This school year was definitely different than most. It will go down in history! There is so much to do before we get to summer vacation, but I still try to make sure I include some truly exciting activities to make sure it is a year to remember for my students!
I like to spend the last week reflecting on the year we have had and the memories we have made together. I hand out student gifts (check out some fun and easy gift ideas here!), and do some activities that will ensure we can end the year with a bang.
Here are my five favorite end of the year activities
“Fly Into Summer” with this paper airplane STEM activity. What kid doesn’t love creating their paper airplanes and seeing how far they fly? This STEM challenge will engage students as they collect data and use measurement skills. It even includes Google Slides for those who are learning remotely. You can add in a literature connection by having students research the history of airplanes and the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, and Bessie Coleman.
Create End Of The Year STEM Awards. This is a collection of thirty classroom awards. Students create their Oscars (tin foil sculptures) and then vote for their classmates for the award that fits them most. Teachers then assemble the Oscar-like statues and present the awards Hollywood style! Your students will love this activity!
Jumping Frog STEM Activity. This is a fun STEM activity that will have students create origami frogs to test their jumping abilities. Students will problem solve and think critically as they complete this engaging challenge. You’ll love how excited they are when testing their frogs and testing how far their frog will jump!
Camping STEM Challenges. Get students excited for summer break with these activities! It includes 3 different activities where students will design and construct boats, tents, and fishing poles. Your students will love exploring the theme of camping with this STEM resource.
STEM Maze Challenges. This is a STEM activity where students design and construct a maze using recycling items! Your students will think critically while comparing and contrasting mazes and be engaged as they go through the Engineering Process and research the history of mazes. You’ll also get a Google Slides link so students can enjoy it even if they are learning from home!
These exciting end-of-the-year activities are a great way to increase engagement and encourage students to think creatively and critically. You will definitely go down as a teacher your students will remember!
What are your favorite ways to end the school year? Let me know in the comments!