The one with End of Year Tips & Activities {Blog Hop & Giveaway}

Can you believe it? The end of the year is soooooooooo soon. We came back from spring break (which was earlier than usual this year) and I was shocked to find there were less than 50 teaching days left. How am I going to fit it all in? What can I do to close out the year for my kiddos?

I bet I'm not the only one having these thoughts...read to see three of my favorite end of year ideas, then hop on to the next blog to find more! (P.S. There's a gift card giveaway too so you can get some more supplies for the end of the year at Teachers Pay Teachers and Target! Giveaway runs from 4/24/16-4/26/16.)

Let's super power through the end of the year together! :)




1. Go outside! Learning outside can be fun and motivating. Measure playground equipment for math, observe clouds for weather in science, draw something in nature, take a book outside and read, use clipboards to take worksheets outside, or even take a little extra recess time. Nice weather always motivates me to think creatively and get my students outside!



2. End of Year Report Card: You grade all year long, let them grade you! Students can give you feedback about their favorite classes and what they like, or didn't like, this year. It's always fun to read their ideas and see what classes were their favorites. We make a bar graph (sometimes a large one on the wall using post-its) and talk abut why they picked certain grades. It's so interesting to find out what projects they loved and what units they really disliked. Click here for this freebie.



3. Write a Letter: Have students write a letter full of advice for the upcoming class. They can give them all of their tips for surviving fourth grade (or second, or third, or fifth, etc.). They are funny to share as a group, and they get to practice their letter writing and proofreading skills! Another letter option is to have students write a letter to THEMSELVES about what they think will happen in the next grade. They can write goals they'll accomplish, what they think the teachers will be like, and whether they'll like the next grade as much as they loved their current grade (because of course they loved having you!). Either they address the letter to themselves and I mail it at the end of the following school year, or I can hand deliver them if they're still at my school. I used to do this when I was in high school for a class and I loved reading what I wrote each year, so I adopted this as an idea for my students now. 



One more- because I couldn't resist-
4. Argument about Books: I love to read all kinds of books, but I know my students don't. I have them evaluate ALL of the stories we read throughout the year and pick one that I HAVE to teach my next group of fourth graders and one that I should NEVER teach again. Of course, they have to tell me why! We end up having great debates about the stories, plus it has helped me to learn what stories that I should try to replace, because I know if my students aren't interested, they won't be engaged learners. 

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6 comments

  1. I love your ideas! It is so nice to be able to take them outside to learn. This is one of my favorite things to do at the end of the year as well!

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  2. I love the book debate idea! Looking forward to trying it with my 5th graders. :)

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  3. My son's teacher had him write a letter to himself in the second grade. He got it the year he graduated high school. She included a picture of him from the second grade. It was soooo neat!!

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  4. Love the idea to argument about books!! And I always love having the kids leave advice for next year too!

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  5. Great hop! Thanks for organizing!!! Many blessings!

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  6. I really enjoyed your post. I think teachers can grow tremendously when they take the time to have their students evaluate them. I also like the idea of the book debates because sometimes we as teachers read the same books over and over without switching it up from time to time. Thanks for a fun and informative blog hop.

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