The end of the year is fast approaching, and summer will be here before many of us even realize it! We are always very prepared for the first day of school, but by the end of the year, we are searching TPT, Google, Pinterest, and pretty much anywhere to find some good lessons or activities. We need some way to keep our class entertained while waiting for the last week. So, to help you out, I thought I would put together a quick list of some engaging end of the year plans your class will love!
End of the Year Plans To End The School Year
Here are some of my favorite end of the year lesson plans and last week of school ideas. It will make the last few weeks on the calendar fly by and make teaching easier!
Science experiments are super fun during any time of the year, but they make great end of the year activities because they will keep students thinking and having fun!
These summer science experiments are so much fun. I usually can not wait to get to them!
Fun End Of Year Science Stations and Summer Science Experiments includes:
- Rubber Band Paddle Boats
- Sunscreen Lotion vs. Sunscreen Spray
- What will melt an ice cube the fastest?
- Balloon Towers
- Outdoor Chalk Paint
If you didn’t notice a theme within all of these end of the year plans, most if not all experiments and worksheets can be completed outside. This makes them even more fun end of the year!
Although giving out student end of the year gifts won’t take much time out of your day, if you plan accordingly and decide to gift bubbles or chalk, you can take your students outside and enjoy the gifts as a class. If you want to make the playtime a little more educational, have students practice their math facts, letter formation, or writing in chalk.
If you are looking for more information on my available gift tags, head to this blog post!
End of the Year Survival Ideas
There are so many unique ideas for the end of the year that do not take much planning or preparation. I have a list of 20 ideas available to you and an entire blog post filled with ideas!
Create a Board Game
Every student loves playing board games. It’s even more fun when they get to write and create their own! It is a great review activity and is an awesome last day activity. Students can rotate around the room and play the game their classmates have designed. They review some math, writing, and ELA concepts.
There is even a board game template pack where you can design your own games (or students to make games). Plus, I have a second volume of board game templates available too!
Classroom Board Games
If you just don’t have the energy to have students create their own board games, don’t fret. I have over 200 board games in my TPT store, and they range from topics like addition and subtraction to prime and composite numbers.
Centers and Stations
Get students moving around the room and completing different centers and stations to help review different concepts they had learned this year. Using centers allow students to work with others and enjoy the last couple of days with their classmates and friends. It is also a quick assessment of review skills and will allow you to see where students need a little extra help.
Even if you don’t have the time to help those specific students before the school year ends, you will know where the struggles are for next year’s group! I have so many centers in my TPT store, and the concepts range from time to dividing fractions! I even have a 5th-grade bundle full of math centers for your classroom!
End of The Year Plans
End of the year lesson plans do not need to be rigorous or super elaborate. It is ok to review, learn new things, and enjoy the last couple of weeks or days with your class.
P.S. You can also give your classroom a good cleaning before the kids head out the door! Almost all students love to help the teacher.
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