Three Ways to Engage at the End of the Year

The end of the year is quickly approaching and as testing comes to a close (FINALLY!) and the weather gets nicer, it becomes more difficult to keep students engaged everyday. Here are three things that I like to do at the end of the year to keep the students engaged while still having fun and learning...
 When the weather is nice, no one wants to be inside and it's hard to keep student's attention. Take your lessons to the sidewalk with chalk! Students can work independently or in groups; give each student a square to work in and chalk becomes way more fun than pencils! This was a lesson on complementary angles that I took my students outside for.  They worked out each problem on the sidewalk and then wrote their answers in their books.  We moved from one square to the next to check friend's work too.  Students were up and moving, loving the outside air, and learning a sometimes difficult, win, win!!
Anything that you would have students use white boards for, or even paper for that matter, can be done on the sidewalk! And students love showing their friends & families at dismissal the work they'd done on the sidewalk. It's a great way to get outside for some quality learning.  And once it rains, you have a clean slate to start again.

Take your class outside for snack time, read aloud, a little extra playground time, a nature many possibilities as the weather starts to change.  I know that by this time of year I'm ready to get outside and I'm sure the kids are too!
The end of the year is the perfect time for PBL. A great idea to practice researching and gathering information, reporting and presenting the information is to implement Genius Hour. Genius Hour will give students a chance to report on something that they are passionate about.  And when students are given their choice of topics & projects, they're sure to stay engaged!  My students always LOVE Genius Hour and then they love watching their friends present too.  You can check out a quick video about Genius Hour HERE.
Because, really, who doesn't love a party?  Bribing...I mean, using a behavior the end of the year is a great way to keep your class engaged because again, who doesn't want a party! And at the end of the year there are usually lots of popsicle and lemonade breaks already, so why not make it an incentive?  When students are on task, showing their best behavior, working well together, following class and school rules; you can add a letter to your board.  When the word "lemonade" or "popsicle" is complete, have a party!  You can check out this freebie HERE.  There are two choices with this freebie: popsicle and lemonade.  
The end of the year brings so much fun and excitement but it can be overwhelming too, for you and your students!  Make sure to keep your students engaged as you push through to the end of the year!  You can check out other end of the year products I have available in my TpT Store!
I hope you have a wonderful end of the year with new projects, engaging learning, lots of sun, and plenty of fun!

Happy Teaching!



  1. Genius hour is the best thing I have done teaching! I love it!


  2. Genius hour is a great idea to implement at the end of the year- I never thought of doing that this way. Thanks for the idea!

    And thank you for participating in the hop!

    Cait's Cool School

  3. I LOVE your lemonade party sign! Great ideas! Thanks!

  4. Cute! Thanks for a great post! Love the ideas!

  5. I love genius hour. It allows teachers to learn so much more about what their students are interested in outside the classroom. It is also a chance for classmates to find out information about things they may not have been introduced to yet.

    Sugar Cube Learning

  6. I love the chalk idea! I will be trying that very soon. :)


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