Here is NY, there are three weeks of school left. I am busy with reading conferences and paperwork! I envy those teachers already on their summer break!
For teachers who still need some end of the year ideas, I am sharing a few ideas thanks to my favorite weekly e-mail from one of my favorite websites The Mailbox.com!
This Year I Learned…
Review the school year with this class book–making activity. Challenge each of several groups to list everything the class has learned this year. Next, have a volunteer from each group come to the front of the room and write an item from his group’s list on a sheet of chart paper. After everyone has added to the list, have each child select one item, write a brief reflection about it on a piece of paper, and illustrate his page. Bind these pages into a class book that you can use to pique the curiosity of next year’s class!
Free Book Friday
Use this idea to encourage reading and positive behavior during this busy end of the year. Use cutout pictures of books from book club flyers to cover a shoebox. Cut a slit in the top of the box. Each week, feature one book that can be won in a raffle drawing. (Use bonus points to order books from the book club to be used for the raffle.) When a student displays positive behavior, give her a slip of paper to write her name on and deposit the slip in the box. On Friday, draw a name from the box and award that student the featured book of the week. On Monday morning, empty the box and display a new book!
*** You could also raffle off some of those class books made during the school year! Or raffle off some summer required reading books!
Cover a bulletin board with red paper. Use a black marker to create a brick like design. Then add the name of your current novel or picture book to the board. As your class reads the book, challenge students to write concepts or new vocabulary words, from the story on the wall using different-colored markers. Each time a student adds a word or concept to the wall, have him explain its meaning or relevance to the book.
*** You could also write story elements, character traits, or the book's themes. Younger students could draw pictures on the graffiti wall!