The end of the school year is near, symbolizing another year of growth for your students. Engage your students by supercharging reflection activities to amplify their experience! Here are 12 engaging ideas to inspire learning, reflection, and celebration for the final weeks of school. (☺️ We recognize that some schools are ending a semester or just starting their school year. Feel free to modify these ideas as you see fit!)
3️⃣2️⃣1️⃣Countdown Challenge - For the last 26 days of school, challenge your students to share something special or something they learned that starts with the letter of the day for the Ultimate ABC Countdown Challenge.
🔍💡End of Year ABC Countdown Challenge
🗣💫 Learning Loves Community - Encourage your students to share their passions by teaching the class something new. They could share a scientific inquiry, how to make jewelry, coding tips, strategies for drawing, or teach the latest dance moves.
🔍💡Time to Shine - Student How-To Videos
👋A Message to an Incoming Student - Encourage students to inspire next year's group of students by sharing what they loved about that grade, what the new students should expect, and advice for a successful year.
🔍💡Message to an Incoming Student
🌎💚Go Global with #GridPals - Use the remaining days of the school year to leap outside of the box and connect students Globally with #GridPals.
🔍💡#GridPals Year in Review
🤔❤️📝Reflection is the Heart of Learning - Learning is a journey. Encourage students to reflect on a challenge that eventually turned into a success.
🔍💡My Learning Rollercoaster
💯💭Memories Last a Lifetime - Top 10 lists are always fun, so have fun as students create their own Top 10 memories from the school year!
🔍💡Top 10 Memories
🖼🎨Best Work Gallery- As students gather a collection of their best work from the school year, ask them to record why they believe the work was their best. It can be a collection of student projects, report cards, tests, class work, recognitions - whatever they want. Their video becomes an instant video portfolio of highlights from the year!
🔍💡Best Work Gallery
📖My ____ Grade Story - Choosing a favorite book or story, ask students to find vivid words and phrases (or simply use the elements of the plot) to re-create a story depicting their year.
🔍💡My ___ Grade Story
💕🤝Host a Kindness Challenge - Ask students to spread kindness each day until the end of the school year.
🔍💡End of Year Kindness Challenge
🏆Twist on Awards Day - Roll out the Red Carpet with this idea! Have students reflect on the school year happenings including Field Trips, special classes, guest speakers, school events, projects etc.
🔍💡Twist on Awards Day
🎤End of School Year Interview - Students pair up to interview each other about their "favorites."
🔍💡End of School Year Interview
Field Day Activities - collect fun video footage of your Field Day experiences and follies!
School Carnival and Field Day by Kimberly Bower
Awards Day - record your classroom award celebrations for students to remember their special day and for families to relive the moments.
Grid for Parents- End of Year by Helen Mui
May 7th - National Teacher's Day, typically the week is also Teacher Appreciation Week - students can send a special message thanking their favorite teachers present and past!
🦸♀️🦸♂️ My Teacher is a Super Hero by Paula Klipfel
May 12th - Mother’s Day & June 16th - Father’s Day - create a heartfelt video message for mothers, fathers and parental figures - generate a private link and grab the QR code to keep the messages personal and to add to other gifts students may create.
🌸 Mother’s Day Poem by Kathrina Mendez
I hope you have an enjoyable end of school year with your students & I appreciate all of the dedication you put in to making education a great experience for them!
See you on the grid!