By the time you read this, today will be my last day of school, woo hoo! Over on my other blog I talked about some tried and true activities that I do every year and how they went yesterday. However, in this post I want to share a couple new activities for the last day of school that I'll be piloting tomorrow.
Last year I tried having the kids write letters to the incoming class, but I was underwhelmed with the results. Had I given them more time and more direction I'm sure it could have been a really worthwhile thing. However since I do the scrapbook/portfolios which are a HUGE project, I felt like another big project would be overkill. So this year I've given each child their own individual, specific, manageable piece of the "letter" to do. They'll each get just a half sheet of paper with a short prompt, and I'll compile them into a booklet. It will either become part of our classroom library or I'll make copies for each student. Here are 4 sample prompts:
On the back, EVERY student will have the same second prompt, "And here's something else you should know about Mrs. Thomas's class!" I'm hoping to get some funny and heartwarming stuff there! :D
Finally, before we're all stuck in a 90 minute "closing ceremony" with the rest of the school in the cafeteria, for our final Morning Meeting share, we'll be reading "Memory Strips," which we've been writing all week in secret as part of their Morning Work. The prompt was simply, "Write a memory you have from this year. We'll share them on the last day of school." I have a handful that I wrote myself that I'm certain will get laughs and tears from my group. I can't wait!
What are your favorite end of the year activities?