Wednesday, May 16, 2012

End of Year Celebrations - A Linky Party!

The end of the year is right around the corner!
I know, I know... For some of you it's already here. Don't rub it in! Hahaha!

I thought I'd share some of my favorite ways to celebrate the end of the year with my students. I do these things with whatever grade level I am teaching. Who doesn't enjoy some good-old blowing bubbles in the school yard?? Hehehe!



That's right, you guessed it! My very favorite thing to do with my kiddies at the end of the year is blowing bubbles in the school yard. I always keep it a secret until the last week so that they don't expect it. (I've been able to pull this secret off every year simply because I have been teaching at different schools so my kiddies never know what's coming!)
I usually just buy a bunch of bubble-blowing tools at the dollar store and I fill a huge jar with soapy water. What a very inexpensive celebration activity!

There's something about blowing bubbles that just gets everyone in a good mood :)

Another fun activity that I do every year with my kiddies is a treat! I always buy a big box of popsicles and take them outside before the buses arrive. I never spend much money on good-bye gifts because I know most of them will not last the ride home. Instead, I spend on a cold yummy treat that I can enjoy with them.
We don't have AC in our schools and June can get pretty hot in our classrooms (our last day is June 22nd). My kiddies always jump for joy when they see this treat coming their way!

Another favorite of mine is Reader's Theater. I give my students their scripts and have them practice with their groups a few times in the morning. In the afternoon, I surprise them by bringing them in the school yard to present their plays outside. We usually find a nice spot in the shade and share our presentations there. They love it!
I always let them know that if they behave and do a good job (sometimes they may get a little too excited since they are outside) they will get to "Read to Someone" outside tomorrow. I never have any problems this way ;)


I have seen so many different games and treats done at this time of year. Some schools have "Fun Days", some teachers like to spoil their students one last time, and some like to spend quality time. I'd love to see what YOU do in your classroom during the last days of school so please share and link up with me!

 

5 comments:

TiffanyM said...

Popsicles look yummy! I don't know how I would make it if we didn't have AC and if we had to go until June 22nd...thankfully we are done on June 8th! My kiddos are mentally done now!!

Anonymous said...

I love the bubble idea! No AC sounds very warm. Enjoy the end of the year!

Free Teacher Resources by Clever Classroom said...

Thanks so much for this Valerie, I have added your link up to my blog post. Thanks so much for such a good idea. I am looking forward to viewing everyone's ideas!
Emma

Cait22 said...

Thanks for your comment! I'm your newest follower! I'll link up after I take some pictures this week...since it's our last full week!!!! haha-sorry :)

Cait
Sliding into First!

Nellie said...

The popsicles do look very yummy! We are going to be making cake pops and doing some Olympic type activities. In the past, I have given out silly awards to each student. The kids love it.

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