While the school year might be winding down, try not to coast through your final days or weeks. It would be so easy to pop in a movie and zone out, but you truly can take advantage of these last few days to gets some good learning in! Use these 5 tips to keep your students engaged and (gasp!) learning the last few weeks of school!
1. Keep Learning Top of Mind
I kind of hinted at this already but it is important to keep it top of mind! You don't want to give the impression that school isn't as important during this time of year. The best way to keep learning top of mind is to review concepts that were key standards this last year or that will be useful in their new grade last year.
Review doesn't have to be boring! I like using dice, spinners, jokes, and anything else that will keep students interested in math. In the 2nd Grade End of Year Math Review with a Twist, students will get all that and more. Imagine your students begging to do review math!
Are you still distance learning, no problem – this 2nd Grade Math Review comes with a digital version, as well!
2. Keep Routines
It is typical at the end of the year to have distractions. There are field trips, school assemblies, performances, and more. That makes the structures and routines that you have created throughout the year crucially important to follow. Routines keep learning top of mind.
Routines to keep the same:
- daily schedule
- morning meetings
- read-aloud time/silent reading time
- reading and math centers
- end of the day check-in
You might have to adjust the timing of events to make everything fit but your students will do better with some normalcy in their day.
3. Surprise Them!
This is how you add the fun the last few days of school. While you do need to keep routines, you can sprinkle in the fun. Think of little ways that you can bring laughter, joy, and unexpected fun to the day. The ideas below don't cost anything, can be easily added to any day, and don't require a lot of planning, yet… they will definitely bring a smile to your students face!
- Start a Count Down Chain with fun and easy activities for each day
- Read Outside – find a shaded area outside and read books
- Flashlight reading – let kids bring flashlights to school on this day; turn off the lights in your room and let them read under their desks.
- No Shoes Day – once kids are sitting at their desks, let them kick off their shoes – they will seriously be so surprised you let them do this!
- Sit with a Friend – every 2 hours kids move to a new desk and work with a friend
- Pen/Marker Only Day – students can only use colorful pens or markers for their work
Distance learning ideas:
- Home Scavenger Hunt
- Wear a Sunglasses or a Hat Day
- Teacher for the Session
- Directed Drawing
4. Themed Days
Themed day are the most fun in my opinion! It's like Halloween in the middle of the year! Let your students know ahead of time that you will have a themed day – giving them a chance to dress up for it!
First, plan what theme you'll have:
- Baseball Day
- Pirates Day
- Beach Day
- Pajama Day
- Super Hero Day
- Magic Day
Next, collect ideas on what you can do that day. You can choose to spread a few of the ideas throughout the day (still keeping with routines), make a whole day of it, OR do something fun the last 30-40 minutes of the day! The possibilities are endless.
- Read books around that theme
- Do a directed draw around the theme
- Let students dress up
- Write stories around the theme
- Tell jokes related to the theme – jokes for kids
- Integrate the theme into math problems
- Play an outdoor game related to the theme
This is an easy time of year to reflect on their school year! My favorite way to reflect is through letter writing. I have students write a letter to incoming 2nd graders, they are experts now after all! What advice would they give to little 1st graders that will be 2nd graders next year? Students love this! Here are some questions you can ask to get them started.
- Tell 3 things they will learn in 2nd grade
- What do they need to always do?
- What should they NEVER do?
- What advice would you give about the playground?
- What advice would you give about your teacher?
- Tell 3 phrases your teachers always uses
- What happened that was funny this year?
- What happened that was memorable?
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End of the Year Is Near
The end of the year is near, and before you know it summer break is here! I hope these tips for keeping students engaged the last weeks of school have been helpful. Even if you keep things easy for yourself, you'll definitely make them memorable for students!
End of the Year Math
2nd Grade End of Year Math Review is not your typical math printables…this is math review with a twist!
Your Students will LOVE the…
- summertime jokes
- knock knock jokes
- cell phone text messages
- spin the wheel
- cootie catchers (print version only