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Calming the Chaos: End of Year Survival Tips for Teachers

Make your end of the year activities exciting. Teachers - try these low prep and engaging lesson ideas in your classroom from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

This week, I began to notice the “end of school year” behaviours starting to emerge in my classroom. IT IS ONLY MAY!!! – I wanted to shout, but I didn’t. Instead, I focused my energy on long-term unit planning to keep my 8th graders on track for two more months. Ontario public schools finish the last week of June. 

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 Survival Ideas 

  • Read a book that ties into a movie, then watch the movie and compare using the Book Versus Movie Comparison Analysis Project. Find this resource on Shopify CAD and Teachers Pay Teachers USD.
  • Have an ice cream sundae, Popsicle, or Freeze party (if your school allows)
  • Outdoor read-aloud (these were my favourite as a child)
  • Take lessons outside – Science, Geography, Math -find ways to bring these curriculum concepts to life in the real world outside the classroom
  • Take your class on a modern-day treasure hunt using the Geocaching website
  • Act out scenes from your class read-aloud
  • Create a class signature page for each child where everyone writes something nice about that student
  • 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 thank-you notes to school staff who have inspired or helped them that year
  • 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
  • Have students self-assess their learning skills
  • Students can give the teacher a “report card” – find more information here
  • Incorporate lots of hands-on activities in Science, Math, and Language Arts check out this websites: Forensics Who Dunnit? 
  • Use less paper and more time on individual whiteboards
  • Try this website – Forensics – Science Classroom Teacher Resources.
  • Try collaborative writing try out collaborative writing tasks using Interactive Writing Prompts. Find this resource on Shopify CAD and Teachers Pay Teachers USD.

Ready-To-Go End of the Year Lessons

  1. End of the Year Mega Bundle
  2. End of the Year Digital Escape Room
  3. Engaging Middle School End of the Year Lessons

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  1. Thank you so much for your ideas in this post! I really love your "teacher report card" idea and I will be using that soon. I am a first year middle school teacher and I had never experienced the end of year change in attitudes until now! I just wrote a post about some of the crazy behaviors that have sprung up in my class recently so it's nice to hear I'm not the only one. Thanks again for this great post!

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