Finally! The end of the year is approaching (for many teachers), the testing is done, and it’s time for a little fun. In the last few days of school, class activities can finally focus more on the enjoyment of learning and less on reaching standards. Here are some suggestions for activities that kids enjoy in the last few days of school.
End of Year Booklet
Many teachers have their own favorite booklet that they have their kids complete as an end-of-year memento. Mine includes a page about friends and classmates, a page about teachers and classes, a page about favorite activities, a page where students predict their final grades, and a page of “bests” and “worsts.”
Kids love puzzles. If you just can’t spare the time for puzzles during the rest of the year, now is your chance! I like puzzle pages with riddles, words to unscramble, analogies, and other kinds of word puzzles.
Last-Days-of School Journal Prompts
End of year memories, something learned, summer plans and wishes, or just summer itself – all of these basic themes can be expanded into a number of specific writing prompts.
I Have . . . Who Has . . ? Game
These games are fun all year long. I like them to review the “facts” after reading a novel and to review information such as story elements or vocabulary, but my favorite at this time of year is just about all things summer – the beach, camping, bugs, popsicles, vacation, summer reads, etc.
This is a perennial favorite, and there are lots of ways to do this one too. For one simple autograph activity, students complete a sheet of “Exit Interview” questions by talking to classmates, recording their answers, and collecting their signatures.
Here you can see an example of the booklet:
These are just a few ideas for activities that you can print out and have ready to use in the final days. If you have more ideas, I would love to hear about them in the comment section below. And, if you are interested in all of these activities in a ready-to-use format, click on the image below to check out my End of Year Packet:
More Games and Puzzles
Sometimes, especially as the end of the year approached, you just need a spur-of-the-moment fun activity. Having a few ideas in the back of your mind that don’t require any special materials at all can be a lifesaver at these times. It’s for times like these that I pull out old favorites: trashcan basketball, “hangman” games on the board, and riddles that can be found quickly online. And there’s always the old favorite of taking any set of questions and turning them into a two-team competition. There all in there -in that ole’ teachers’ bag of tricks.