To help all of us "Calm the Chaos" that might become of our classrooms over the next two months, here are my best tips for the end of the year.
End of the Year Ideas for Primary Grades:
-read a book that ties into a movie, then watch the movie and compare
-have an ice cream sundae, Popsicle, Freeze party (if your school allows)
-outdoor read alouds (these were my favourite as a child)
-act out scenes from read alouds
-create a class signature page for each child where everyone writes something nice about that child
-have each student or in pairs/triads create a top ten list of things they loved about this year then compile the most popular ideas on to class anchor chart paper for display
-write a letter to a new friend about why they are glad they met them
-write a whole class letter to a future class and seal it in a time capsule with objects that represent the year - open it in September with your new class
End of the Year Ideas for Upper Grades:
-Have students self assess their learning skills
-Students can give the teacher a "report card" more information here
-Incorporate lots of hands on activities in Science, Math, Language Arts check out these websites: Forensics Who Dunnit?
-Use less paper and more time on individual white boards
-Do more collaborative writing try out these two collaborative writing tasks: