The end of the school year is upon us. And it turned out to be one crazy weird school year. Our usual end of year bag of tricks won’t work this year. But there are still so many fun and simple virtual end of year activities that you students will love.
I always loved to have my students create memory books at the end of the year. It’s a fun way to reminisce about the different things we did together as a class family. It’s also something they can keep forever and will love to look back on many years from now.
Since I love doing memory books so much, I worked with Amanda from The Primary Gal to create a digital memory book!
Students can fill in the pages with their memories via Google Slides or PowerPoint. They can add pictures and save the file to their documents to enjoy for years to come.
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I would always have an end of year awards ceremony in my classroom. Every student would receive a special award that reflected an area that they grew in during the year.
How about having a virtual end of year awards ceremony?!
You can host the ceremony on Zoom or Google Meet and send each student their special award via email, Google Classroom, Class Dojo or whatever app you use to communicate with your class.
Click HERE to watch a quick video tutorial for personalizing and sending student awards virtually.
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Virtual Field Trips
Field trips can be lots of fun, but super exhausting. And why does someone throw up on every field trip?🤷🏻♀️
Virtual field trips are such a great alternative during school closures and a perfect end of year activity!
You can visit museums, zoos, aquariums and monuments. Students can do this on their own as an assignment, or you can do them together via Zoom or Google Meet.
Click HERE to check out a huge list of virtual field trips.
Meet the Teacher
I loved taking my third graders for a field trip to fourth grade at the end of the year. They loved to meet the teachers and learn a little about being a fourth grader.
Since we can’t actually meet the teachers in the next grade, how about inviting them to your next class video call?
The teachers for next year can play a game with your students and tell them some of the fun things they will be learning about next year.
Click HERE to see a huge list of fun things you can do on a Zoom or Google Meet call.
Minute to Win It
Some teachers in my Facebook Groups have been doing minute to win it challenges with their students.
This is a little more involved as you might have to drop off the necessary supplies for your students. Alternatively, you can look for challenges that use items that most people already have around the house.
Pinterest is the BEST source for finding fun minute to win it challenge ideas.
Students can build and do the actual challenge together on a video call.
Yes, these times are very different. But, with just a little creativity, we can still have some serious fun with our students during the last week or two of school!
Have a Not So Wimpy day,