As the school year is coming to a close, I wanted to share my four best tips on how I make wrapping up my classroom and getting a jump start on next year stress free…or at least less stressful 😉
- A Helpful Student’s Task List: Write or type 20-30 tasks that students can help with on colorful paper. Cut them into strips and keep them handy the last week of school. Anytime you have downtime, early finishers, or random minutes in those chaotic last days, have students who want to help pull a strip and complete a job! Task ideas can include: clean out supply caddies, organize library bins, label library books, wipe down shelves, restock supplies, and SO many more! This will make your life easier for closing down your room and getting ready for next year while channeling your students’ end of year energy into productive tasks! Check out the picture above for an example!
- Prep Birthday Balloons: Prep birthday balloons for next year’s students! You may not know their names yet, but that’s okay! You can still get a jumpstart on next year by getting your birthday balloon bucket refilled! By the way, this is a FREEBIE in my store!
3. Set the Tone for Passionate Readers! Have this year’s students do a one-pager on one of their favorite books they read during this school year. Then, you have peer recommendations to hand up for next year’s incoming class and purposeful classroom décor!
4. Tried and True First Week of School Activities: If you’re anything like me, you like to shake things up each year! Well, I find this to be a blessing and a curse, so copy any tried and true first week of school activities before you leave for the summer. There are certain activities that I always going to start that first week with, even if it isn’t the same one each year in a row. My future self is very grateful for my end of year self when I copy those things ahead of time!
And if you are looking for a few end of year activities to keep your students busy and to celebrate them, keep scrolling to see my suggested products below!