By Gina Kennedy

By Gina Kennedy

End of the School Year Fun!

End of the Year Fun!
Great ideas to differentiate and integrate the real world into your curriculum and create a rigorous learning environment!  

What is the best way to keep your students engaged and learning this time of the year?  Provide challenging; but fun activities that involve real world situations with an invitation to learn something new!  There are so many wonderful "end of the year" activities out there; I've included a few in today's blog.

1. "Top 25 Travel Destinations Postcards"  With this activity each student drew one of the top 25 travel destinations out of a box.  Then each student pretended they had visited the destination and created a pretend postcard from that destination in which they wrote to their parents describing the details of their trip
     I required them to include at least four tourist attractions on their postcards as well as two different types of food they tried that are part of the local culture.
       On the back of the postcard; they illustrated a picture of one of the tourist attractions they visited.

I've included a free link to the top 25 travel destinations and a postcard template below:

2. "5th Grade Memoirs, This is How I Rolled!"  With this activity, I had the students write 3-4 memoirs about 5th grade on each segment of a beach ball that they created!

3. "Only Music Will Tell" In small groups of 3-4,  I had my students create a short musical to describe their school year from September from May.  They had to choose three songs that they felt were best related to the school year and they were told to incorporate those songs into the play.  They had a great time and as the musical came to a pause; it was quite suspenseful to see what song they were going to play next.

4. "Fun End of the Year Awards"  Yes, we all know about the "Top Reader" award and the "Top Scientist" award; but what about the "Most Likely to Rap for a Cheeseburger at McDonald's Award" or "Cleanest Backpack of the Class" award. These are just a few of the certificates my students invented to award to their classmates.
     I had each of my students design five fun original award certificates and the class voted on each award.  I made sure they were fun; but not harmful or insulting in any way.