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Keep Students Engaged Until the Last Minute


Thanks to its partnership with publisher Eye on Education, EducationWorld is pleased to present these ideas collected from great online sources.

The end of the school year is near, and we all know what that means—a classroom full of excited students! It can be difficult to manage a classroom of students eager to start their summer vacation. While some students will miss their teachers and friends, others cannot wait to soak up the sun and enjoy the warm weather.

How can you keep all of your students engaged until the very last day of class? Here is a list of creative ideas for you to try.

  • Have students write a letter to their future selves, detailing their current everyday lives, and encourage them to keep the letter for at least a year before opening it again. 
  • Have a "What I Want To Be" day, and encourage students to dress in clothing that represents their chosen job.
  • Create a scavenger hunt! For younger children, have them search the room for an object of a particular color, or a word on a book that begins with a particular letter. For older students, create a list of questions that can be answered by going through different books in your classroom, including encyclopedias.
  • "Advice from Grads" - Ask students to write a paragraph offering advice to incoming students for the next year. When the new school year starts, read their advice to your new students.
  • Have students create a vacation calendar. Give each student a calendar for the months they will be on vacation with simple activities to do each day such as "Find 20 words from the newspaper that begin with ____" or "Count the stars that are in the sky."
  • Create a math bingo! Math problems can be adjusted by grade level.
  • Play Silence! In this game, silence is the goal. Students must arrange themselves in a particular order without uttering a peep. For example, challenge students to silently sequence themselves according to height.

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