Tips to Wrap Up the School Year!
Recognize your students' accomplishments, reflect on your own growth, and set goals for next year.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
As the end of the school year approaches, many children and teachers are counting down to vacation. The activities and lesson plans in this collection will help you celebrate what you’ve all learned together and ease the anxiety of the transition to summer.
Students write letters to their new teachers and to the students replacing them. Plus, they preserve their favorite memories from the school year!
From campfires to special award ceremonies, teachers share their end-of-the-year traditions.
Read to see how project-based learning takes center stage at a multimedia tech celebration and to discover for tips on throwing an over-the-top kid party that will rival the Oscars.
Despite all the year-end chaos, it is important to take time to celebrate the educational and emotional journey you and your students will soon be completing.
Through reading, music, and discussion, kindergarteners review what they've learned during the school year. The lesson culminates with a ceremony program.
Farewell Gifts for Students
These fabulous student gifts are super cute, sentimental, and won’t break the bank!
Turn notebooks into gifts that will get students drawing and writing all summer long. Print free drawing and journaling challenges to inspire creativity.
Here are three ways to commemorate the school year with student gifts that will be treasured for years to come — and not bankrupt the teacher!
Tie-dyeing shirts with permanent markers is a take-home gift your students will love.
Activities for Young Students
Instantly implement Minute to Win It games for end-of-year fun that is simple, engaging, and free. These collaborative games have many benefits and are a perfect addition to your end-of-year festivities!
Keep students engaged with reading right up until the last day with Camp Read-a-Lot. Create quiet time for teacher activities and fun anticipation around reading before summer break.
How do you plan to end the school year with your class? I have a few ideas that can bring a little fun and excitement to your last few weeks before summer vacation begins.
Treasure hunts, art exhibits, and other fun ideas to help students focus on their studies, despite end-of-the-school-year distractions.
The countdown to the last day of school is on! Join me as I share a few of my end of the year activities that combine fun and learning.
Reflect upon the year's learnings by hanging up eggs with secret messages inside. Students crack them open and discuss the message.
Celebrate the achievements of your graduating class by making and awarding butterfly wings and other graduation goodies.
Activities for Older Students
This easy-to-use lesson for wrapping up the year with your students will leave every one in your class with something to remember from the school year!
Review what you've learned, or revisit favorite memories from the past year with these easy-to-use websites and apps.
What do you do with the many half days resulting from testing, picnics, and award ceremonies? Read on to view activities that keep students engaged in learning and celebrate their successes. Included are free student award certificates to print off and use in your classroom.
If you are running on fumes and in need of ideas for wrapping up your school year on a positive note, read on for ways to make the most of the remaining class time.
Presents an end-of-the-year exercise designed to ease students nerves about the coming school year. Students write letters to their new teachers and to the students who will replace them.
When it comes to assessments, there are generally two schools of thought. Some feel that tests are primarily for the purpose of assigning a comprehensive grade, while others see them more as ways to guide instruction.
In the true spirit of the Kagan teachings, playing Jeopardy maximizes student engagement — especially near the end of the year, when students are getting squirelly and you're running out of steam.
A comprehensive end-of the-year assessment should include all the individuals and groups who are involved, such as program administrators, education coordinators, teachers, parents, and children.
Over the course of the next month, my students and their parents will be coming into my classroom for one-on-one meetings for 15 minutes each to discuss the progress students have made this year, as well as expectations they will need to meet next year.
Summer Reading and Writing
Get kids excited about reading this summer with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and free teaching resources.
This year, instead of providing my incoming students with a summer reading list composed by teachers, I consulted the experts on motivating middle schoolers to read: my 6th grade students. Check out their list of books, sure to hook even the most reluctant readers.
We know that kids will be on the Internet this summer. Arm them with tips from the tech room to help them stay safe!
The summer is the perfect time to reenergize and make concrete plans for next year. Tips and suggestions to make this your most productive summer yet!
Keep your students' skills sharp over the summer months with these five ideas that will encourage them to write all vacation long.
Transitions and Saying Goodbye
Use your group-time meeting to teach students how to reflect on the past year and look ahead to exciting new experiences.
Planning and organization strategies to help ease end-of-the-year transitions for teachers, children, and parents
Allowing students to lead a discussion about the upcoming transition from one school year to the next can help allay their fears. Here are six tips for productive discussions.
Professional Development and Reflecting on the Year
The countdown to the end of the school year has begun, and this is when things usually start to get crazy! Take care of yourself, stay organized, and plan ahead to avoid end-of-the-year chaos.
With the end of the year closing in, it is tempting to become discouraged by all of the things that you thought you could have done differently or better. Create a year-end assessment that can serve as the basis for making important changes in the fall.
As hectic as these last few weeks are, I have students reflect on the year. Then I collaborate with colleagues, comparing notes, celebrating our successes, and discussing areas to target.
Are you signed up to teach summer school? Perhaps you’re going to do something really meaningful and volunteer. Or maybe you’re looking to learn a new language and explore a foreign country? I've got a few ideas that include many of these possibilities!
This teacher-created book list of professional resources is perfect for the end of the school year — the best time to prepare for the next year!
Ask your students what they have liked so far about kindergarten and make a list of things they want to do more of before the end of the school year.
Closing the Classroom
I turned to my colleagues for their best packing-up-the-classroom tips. Watch this video for their expert ideas.
Changing grades, classrooms, or schools can be stressful. Use these tips to get organized and still enjoy summer!
Get useful checklists to prepare for summer vacation and set up for success in the fall.
Now that it's time to take down decorations and roll up rugs, try these ideas to help make packing up a little easier.
At the end of the school year, set yourself up for an easy start to the next one.