It is not always possible to use the paper-based end of the year activities due to different circumstances i.e. Covid-19 in 2020.
Below is a list of engaging digital end of the year activities.
Formal Digital Lessons
If you are required to teach until the second last day of school (it is not acceptable where I teach to just show movies the last week of school – all activities must be educational) try these super high-interest activities.
Article of the Week Non-Fiction High-Interest Articles Bundle #1 | PDF and Digital Formats: This resource contains 10 high-interest non-fiction articles and reading activities to assist with reading comprehension, standardized test prep (EQAO) and cross-curricular learning. Included Article Topics: Regifting, Benefits of Reading, Benefits of Exercise, Dangers of Caffeine and Energy Drinks, The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster, School Uniforms, Electric Cars, Self-Driving Cars, The D.B. Cooper Mystery. You could give students a choice in which articles they read and turn the writing responses into informal debate topics.
Media Literacy & Consumer Awareness | PDF & Digital Formats: Help your students develop a deeper understanding of consumer awareness and media literacy with this engaging 10 lesson bundle. Topics Include: Checkout Charities, Clothing Waste, Gender Price Differences, Outlet vs. Retail, Bottled Water, Misleading Food Labels, Breakfast Sandwiches, Makeup Testers, Healthy or Junk Food?, Fast Food Chicken.
Other Engaging Digital End of the Year Activities
- Create a Bitmoji class photo. Ask parents to help their child create their own Bitmoji and email it to you. If you do not want to create a Bitmoji you can have students create an avatar in any program that they are familiar with. Get more Bitmoji ideas here.
- Digital Class Party. Host a class party on Zoom, Google Meets or Google Hang Outs. Have a theme and ask kids to dress in that theme. Ensure your theme is very simple to include everyone i.e. school colours.
- Create a graduation slideshow video for students who are leaving/graduating.
- Create a digital memory book. More information below.
- Don’t forget to have students complete traditional end of the year activities like you would do in the classroom – letters to future teachers and students, creative writing, memoirs etc. We want students to feel some sense of a normal school environment. See the suggestions below.
Create a digital memory book. Assign pages in Google Classroom as an assignment and have students create a page just for themselves. You can download the Google Slides that students create and make a PDF booklet for students and parents. Have your students capture their favourite school memories with these Google Slides™️ compatible Memory Book templates. This highly engaging activity is a great addition to any end of the year activities for any grade level.
End of the Year Activities: This resource contains 6 different activities you can do with your students during the last few weeks of school. Students will work on a Letter Writing Activity, School Year Reflections Memory Book, Read It Book Recommendations, Six-Word Memoirs, Thank You Cards and a Summer Creative Writing Assignment.