Category Archives : End of the Year


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Advice Letter – End of the Year Feedback Activity”

by OCBeachTeacher

6th – 11th Grade

Use this free lesson to get useful feedback from your students! Have them write friendly letters giving the next year’s students advice on your class in the style of “Dear Abby.” 

With Inspired Writing, students use mentor texts as models for their own writing. This lesson provides students with inspiration from their reading of advice letters by “Dear Abby.” 

Best of all, this end of the year activity lets students share their thoughts on your class in a constructive, positive way. Use the accompanying prompt to guide students’ responses. This FREE product includes the following: explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core Standards, online links to “Dear Abby” columns and biographical information, prompt, stationary, student model, and a sample key. This has been newly updated for the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

If interested, here are other Inspired Writing Lessons:

Aphorisms
Dialogue Poems Inspired Writing!
Shape Poems Inspired Writing!
Memorial Design & Speech Writing
I’ve Been to the Promised Land

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “End of Year Games and Reflection Activities”

by Carla McLeod

5th – 12th Grade

END OF THE YEAR ACTIVITIES FREEBIE!!!!

Ugh. What to do with those last few days of school when the material is covered, the tests are graded, and your students are jumping off the walls? This packet will help you end the year on the high note by providing fun, thought-provoking activities for your students to reflect upon their year, what they have learned in your class, and how they have grown as students and individuals. These have been created for high school language arts students, but can easily be used for students of all ages in a variety of subjects. Activities include teacher appreciation/apology letters, student-generated summer reading lists, personal theme song activities, end-of-year celebration ideas and more. 

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “End of Year Countdown Cards FREEBIE”

by The Teaching Texan

Pre-Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Increase engagement at the end of the year with these fun countdown cards! Each card has a “surprise” for that day that will get your students excited to come to school, even up to the last day! Place them in envelopes, balloons, or just show one each day as a countdown to the last day of school!

Many of the activities do not require you to buy any supplies. FREE is always a good price!

This set includes 14 different activities and blank cards to create your own countdown days! This updated set is ink friendly and designed to be printed on fun-colored paper.

The 14 activities included are:

Bubble Gum Day
Shaving Cream Day
Extra Recess Day
Ink Pens Day
Movie & Popcorn Day
Sidewalk Chalk Day
Stinky Feet Day
We are so BRIGHT we have to wear shades
Marker Day
Bubble Day
Kickball Day
Dance Party
Lunch in the Classroom

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Popcorn and Movie Day! Theme Days for End of School!”

by Kindergarten Squared

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Our end of the year GIFT to you! Please leave us feedback, and let us know what you think of the pack! We hope you have a super summer! 

A great end of the year pack to help your kids have a fantastic time with popcorn and a movie day while also working on previously taught math, science, and writing standards. All you need is students or teachers to bring in 4 varieties of popcorn!

Be sure and check out our other END of SCHOOL Theme Days Packs!

Ice Cream Sundae FUN-Days!
Game Day FUN-Days!
Bubble Day FUN-Days!
Beach Day FUN-Days!This pack includes:
5 Senses Popcorn 
Data Collection
Word Building
Narrative Writing
Poetry
“My Favorite Part” Art
Popcorn Subtraction
Popcorn Decoding Game

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May Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s May and June is just around the bend. You’re probably counting the days till summer vacation. Be sure to stop by and see what these teachers are doing in their classrooms and gather some great tips and ideas. This is the last link-up for this school year. We’ll see you in August.

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 Rejoice, The Last Day of School has Arrived

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

When that last day comes around, we’re elated, and yes, a little wistful, and the kids feel the same way….buuuut they’re also quite excited and hyper, it’s the end of the year after all. We know we have to come up with some groovy ideas to give them a great send off, all while maintaining our sanity. This post has just what the doctor ordered to help make this final day memorable for everyone, including you.

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Slide into Summer

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning 

Create a Super Summer Kit to ease your students into summer and get them ready for the next school year!

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 Mining for Gold Gets Even Better

 By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools


Gold fever! It’s what drew thousands of men to California in 1849 and it still sparks student excitement and dreams of wealth today! Challenge your students to improve

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 Wrapping Up the School Year

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom


How do you wrap up your school year? I know it’s easy to coast to the end but I see it as a time to go out strong! Leave your kids with amazing memories and fun stuff. Since testing is over, it’s a good time to branch out and do some really fun activities.

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 America the Beautiful

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

For your patriotic enjoyment, watch this one minute slideshow.

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 Activities for the End of the Year

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess 

 Here are 2 HOTS Activity for the End of the Year.

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  The “Lure” of Fish – The Benefits of Keeping an Aquarium in Your Classroom

By Vicky Rauch of Scipi Products 

 When I taught third grade in an inner city school, I knew the children needed something to love, but being a city girl, my love of animals was deficient. That is when my husband helped me to set up an aquarium. I purchased a water heater, a bubblier, chemicals, plants, fish food, and of course the fish! Little did I know what effect this would have on my students.

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 Review Activities

By Erik Arndt of Insights to English

Here are some activities that you can use with your class to review vocabulary and grammar. There are quite a few to choose from, and each is customizable; use whatever is best for your class!

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 7 Tips to Help Students Edit Their Essays

By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

With technology today, it’s hard not to edit during the revision phase. But it’s important to keep the creativity flowing during the revision phase and wait to makes edits during the editing phase. Read more for some useful tips to help your students stay focused during the editing phase.

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 Preparing for Book Clubs: Tips for Success

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

If you are considering using book clubs in your classroom, I’ve shared essential tips to help your book clubs be a success. You don’t want to miss these pointers for engaging all students and for reducing teacher workload.

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 Citizen Scientists ready For Summer

By Margo Gentile of Margo Gentile 

 Summer is the perfect time for kids to be outside and appreciate their natural surroundings. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could learn about nature and science as “casual learners? They can! I’d like to share some terrific citizen scientist programs that kids could participate in without even leaving their back yard.

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Cyberbully Movie Graphic Organizer, Sub Plan, Any Subject, End of Year”

by Julie Faulkner

7th – 12th Grade

Cyberbully Movie Graphic Organizer, Sub Plan, End of Year, Bullying Month

This movie viewing pack is hinged with a graphic organizer that highlights 6 CCSS skills to cover during the viewing of the movie, ABC Family’s Cyberbully. It covers plot, cause/effect, setting, characterization, and character motivation. The questions range up the Bloom’s levels. To supplement this set of questions and to dig more deeply with your film experience, a paired info text lesson and a writing prompt is also included are also provided. Plus you’ll get a bright, positive classroom poster as a bonus!

Several links to the full movie are provided for FREE, and the DVD can be purchased online as well!

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Classroom success stories from teachers who have tried this resource:
♥ “Great activity; I paired it with your argumentative cyberbullying writing prompt. Both are excellent.”
♥ “This was perfect for my middle schoolers! The movie was very engaging, and the organizer helped them process and keep track of everything that was happening.”
♥ “This is a great follow up to the video Cyberbully. Definitely for my higher level students, I teach junior high. Great for a sub plan!”
♥ “The movie kept my 8th graders attention the entire time…this was a perfect resource to hold them accountable for what they saw.”
♥ “I show this video every semester to my computer students, and I must say, this graphic organizer is much more interesting than the question handout I have been using. Thank You.”

If you are considering expanding your conversation of cyberbullying, or if you teach English and are looking for an interesting writing prompt, take a look at my cyberbullying argumentative writing prompt pack. Click Here

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The Giver
Ransom of Red Chief
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Speak
The Hunger Games
Frankenstein
Beowulf

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Episode 38 Excedrin-Free End-of-the-Year Organization: Get Out Your Packing Tape!

The end is in sight, and you have to think about packing up your classroom for the summer. Whether you’re required to pack up your entire room for the summer, or tuck your teaching goodies away in cabinets and closets, this episode is for you. It doesn’t have to be a headache. Listen in as we discuss ways we keep ourselves organized… or not (SOME of us are a little unorganized, but we get an A+ for effort). We laugh a little, and bitch a little, but you’ll come away with a new idea or two!

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We Teach So Hard…Episode 36… So You’re Teaching Summer School?

You’re tired…bone tired, but someone has got to pay the bills, so you’re teaching summer school this year! It doesn’t have to be doom, gloom and drudgery. Summer school can be a fantastic time to try out new teaching ideas, themes, projects and lessons. It doesn’t have to be worksheet-driven. For your sanity, and your kiddos’ survival, give this episode a listen. We’ve got great ideas for you, because you TEACH SO HARD!

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Reading Games: Vowel Bingo

Great class activity for the last days of the school year! Students have fun while reviewing short or long vowels. Each set includes 24 classroom-tested cards and simple instructions for easy use by busy teachers. Enjoyable and effective practice! Several other Bingo games are also available individually in the Reading Spotlight Store.  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bargain-Bingo-Bundle-Vowel-Families-Learn-to-Read-2108465


Main Idea Game

Are you looking for some crazzzzzy fun for the whole class at the end of the school year—something that is simple, effective, and easy to use? This category game is an enjoyable and helpful way to get students thinking in broad terms about main idea and supporting details. It helps to ingrain the metacognitive structure of an important reading strategy, and it is also useful in improving verbal communication skills. 112 categories and complete instructions for easy classroom use are included. Enjoy the learning and the smiles!

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Word Search Puzzles


Fun! Motivating! Effective! Easy to Use!


Perfect end of school year activity for busy teachers!

Reading Spotlight’s Word Search Bargain Bundles provide practice in scores of phonic clusters in a different and enjoyable way. Since our brains remember in patterns, these sets help to imprint the words for more automatic recognition later. 

Each Word Search includes an easy to use Answer Key. Puzzles are also available individually.

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We Teach So Hard…Episode 35 Outdoor Education: The Antidote for Waning Attention

Do we hear wailing and the gnashing of teeth? The end is near, and your students are squirrely and CHECKED OUT. Don’t freak out! Take them outside! In this episode of WE TEACH SO HARD, we share fun end-of-year ideas for taking the learning and teaching outside. Spring is in the air, don’t despair! Take it outside. Student engagement will soar!

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We Teach So Hard…Episode 33… Interdisciplinary Projects Can Save Your Sanity

We’re galloping toward the year’s end. There’s standardized testing to get through…HOURS of it, in fact. Field trips, assemblies, learning celebrations, and don’t forget about your evaluation, report cards, common assessments, and closing up your classroom. When we think about our school life in the months of April, May and June, it’s hard not to hyperventilate. BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE TO TEACH, and let’s face it-our students are checked out! Interdisciplinary projects can save your sanity. They really can! They’ll keep the learning going, engage your kids, and help you get in all those standards you still have to teach. TURN UP YOUR VOLUME and get ready to rock your end of the year teaching!

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “End of Year Reflection”

by Little Learner Toolbox

1st – 5th Grade

 

 

End of Year Reflection: Dear Next Year’s Class. Provide your students with the opportunity to reflect upon how they have grown through the year. Encourage your students to reflect upon their year and personal successes and highlights, with this fun project! By writing letters for the incoming class (or creating a reference booklet by stapling all of their letters together) students take time to really think about the year. It’s a great opportunity to encourage conversation and reflection and next year’s class will love it too!

 

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “My Year In…An End of Year Memory Book”

by Curriculum Craze

1st – 3rd Grade

 

 

Help your students remember this year. This 9 page booklet will help them record their memories. Pages come with colorful borders or black and white.

I created this using backgrounds and frames by Amy Alvis as part of the Clip Art Challenge. It does include some clip art by other artists as well.

 

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “VIDEO: Tips to Get Organized for the End of the Year”

by Reading and Writing Redhead

1st – 4th Grade

 

 

Isn’t the end of the school year overwhelming? To help you calm the chaos and get organized, I share my five top tips with you in this brief video. You can also download an accompanying pdf of the tips to refer to later and I will let you know where you can find a helpful and free checklist to help you organize all the specific end of the year tasks that are on your plate!

Download this freebie to help you track those end of the year tasks! This is also available in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop as a freebie!

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Award Ribbons Clip Art FREEBIE”

by CrunchyMom

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

 

 

This set is a sample of what you will find in the Award Ribbons set, which includes 5 styles of award ribbons in a full rainbow of colors to choose from.

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May Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 

It’s May and June is just around the bend. You’re probably counting the days till summer vacation. Be sure to stop by and see what these teachers are doing in their classrooms and gather some great tips and ideas. This is the last link-up for this school year. We’ll see you in September

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Pack a Super Summer Kit
Suggestions for a super summer kit, to keep them learning over their vacay.
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How to Keep Your Class Engaged Through the End of the Year
The end of the school year is just around the corner. You’re looking forward to summer vacation and so are your students, but you still have at least 3-4 or more weeks left, so what do you do to keep those kiddos turned on to learning?  Here are some tips.
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The Difference Between Giving Up & Knowing When You’ve Had Enough

Angst and thoughts about the issues that teachers face today…one teacher’s journey.

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He Can’t? I Bet He Can!

Sometimes students who are severely physically disabled are thought not to be able to learn; especially when they can’t speak or respond. We need to think outside the box.

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Summer Reading: What’s Hot? and What’s Cool?

Reading Spotlight’s May Blog Post explains how to find out “What’s Hot? and “What’s Cool?” this year for Summer Reading. Want to know “Why Kids Don’t Read,” “How to Motivate Summer Reading,” and “Why Summer Reading is So Important”? You’ll find links there, too, for this valuable information.

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Tales from a Teacher: The Light Bulb

It’s math time again! Each day this week I’ve been watching my students’ eyes glaze over while teaching. Last night, I stayed up late to plan out today’s difficult lesson. As I approach the board…
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Mad Tea Party Mother’s Day Tea
How do you honor your mothers? Plan a Mad Tea Party Mother’s Day Tea!
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Save The Insects: Having Fun With Insects and Plants

Creative teaching ideas for students to explore insects and plants with hands on activities, as well as a creative research component to keep them reading and writing about insects and plants at home.

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Why I seek volunteers for classroom book clubs and where I find them

I love having volunteers participate in my classroom book clubs. Read about why I make the effort to bring the community into my classroom and where I find willing volunteers.

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Riddling for Geometry

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Although most students think of geometry as shapes, it’s so much more! Geometry riddles are the perfect opportunity to promote thinking and reasoning! 

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Child’s Play: Phonics Bingo Games

Perfect Activity for Last Days of School!

Simple to Use!

Great Phonics Review!

Provide extra review of short and long vowels with this Bargain Bundle: Vowels. Includes 24 classroom-tested cards and uncomplicated format with directions. Enjoy the smiles while your students review important phonics fundamentals. All Bingo Games are also available individually in the Reading Spotlight store.

 


FREE End-of-the-Year Math Reflection Questions

 

How can we promote a growth mindset in math? 

The end of the school year provides a natural opportunity for students to reflect on the year and the work they have done. Promoting self-reflection not only encourages students to look back at failures but also to celebrate them, providing us with an opportunity to promote a growth mindset in our students and set them up for success for the next school year. This classroom freebie includes 8 self-reflection cards that promote a healthy mathematical mindset. The discussion cards can be used round-robin style, as a whole class discussion activity, or as journal prompts. Click here or on the image above to grab a free copy of the pack. 
Want to know more? 
Head on over to The Routty Math Teacher website and read, “Getting Ready to Wrap-up the Year: End-of-the-Year Math Activities that Emphasize an Entire Year of Learning” where I share three activities to help you end the year on a high note. Read the post here or by clicking on the image below.

 

Enjoy!

Opinion Writing Peer Editing Checklist CCSS Aligned for Grades 3rd – 5th

Opinion Writing Peer Editing Checklist CCSS Aligned for Grades 3rd – 5th

The 4 peer editing checklists are very detailed (for a 3, 4, 5, & 7 paragraph essay) created for the progressing writer. Excellent for mixed or leveled classes to give students individualized instruction. Practical and easy to understand. Students will know what is expected of them and they will have opportunities to reflect on their work.

Included in this resource:
✓ How I Use This Resource
3, 4, 5, & 7 Paragraph:
✓ Peer Editing Checklist Half Page
✓ Peer Editing Checklist Full Page
✓ Terms of Use
✓ Graphics and Fonts Credit

Try part of the opinion essay bundle before you buy it right here…FREE Opinion Writing Basic Rubric CCSS Aligned

*Teacher rubric on one side while student self-assessment is on the other side when printed.
*Rubrics are created with variation to meet your classroom’s needs.
*Can print rubrics front and back to save on paper (cut it in half.)
*Peer edits for students to share and learn from each other.
*It’s a very detailed checklist.
*For a 3, 4, 5, & 7 paragraph opinion essay.
*Checklists are full & half page PDF format.
*Can print checklists front and back to save on paper.
*Practical and easy to understand rubrics for teachers and students.
*Easy scoring on a 10 or 5 points each category out of 100 points.
*Great for mixed or leveled classes to give students individualized instruction.
*Teacher and student self assessment to grade a 3, 4, 5, & 7 paragraph essay.
*Add CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3-5.6 by having students research the Internet and type up the essay to implement technology for a cross-curricular assignment.
*Add CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3-5.7 & W.3-5.8 by having students conduct a research project by assigning a prompt. Have them gather relevant information through printed or digital sources. Be sure to have them add a bibliography.
*3-5th Grade Common Core Aligned.
*Can be used as enrichment for 2nd grade students.

The way I use this resource…
In writing, I scaffold and model information to my students. Each class is different and each year is different; therefore, I can’t do everything the same each time I teach the same subject. I start with the basic rubric and introduce 1-3 new concepts each essay. Once I introduce a concept, I hold students accountable for the concepts I taught. If it appears that the majority of the class does not understand the concept, I do not hold them accountable and I reteach the concept. I try not to stifle their creativity by focusing on spelling, capitalization, and punctuation during the first two terms of school depending on the class. I also can easily use the 6 traits of writing with the rubrics. Make sure you choose a topic that is relevant, relatable, and the reasons are researchable.
Next, I introduce the peer editing checklist. I have students pair up and exchange papers. I have clipboards students can use while they sit around the room for this activity. It’s important for you to model for the students how to peer edit. Many times students just want to be nice and not give feedback. However, this is a great opportunity for students to read each others essays and learn from each other. I try not to let the same students peer edit with each other every time in order for students to view a variety of styles over the school year.
Finally, you are able to print front and back! Then you can cut them in half to save on paper. For example, pages 12 and 13 are the same rubric. Simply print it from your computer or printer as two-sided. If this does not work for you, print the first rubric for a full page rubric.
Happy Teaching!
Sally

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “End of the Year Mystery Person (Freebie)”

by Love Teaching Kids

1st – 5th Grade

 

 

This mystery person activity can be done with your students at the end of the year. There is a grid that you fill out unique information about each student in your class. The students then try to figure out who each person is.
I would really appreciate positive feedback on this item. Thanks so much!
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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Free Student Thank You Note”

by Charity Preston

1st – 4th Grade

 

 

This cute template for a thank you note is perfect for students to say thanks for a guest speaker, a parent volunteer, or for receiving a gift from someone else. It can also be used by the teacher in a pinch if needing a quick thank you for a received gift from a student. Enjoy!

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Summer Homework: Freebie Edition”

by Summer Homework: Freebie Edition

3rd – 6th Grade

 

 

Are you looking for a fun summer homework option for students? Summer Fun BINGO was created to be an alternative to the traditional summer reading assignment, but it could also be used in conjunction with traditional summer homework assignments.

What is Summer Fun BINGO? It is a bingo game with reading, math, and fun activities! Students completing five activities in a row will earn BINGO or challenge your class to complete all of the activities on the board.

Included in this Resource:
*August Bingo board – black and white & color versions
*Award coupons – black and white & color versions

The full version of the resource can be found here:
Summer Fun BINGO: A Stress-Free Activity

Included in the full resource:
*June Bingo board – black and white & color versions
*July Bingo board – black and white & color versions
*August Bingo board – black and white & color versions
*An editable Bingo board – black and white & color versions
*Award coupons – black and white & color versions
*An editable Award coupon – black and white & color versions

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*An interactive Google Drive version of the BINGO boards

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8 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Next School Year

 

As we prepare for summer vacation, many teachers will spend hours cleaning out file cabinets, going through supplies, disassembling bulletin boards, and preparing their classrooms for summer storage. While most of us are focused on making it to the last day of our contracts so that we can turn-in our keys and start our long-awaited summer vacation, the most resourceful teachers will use this time to get a head start on preparing for next school year. Now, I know what you’re thinking—Shametria, I’m ready to wave goodbye to this school year and watch it fade away in my rearview mirror. I get it. I totally understand, but now is a great time to complete some of the tasks that we never have time for when we return in August—even with the best of intentions. With this in mind, I want to share eight ways you can get a jump start on next school year.

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “End of the Year Awards {Free}”

by Primary Teachspiration

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

 

 

Your students will love these end of the year award Candy Bar Wrappers – a perfect end of the year student gift!

Each boy and girl wrapper is sized to fit a Hershey bar. After typing your students’ names, your name, and date in the editable text boxes, simply cut around the two sides of each wrapper, fold on the dotted lines and wrap around the candy bar; then glue or tape at the back. Simple as pie! 🙂

You can print these in black and white or grayscale if you prefer no color.

If you’re looking for other great end of the year candy bar wrapper AWARDS, you can find them HERE:

END OF YEAR AWARDS {Candy Bar Wrapper Awards}

Please enjoy and thank you for ALL that you do for your students!

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May Teacher Talk

It’s May and June is just around the bend. You’re probably counting the days till summer vacation. Be sure to stop by and see what these teachers are doing in their classrooms and gather some great tips and ideas.

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Walking the Red Carpet With Book of the Year Awards

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

Are you looking for a fun but academic way to keep your students engaged in these last few weeks of the school year? This blog post is part one of a series that details one way to keep your kids talking about books. Plus, a unique freebie opportunity is offered!

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Where We’re From

By Retta London of  Rainbow City Learning

A tribute to my mother and all she taught me. A poetry form added to try in your own own classroom.

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End of the Year Growth Mindset Awards Activity

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

My teaching partner and I always faced the end of the school year with nostalgia, excitement, and a bit of sadness as our students leave our classrooms.  Kind of like parents whose children have flown the coop. We enjoyed giving out student awards, but instead of us choosing all of them, we decided to let the kids help us.

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Do You Have a Purpose?

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

Students need a purpose for communicating and we need to provide meaningful interactions, not just “test” them on their knowledge.

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Five Simple Tools for End of the Year Success

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Survive the end-of-the-year frenzy in your classroom with five tips to help reduce the chaos and maintain learning.

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Make Math FUN this Summer!!!

By Sara Snyder of Snyder Classroom

The weeks approaching summer vacation can be a great time to get some review in for the students as the year closes. These NO PREP activity worksheets can be great for end of the year review as well as keeping skills fresh over the summer. I think you will enjoy these summer themed riddles.

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One Million=One Thousand

By Reading Spotlight of Reading Spotlight

Find out how one million can actually equal one thousand!

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A Little Magic For Your Class. . .

By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas for Those who Love Teaching

Tips to make reading time magical with an altered fairy tale unit.

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Surviving the Last Weeks of School: 3 Activities to Keep Your Students Engaged

By Shametria Routt of The Routty Math Teacher

Managing student engagement and behaviors at the end of the school year can be a challenge for even our most experienced teachers. The more engaged students are in tasks that are both developmentally appropriate and challenging, the less off-task behavior they will display. With that in mind, I would like to share some of my favorite problem solving and critical thinking strategies I use to keep my students engaged during the last weeks of the school year.

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Getting Ready to Wrap-up the Year: Year-in-Review

Whether you have a few days, weeks, or months left of the 2016-2017 school year, things are definitely winding down. For many of us, May is filled with field trips, field days, awards ceremonies, and other special events and assemblies. It’s an exciting time but can be accompanied by a long, and sometimes stressful, end-of-the-year to-do list. As you begin to plan for the remaining days, I want to share a few fun activity ideas to wrap-up the school year.

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Surviving the Last Weeks of School

By: Shametria L. Routt, The Routty Math Teacher

 

It’s April!! For me this month means a time for celebration—it’s my birth month. For many Americans though, it’s a most dreaded time of the year because it means that they have to send a very large check to the government for the amount of tax debt they did not pay during the 12 months of 2016. For teachers, it means we are entering the home stretch and the last weeks of the school year. Now, any parents who have happened upon this blog post are saying—why is this a problem. But, as teachers, we all know that:

Last weeks of the school year = Crazy time!

Managing student engagement and behaviors at the end of the school year can be a challenge for even our most experienced teachers. Trust me when I say that keeping them engaged is how to win the battle. The more engaged they are in tasks that are both developmentally appropriate and challenging, the less off-task behavior they will display.

Having been an educator for the past 14 years and experiencing 14 end-of-year crazy times, I would like to share some of my favorite problem solving and critical thinking strategies I used to keep my students engaged during the last weeks of the school year.

Read more here.