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May 21, 2018

Wrapping Up the School Year With Scholastic Teachables

By Kriscia Cabral
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    “Come on teachers we can do it, with Scholastic Teachables there’s nothing to it!”

    As we near the finishing line (and some states are nearer than others!) we could all use a little cheering on! And really, truly, when I’m in need of a quick, easily accessible tool to help me finish with as much enthusiasm that I began with — I reach for a Scholastic Teachable.

    Here’s how I used the Wrapping Up the School Year: June Ideas and Activities resource from the Scholastic Teachables site to help me finish up this year and get a head start on prepping for next year.

    The "Wrapping Up the School Year" teachable unit provides activities that are meaningful and easy to prepare for instant classroom use all while helping your students create a physical piece of evidence that this school year really did happen. All the activities that follow can be found in Wrapping Up the School Year: June Ideas and Activities.

    I started with the memory book. I had students glue their books down on construction paper, then fill out each page and add color to the background. Students were invited to add images if they’d like. Each memory book is now stapled and ready to be sent home after the signature page is signed by friends on the last day. This was a very easy setup with happy results. All I had to do was click on the unit and print the pages. My students were able to glue them down in their book. The end result, a cute way to look back at memories from the school year.

    Because things were going so well, I got the writing activities out and used them to engage my students in purposeful writing. When it came to offering useful information to the 2018-19 class, my current students were on a mission!

    My students were directed to write a letter to my future students. In the letter, students are prompted to talk about their favorite activity, favorite book, rules they should follow, favorite recess activity, and important things to remember.  Scholastic Teachables has an extension activity I really like. They recommend that you have students use the back of the page to get more specific and talk about field trips, things the teacher likes, etc. These prompts helped make each student's letter a bit more personal because they all had different things to say.

    Once the letters were written, I had my students fold them and place them in envelopes. Before the first day of school next year I will take them out and leave one on each desk for my newbies! Fun for my current kids and an adventure for my new ones!

    The last two things I had my students complete were more opportunities for writing. Scholastic Teachables has a template for students to write a letter to the teacher. I thought it would be interesting to see what students had to say about their school year, so we did this one as a whole class.

    We ended our wrapping up of the school year with a summer wish. This was a place for students to write about what they hope, wish, or plan to do for the summer. I had my students fold these wishes and put them in an envelope as well. I plan to send them to their homes over the summer with an update on my hopes, wishes, and plans to see if either of us has done any of them. I thought it’d be a fun way to keep in touch after the school year ends.

    Scholastic Teachables made this whole unit, quick, easy to access, and easy to deliver. My students had a great time reflecting on their year and planning for the summer. I enjoyed reading their letters and watching them get excited about all the learning and fun they had this school year. If you’re looking for quick, convenient and ready-to-go materials, Scholastic Teachables is the place to start!

    Thank you for reading.

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

     

    “Come on teachers we can do it, with Scholastic Teachables there’s nothing to it!”

    As we near the finishing line (and some states are nearer than others!) we could all use a little cheering on! And really, truly, when I’m in need of a quick, easily accessible tool to help me finish with as much enthusiasm that I began with — I reach for a Scholastic Teachable.

    Here’s how I used the Wrapping Up the School Year: June Ideas and Activities resource from the Scholastic Teachables site to help me finish up this year and get a head start on prepping for next year.

    The "Wrapping Up the School Year" teachable unit provides activities that are meaningful and easy to prepare for instant classroom use all while helping your students create a physical piece of evidence that this school year really did happen. All the activities that follow can be found in Wrapping Up the School Year: June Ideas and Activities.

    I started with the memory book. I had students glue their books down on construction paper, then fill out each page and add color to the background. Students were invited to add images if they’d like. Each memory book is now stapled and ready to be sent home after the signature page is signed by friends on the last day. This was a very easy setup with happy results. All I had to do was click on the unit and print the pages. My students were able to glue them down in their book. The end result, a cute way to look back at memories from the school year.

    Because things were going so well, I got the writing activities out and used them to engage my students in purposeful writing. When it came to offering useful information to the 2018-19 class, my current students were on a mission!

    My students were directed to write a letter to my future students. In the letter, students are prompted to talk about their favorite activity, favorite book, rules they should follow, favorite recess activity, and important things to remember.  Scholastic Teachables has an extension activity I really like. They recommend that you have students use the back of the page to get more specific and talk about field trips, things the teacher likes, etc. These prompts helped make each student's letter a bit more personal because they all had different things to say.

    Once the letters were written, I had my students fold them and place them in envelopes. Before the first day of school next year I will take them out and leave one on each desk for my newbies! Fun for my current kids and an adventure for my new ones!

    The last two things I had my students complete were more opportunities for writing. Scholastic Teachables has a template for students to write a letter to the teacher. I thought it would be interesting to see what students had to say about their school year, so we did this one as a whole class.

    We ended our wrapping up of the school year with a summer wish. This was a place for students to write about what they hope, wish, or plan to do for the summer. I had my students fold these wishes and put them in an envelope as well. I plan to send them to their homes over the summer with an update on my hopes, wishes, and plans to see if either of us has done any of them. I thought it’d be a fun way to keep in touch after the school year ends.

    Scholastic Teachables made this whole unit, quick, easy to access, and easy to deliver. My students had a great time reflecting on their year and planning for the summer. I enjoyed reading their letters and watching them get excited about all the learning and fun they had this school year. If you’re looking for quick, convenient and ready-to-go materials, Scholastic Teachables is the place to start!

    Thank you for reading.

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

     

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