As the end of the school year approaches, it’s time to celebrate all the hard work and accomplishments it brought. What better way to bid farewell to a memorable academic year than with some memorable activities? Let’s check out a few activity options for a little end-of-the-year fun!
1. Design a Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are not only fun for students of all ages, but they also help students with social skills. Create a list of items or clues that students need to find or solve to progress through the game. Incorporate elements of the school environment to add familiarity and excitement. Here you will find a variety of interesting scavenger hunt events that will engage all students. If you would like to go digital with your scavenger hunt, then incorporate Flip to create a Fliphunt. At the end of the scavenger hunt, you could provide small prizes or certificates to all students.
2. Take a Virtual Field Trip
Celebrate the end of the year by taking your students to a fun destination virtually. Virtual field trips are sure to keep your students engaged as the school year comes to an end. There are so many places your students can visit. Here are 25 field trips and 10 activities to do while you’re on one. You could even have your students learn more about their home state, for example, Texas.
3. Construct a Digital Breakout
Digital Breakouts are the perfect way to end the school year. Digital breakouts are like escape room games. However, instead of setting up physical puzzles, you use technology to set up the breakout. For example, you can create a web page on a Google Site. The page contains images, text, and hidden hyperlinks that students can use to solve digital puzzles. A Google Form is used to create the digital lock. Then, students run through the scenarios to solve the puzzle. More tips for creating digital breakouts can be found here.
4. Create a Memory Book
Encourage students to reflect on their school year by creating a memory book about all the things they did throughout the year. Brainstorm and discuss the memories from the year with your students. Then ask your students to share their favorite memory. They can record their favorite memories from the year in order to create the book. The book can be printed or consider creating a digital book. You can use a tool like Book Creator.
5. Finish the Year with Gratitude
As we come to the end of this school year, take a few moments to say thank you. You could do this by sending gratitude grams to your students, parents, or colleagues. This template created by Dawn Killiany is an example of what she sends to her students. You can also have your students build gratitude towers so they can express what they are thankful for.
As the school year ends, it’s important to unwind, have fun, and reflect on the year. These end-of-the-year activities offer a perfect blend of excitement and creativity. Whether it’s a scavenger hunt, digital breakout, or a virtual field trip, each activity will leave a lasting impression and ensure that you and your students bid farewell to the year with fond memories. So, make this end-of-the-year a truly unforgettable one!