days, beach, jungle, camping, popcorn, bubbles, science madness, backwards day, etc., Plan your day around these days with special foods, dressing up, music, etc., Even jr/sr high students can enjoy these types of days if you do the theme with them in mind. Instead of beach days, do a Caribbean theme.
- Field trips - if budgets are hard to come by, what about anything within walking distance.
- plant a garden for the school - flower beds, etc.,
- have a kite making day - there are some great sites on the web with instructions on how to make kites.
- have a paper airplane...
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Hey! Hope some of these work for you:|
1) Have the students write one good thing about all the others and type a list for each student. I'm sure you've heard that story before.
2) Make class T-shirts with the handprints of all students (teacher too if you like). We have a first grade teacher who does this every year.
3) There's a post on here somewhere that talks about making a DVD for the class. If you can find that, you might get some good ideas there.
4) You could make some kind of picture frame and put a class picture in it. If there was a mat, everyone could sign it too.
5) I still have a glass my 4th grade teacher gave us at the end of the year. It was a clear, tall glass and she painted a small...
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