Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher: End of Year Tips, Tricks and Resources!

End of Year Tips, Tricks and Resources!

Lots of ideas for end of year classroom activities to make the last weeks or days of school extra fun!

The end of the school year is fast approaching! Wether you have days or weeks left, I hope that these end of year tips and ideas will help you to have some fun with your students before summer break. 


The end of the school year is tough! So much is being asked of us. We are madly trying to complete report cards, inventory supplies, clean and somehow continue to provide meaningful instruction until the very last day! 

There are several mistakes that a teacher can make at the end of the year even though they mean well. These mistakes will make the end of the year more difficult.

Click HERE to read more about these mistakes and some simple solutions to make the end of year more manageable!


After testing is over we start to daydream about summer break. But the reality is that we still have several weeks of teaching time! What do you do with your students? We want to keep them learning, but we want to have some fun with them too. I have ten tips that will help you keep your students learning and engaged!

Click HERE to read more about fun ways to keep students engaged at the end of the year.


Ending the year with a theme day or an entire week of theme days- is super fun! They give students a something really special to look forward. You can sneak in academics if you need to, or you can just make it a celebration. It's up to you!

Click HERE to read about 12 different classroom theme day ideas!


The end of the year is a perfect time to hold a book raffle in your classroom! I give students a book as an end of year gift and the raffle is a fun way to give out the books and be certain that every student has a book that they are excited to read over the summer.

Click HERE to read more about having a book raffle in your classroom.


On the last day of school, my students always scrubbed the desks, tables and chairs. And they had a blast doing it. I know that sounds crazy, but it is so true. They loved helping to clean the classroom because I made it fun with bubbles! I only wish that I could find a way to make cleaning my house this much fun.

Click HERE to read more about cleaning desks with bubbles!


Imagine a summer break where you are sipping fruity drinks by the pool and NOT thinking about school. It may sound impossible to some of you. The trick is to get ready for back to school BEFORE summer break. I know that you are crazy tired, but I promise that I have some simple ways that you can get ahead of the game with little to no energy!

Click HERE to read about what you should prep before summer break!

End of Year Resources

I have a few resources that are perfect for the end of the year!


I love to have a ceremony and give every student in my class a special award. I always find an award that is perfect for each student in my class. The set includes 80 different awards and it is editable!

Click HERE to learn more about my end of year awards.


The school year has been lots of fun and my students love to document their favorite memories. There are lots of memory books out there, but I think that the paper bag format is extra fun and really unique!

Click HERE to learn more about my end of year paper bag memory book.



These end of year task cards are a fun way to reminisce about the school year. You can put them in a writing center or even use them as discussion starters during those last days of school!

Click HERE to learn more about my end of year task cards.

Lots of ideas for end of year classroom activities to make the last weeks or days of school extra fun!

Enjoy those last days of making a huge difference for this group of kiddos!