31 Ways to End the School Year Right!
The days are winding down (thank goodness!) to the end of the school year.
Whether you're out before Memorial Day, or hang on till the end of June, there is still plenty of things to think about before you turn in your room key and kick off your summer vacay.
So let's talk about that.
I've done a little digging and I'm gonna give you a run down of activities, organizational tips, and summer prep stuff that you may want to consider in these last few weeks of school.
In this post you'll find links to 31 end-of-year resources, organized by category so that you can find exactly what you are looking for quickly!
End of Year Activities and Projects
Memorial Day (Mini Unit): Games and activities to celebrate and teach about Memorial Day
End of the Year Lapbook Memory Book (available for grades k-6): Use a file folder and a few printed out pages for students to create a project of memories from the school year.
20 End of the Year Activities: a list of 20 things to do at the end of the year
End of the Year BINGO: Free printable!
End of Year Display: "Our Future's So Bright, We've Got to Wear Shades": Great door display for the last month of school as students look forward to going up a grade!
Outside Learning Activities: When the weather gets warm, there's no reason why you can't take the learning outside to keep students engaged and motivated!
SMARTBoard KOOSH Ball Activity - This SMARTBoard game asks students to reflect on the school year and upcoming summer. Great whole-class game.
End of Year Advice Book - A FREE student created book for your current students to give next year's class.
End of Year Time Capsule: A fun way to remember the year!
Flip Flop Reflections: FREE printable game for students to share memories with each other
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End of Year Classroom Celebrations
10 More Days Count Down: For the last 10 days of school, there is one small, fun reward for your class. FREE printable!
Reasons to Celebrate: Very similar idea to the one listed about - also FREE!
Balloon Pop: Another countdown celebration - this time with Balloon - FREE printable!
End of the Year Awards: Roll out the red carpet (no really!) for this fun way to celebrate your students at the end of the year! And then download these
FREE candy awards to give your students
End of Year Organization Tips
5 Things to Prep Before Summer Break to Plan for Next Year : You'll thank yourself at the beginning of the school year when you have these 5 things done and out of the way.
3 Boxes Teachers Need to Pack Before Summer Vacation: A great post on things to prep before summer to save your sanity in the fall.
8 Mistakes Teachers Make at the End of the School Year: This post has a list of several things teachers tend to do (or not do!) that make for a rough landing at the end of the school year.
5 Things to Do Over the Summer to Make Back to School Easier: Another great post with tips for ending the year right to help with the new school year ahead.
End of Year Student Gifts
Gift Bag Ideas: Cheap or even FREE gift bag ideas such as Have a "Kool" Summer bag topper with Kool-Aid mix and a funky straw inside the baggie, or It's O-FISH-ally Summer bag topper with Fish gummies inside the bag.
Frisbee Gift: Free printable with the words "This year flew by!" on it to attach to a Frisbee for each student.
Co-teacher and Parent Gifts - these gifts aren't for students, but work great for any co-teacher, teacher aide, or parent that you would like to give a gift to.
12 Cute and Easy Printable Tags for Different Gifts - FREE tags such as "You're a Smart Cookie!" to tape onto bags of cookies.
Take-Home Math Games: 10 games for students to play with family and friends to keep their math skills sharp
Summer Learning Resources for Your Students
Summer Learning Pack: Includes a writing journal, science and social studies activities, library scavenger hunt, reading activities, and more for students to do over the summer.
Activity-a-Day Summer Calendar- You can print out a calendar specific to your grade level to give your students an activity to do each day for the summer. You do have to sign up, but it's totally free!
Summer Reading Challenge: Read in 100 Places: Free printable checklist for students to check off as they read in different places.