You're tired, and you're eager to get through the last few days, but you feel guilty about showing videos or letting the kids play games. Education World offers five more end-of-year activities that will engage students, and maybe even include some new learning.
So guilt has gotten the best of you. Or the principal or district administration has dictated that learning must go on to the very last day of school. Either way, you're looking for the perfect idea for an end-of-year lesson that will assuage your guilt and meet the boss's expectations
For starters, how about copying this poem on chart paper? Or write it on a bulletin board for all to see.
I'm Glad I Was Your Teacher
I'm glad I was your teacher,
I've come to like you so.
I can't believe the end is here.
I hate to see you go.
Remember all the fun we had
In all the things we did.
But most of all remember...
You're a very special kid!
Why not turn the poem into a handwriting lesson? Have students copy the poem in their very best handwriting. Let them know that if they do that, you'll add a very special end-of-year note to their papers. Then do as you promised and write those special notes.
Five Lessons for End-of-Year Fun & Learning
This week, Education World provides five lessons for end-of-year learning and fun. Click on each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)
Team Problem-Solving Fun
Students work cooperatively to solve a variety of puzzling activities. (Grades 3-12)
Create a Book on Tape
Record favorite books on tape for young students, visually impaired seniors (Grades 3-12)
Teacher Report Card
Students create a "teacher report card." Then they grade the teacher. (Grades 3-12)
"Cleaning house" in your classroom? Do some math too -- hold a classroom auction! (Grades 3-12)
Teams of students present dramatizations, information about a decade of the 20th Century. (Grades 3-12)
Article by Gary Hopkins
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