The end of the year is finally here and I know you are ready for your break! Now, before you get all wrapped up in those last day happy hour plans, you want to keep up the fun and learning until those students leave your care. I know this can be so challenging toward the end of the year, so I want to share these 10 end of the year activities for students that are a snap to implement!
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End of year literacy activities to keep their skills on point
End of year literacy activities are such a challenge when you have kiddos that can barely sit still. Here are some ways you can make it relatable and fun.
1. Thank you notes
A very kind thing to do and such a nice way to end the year is to write notes. Have students pick someone that helped them to have a successful year. It can be anyone in school that made an impact on them or maybe it was an adult outside of school. Tell students to write about how this person helped them.
2. End of year ela activities with notes to students
As you’re planning your end of year ela activities, it would be helpful for future 1st graders to receive a note that will tell about what they are going to experience in the Fall. Set up a day to go to a Kindergarten class, and your students can share their notes in person. If you do not want to have students write a note, they can just share verbally.
3. This is the most effective way to review math skills for 1st graders
What if I told you it was possible to review all your math skills for 1st graders for the year and do nothing but play games until the last day? Don’t believe me? This amazing math resource gives you 6 different games that can be played 5 different ways. You have 30 games to choose from and your students are also reviewing:
- PLACE VALUE
- GREATER THAN AND LESS THAN
- ORDERING NUMBERS
4. End of year digital strategies for independent learning
Where would we be without strategies for independent learning at the end of the year? We absolutely LOVE Boom cards because they are easy for your kiddos to do on their own or in partners, and they are self-checking. This little bee math spiral review is insanely fun for the kids to uncover the colors!
Your students can also enjoy some digital literacy enrichment with this engaging emergent reader from Boom. Students learn end of the year vocabulary, get to see real images, and practice phonics skills.
5. Keep your students active until the end of the year with these fun bee activities
If you want to add to the busy bee theme, then check out this end of year ela activities that includes an end of the year poem and a fun end of the year craft. The poem is about how busy students were during the year and how they learned to be quality students. Some of my students even created fun scenery for their bees.
Fun classroom activities for end of year that everyone can enjoy
Sometimes we just need a little extra fun to get us through those final days. Whether you’re a teacher who goes all out or a teacher who likes to keep it simple, these are a great option. Here are some fun classroom activities for end of year.
6. Choose a theme to give those last days a boost
Here are some themes I have used in my classroom: Pajama Day, Beach Day, Camping Day where we set up tents, Silly Socks Day, Silly Hat Day, Book Character Day where students dress as their favorite book character , Bubbles Day where we blow bubbles outside, and Game Day where students bring in their board games to play.
7. ABC’s of the last 26 days of school
If you still have 26 days left of school then it would be fun to have something special for each day that starts with the letter of the alphabet. For example, A could be action, so you could have some games outside that would be filled with action, and since that would be the last day of school, it would be perfect for those excited students. B could be looking at books, etc… Of course you would start with the letter Z and go backwards, so the last day of school would be the A. Students can have fun guessing whaat the activity is going to be based on the letter you are on.
8. Beach Ball Autographs
One of the things that I love to do on the last day of school is give my students a beach ball and let them get autographs from all their friends in the classroom. My students get so excited about this activity. You could let autographs be your A word if you are doing the ABC’s of the last 26 days of school.
9. Sidewalk Chalk Fun
I love to get my students’ creative juices flowing and a great way to do that is with sidewalk chalk. Encourage them to draw a favorite memory of their school year or say hello to a teacher or friend in their drawings. Draw about a dream vacation.
10. Shaving Cream Fun
A wonderful way to clean those sticky student desks is with shaving cream. Students love the feel of it as they draw in it and it cleans their desks. Win! win! It is also a good way to get my students to clean everything out of their desks, because they know that has to be done before they get the shave cream.
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Have an amazing last few days and enjoy your Summer!
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