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EASY END-OF-YEAR CRAFTS ... click here
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Pinterest board with lots of end-of-year ideas ... click here

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Ideas for English-Language Learners - Celebrating the End of the School Year ... by Larry Ferlazzo & Katherine Schulten ... The Learning Network
  • Portfolio-Making to End the School Year on a Positive Note
  • Writing a Letter to Myself
  • Conducting Student Surveys
  • Making Time for Projects of Choice




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end-of-year reflections ... Laura Candler
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  • Reflection Letter... eHOW Mom
    • Instruct students to write a reflection letter to themselves that addresses what they learned throughout the past academic year. In the letter, kids can write about the events that stand out to them, friends they made and how they feel they have grown throughout the school year. The last paragraph of the letter should discuss what their hopes for the next year are. Before finishing the project, kids should put the letter in an envelope and address it to themselves. Teachers can then collect the letters and mail them to the students the following year. These reflection letters can then serve as a reminder to the students of the goals they had for their current year as well as remind them what they learned the year prior.

    Closing Circle... eHOW Mom
    • Show your students how to open up to one another by ending the school year with a closing circle. Ask your students to sit in a circle on the floor and take turns sharing their thoughts and feelings about the past academic year. Kids can talk about making friends, difficult times and overcoming adversity. Discuss how groups can develop their own sense of a family dynamic and invite the students to share their feelings about the classroom "family" as it were. Talk with your students about dealing with the ending of this classroom family and what their hopes are for future classroom groups.


    Hope Chart... eHOW Mom
    • Document the goals of your students by creating an end-of-the-year hope chart. Stand at the front of your classroom with a large sheet of poster board and a marker. Ask your students to decide on one unified classroom goal for the future. Place this word at the center of your chart and draw a circle around it. Allow each student to come up one at a time and draw smaller circles that feature their personal goals. Students can then draw a line from their goal to the large student body goal to show how they are all connected.

    Classroom Awards... eHOW Mom
    • Bring some fun into the close of the school year by hosting a classroom award session. Develop categories such as "Most likely to save the rainforest," "Best hair" or "Class clown" and instruct students to cast their votes. On the last day of school, set aside time to have a classroom award ceremony where you can recognize students for their contributions to the classroom dynamic over the past months. When recognizing students, give them certificates that designate their award and allow them a few minutes to give an acceptance speech.

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  • Simple Closing Circle ... Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility -- TeachableMoment Classroom Lessons
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  • Journaling ... Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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  • Weaving a Web ... Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
......''......Explain, as you tug on the web, that if something happens to one community member it affects the rest of the community--we're all touched in some way. Ask students if they can feel your tugs at the web. You may be able to draw on an event that took place this past year that illustrates the idea of interconnectedness and community.''
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... " ...... Once they've written the letter or postcard, have them put it in a sealed envelope addressed to themselves. Collect the envelopes, promising to give them or mail them to the students,possibly a month or so into the new year. ..."
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  • Autograph Book... eHOW Mom
    • Give each child five sheets of paper. Instruct the students to fold the paper in half and staple in the middle to form an autograph book. Allow the students to decorate the front of their autograph books with markers, stickers and glitter. Once the front of the autograph book is complete, give the kids time to write in each other's books. Encourage the students to list fond memories they have of their friends in addition to signing the autograph book. Pictures can even be drawn if the students wish.
  • Stories of Reflection... eHOW Mom
    • Review the past school year listing events, parties, fairs and competitions the class participated in. You may want to use a calendar and go through each month. When you have finished reminiscing, ask the students to write a short story about what their favorite class memory was and why. The students can complete this activity at home. Encourage students to include pictures or drawings with their stories. Gather the children together and have them share their stories with the rest of the class.
  • Awards Ceremony... eHOW Mom
    • Make a list of each of your students and their particular strengths. The strengths don't have to be academic. For example, one student may always show compassion toward students who are sick or unpopular while another is great at getting the kids in the class to laugh. Create an award for each child based on his strength. Conduct an awards ceremony on the last day of class and hand out the awards by calling each student up to the front of the classroom one at a time. You may even want to give out a treat with each award.
  • End of the Year Mural... eHOW Mom
    • Roll out a piece of butcher paper across your desk. Have the children help you draw and color in a beach scene. Add boats or kids swimming in the ocean, and crabs and seashells lying along the shore line. Cut circles out of white construction paper to represent beach balls, and hand one out to each child. Tell the children to place their names on the beach balls and write one memory from the past year on the ball. Glue the balls to the beach scene. Label the end of year mural as either "4th Grade was a Ball," or "2010 to 2011 was a Ball." Replace with your grade level, or your school year.

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