It may be hard to believe, but the end of another school year is approaching. There’s no doubt it’s been a difficult year. None of that changes the fact that ending the school year on a positive note is important. In this post, we’ve collected activities that can help you close out the year with a smile.
Wrapping Up the End of the Year
Consider fun ways to reflect and relax at the end of this semester. Check out these ideas from Waterford.org that include playlists, small gifts, time capsules, discussions, and other ways to bond after a long, likely distanced, semester.
Check out these end-of-the-year ABC Countdown Activities in Google Slides. Not only are they fun and integrate technology, but they are also cute! (Don’t forget to go to File — Make a Copy — Entire Presentation to add a copy of this great set to your Google Drive.)
Ashley Marquez of Teach Create Motivate shares seven ideas for digital activities, including digital “memory books,” selfie photos with notes, and more to help you create some year-end fun and bonding with your students.
Take a minute to take a virtual field trip where students guess the locations using high-quality videos. You can select the country where the field trip will take place, as well as the difficulty level. The site also has a multi-player mode which means everyone in the class can play at the same time. How good are their deduction skills?
Lisa Highfill has curated a variety of end-of-the-year activities into this Wakelet. There are resources available here for every grade level.
Giving students a sense of accomplishment at the end of the year is important. Common Sense has collected ways to celebrate the end of the year. Check out their ideas and resources.
Minds in Bloom shares several ideas to release some tension and have fun at the end of the year.
If you’re a fan of virtual field trips, don’t forget to check out our ideas for engaging digital trips at the links below.
- Texas Virtual Field Trips
- Virtual Field Trips Around the World
- Even More Virtual Field Trips
- Virtual Field Trips for Presidents Day
Writing is a great tool for reflection, and the end of a school year is an ideal time to reflect on goals, changes, and ideas for how students can embrace the summer and the year ahead. Try out some activities from Just Add Students, which includes scavenger hunts, outdoor activities, and of course, thoughtful writing activities.
With time short, and plenty of things left to do to end the year, keeping things easy is likely a priority for you. Teaching Made Practical has nine low-prep activities to help you bring some fun into the last weeks of school, targeting at students in upper elementary grades.
How will you send off your students this year? Share your ideas and activities in the comments!