June is here, and that means the end of the school year is upon us! But that doesn’t mean school is out just yet. Getting your students to focus when they are so close to the finish line is tough, so we suggest padding your regular schedule with fun and engaging activities.
Check out this list we compiled with great ideas from all over the web to get your students on task in the final days of school:
- Jennifer W. tells Scholastic her school has started a Move-Up Day: “We have ‘move-up day,’ where students meet their teachers for next year, and get homemade bookmarks from the kids in that class. My students also write letters to the class to come, saying what they loved about fourth grade and telling them what to expect.”
- TeachHub suggests letting your students teach the class: “Split the class into groups and assign each a specific topic you studied this year. Give them time to go over their topic and invent a good review activity, which they have to grade. You assess them on whether they get their facts straight and how effective their review activity is.”
- EducationWorld notes that there’s still time for some outdoor experimenting, like an Egg Drop: “Many schools save the last days of school for their annual “egg drop” activity. Each student works within guidelines to fashion a container for an egg so that the egg won’t break when the student drops it from an established height — the school’s third-floor window, for example.”
- The Teaching Channel featured high school ELA teacher Esther Wu’s Graph of Highs and Lows: “[I ask] students to draw a graph of their year’s highs and lows on 8.5 x 11 paper with emoticons, symbols, lessons learned, songs of the month, etc. Students use the month of the year as the x-axis, and their emotions, what they learned, etc., as the y-axis.”
Check out these ideas and more by following the links! Like what you’ve found? Don’t forget to save these sites to a webmix so that you have them for ready for next year as well.