1. Get the chalk out...
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! 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 workbooks. 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 concept...win, win, win!!
2. Project Based Learning...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.
3. Have a party...
Because, really, who doesn't love a party? Bribing...I mean, using a behavior incentive...at 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 is overwhelming too. 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!