For many classrooms in the northern hemisphere, the end of the school year is coming near. Is it possible that the first day of school feels like yesterday and forever ago, all at the same time? Yup.

Here’s a collection of terrific end-of-year resources, from memory books to craftivities to certificates and awards. Celebrate your students and the amazing learning that happened this year. And celebrate YOU, because it’s YOU that made that learning possible.

Memory Books and End-of-Year Lapbooks: Create handmade keepsakes about special moments from the year

End of Year Memory Lapbook
End of Year Memory Lapbook from Jane Feener

A few fun options…

 

Craftivities: Break out the markers, paper, scissors, and fun

A Snapshot of My School Year Craftivity (End of the Year)
A Snapshot of My School Year Craftivity from Laura Bensley

Get crafty with…

 

End-of-Year Awards: Because every student deserves to be recognized

End Of Year Certificate Awards for Teens, #HashtagStyle!
End Of Year Certificate Awards for Teens, #HashtagStyle! from Teachers Resource Force

Celebrate their special accomplishments by presenting them with..

 

Activities to Take With Them: Help your learners avoid the summer slide

Summer Reading Package: Assignment, Essay Prompts & Optional Reading Lists
Summer Reading Package from Carla McLeod

For active minds all summer long, try…

 

And check out some Teacher-Authors’ terrific blog posts. Find ideas for exciting end-of-year projects and events as well as tips for managing super-high stress levels:

End-of-the-Year Art Projects to Keep Hands Busy
What I Have Learned loves doing this fun project (and so do her students)!

From What I Have Learned: “Here’s a blog post about some fun art projects that we do during the final weeks of school.”

From Get Caught Engineering – STEM for Kids: “When testing seasons is complete, we always plan lots of amazing activities that engage the students and celebrate their year. From the traditional field day to class picnics to concerts and performances to a talent show to a week of ‘messy science’ and special guest speakers, it’s a busy and memorable conclusion to the year. Recently, we’ve added an Engineering Day for the entire school. Last year’s event was a Superhero STEM Day with each class being assigned a superhero and a corresponding engineering activity. We blogged about our event and shared ideas and resources.”

8 Mistakes Teachers Make at the End of the School Year
Not embracing students’ energy. Forgetting to document. See Kacie Travis’ list of 8 mistakes teachers make.

From Kacie Travis: “The end of the year can be stressful! Teachers can make it go smoothly by avoiding common traps! I wrote 8 Mistakes Teachers Make at the End of the School Year to provide teachers with some useful strategies to help them stay sane.”

From Elementary Matters: “Report cards, end-of-year assessments, record keeping, end-of-year reviewing, packing up, squirmy children, lack of sleep, hot days, and more. Welcome to the end of the school year! Here are Five Ways to Survive the Last Two Weeks.”

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