Sunday, May 31, 2015

Favorite End of the Year Activities {Weekend Warriors}

It may sound so cliché, but the end of the year is always so bittersweet. My husband thinks I’m crazy because one minute I’ll say I’m excited for summer vacation, and the next I’m telling him how sad I am to see my kiddos go. I guess it does sound a little silly, unless you’re a teacher. Right?! 
I'm new to the Weekend Warriors group and apparently not a very good one (yet)! This is my first time linking up and I'm late to the party! But I made it... Yippee! We're sharing some of our favorite end of year activities.
One of my favorite ways to wrap up the year is to play some Minute to Win It games. Boys vs. Girls! My kiddos went nuts for it last year and loved competing against each other.
You Blew me Away
Materials: cotton balls, 1 straw per player
These kiddos had to blow the cotton balls across the table. The player to get the most across was the winner. I would recommend using a longer table.
Materials: cotton balls, 2 sets of chopsticks, 2 buckets

The next activity required chopsticks, but I improvised since I forgot them. The pencils worked perfectly. The player with the most cotton balls in their bucket at the end of a minute won.
Materials: 2 nets (or buckets), 2 balls

This was played in pairs. The students had one minute to toss and catch the ball. I picked student helpers to keep track of the number of times the ball was caught.
Every year, my class creates a memory book. I do my best to go page by page and have a discussion about each topic. We create word banks if necessary. I really want them to be keepsakes, so I try to ensure that they’re as pretty as can be.
Click on the cover to see it on TpT

This year my students got so excited every time I revealed a page of the memory book. We talked about our favorite units of study and it was so fun to listen to them talk about some of their favorite units. They’d already forgotten about some of the fun activities and crafts.   

Thanks for stopping in! I hope you have some new ideas you might be able take back to your classroom. I'd love to hear some of your favorite end of year activities? How do you like to wrap up the year? Feel free to link up or leave me a comment.

T-minus 5 days!

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with you Carol! I feel so ready to start my summer and yet feel so sad about my kids not being in my class anymore.

    I really like the minute to win it games you played. Looks like your kids had a blast! I'm going to have to give them a try some day!