We made it! Let’s say it louder because, after the hurricane of chaos that we all experienced in 2020, it’s deserved. WE MADE IT! This year has been the toughest year that many of us have experienced as educators. So, let’s end the year on a high note. What better way than with an end of the year memory book. Your students will get the chance to document what has definitely been a year to remember.
The end of the school year is such a wonderful time but let’s be honest, we’re tired by this point! Luckily, creating fun ways to end the year doesn’t have to be time-consuming. The End of Year Lapbook is a great writing activity for your little learners. Even better? It’s available in both printable and digital versions. Face to face or distance learning- you’re covered.
Creating Your End of The Year Memory Book
Building and completing the End of The Year Memory Lapbook is an activity that can be done in one long day or broken into pieces and finished over the course of a few days. Some teachers use it as an ELA center. Just show students a previously completed lapbook or photos and they can work independently. Even your reluctant writers will enjoy using the short writing prompts included in the lapbook.
The digital version of the End of the Year Lapbook is no prep. Simply assign the Google Slides to your students for them to fill out individually. For the printable version, students each need a file folder along with their own copies of the pages. This is an easy activity to use in socially distanced classrooms because students each have their own materials.
The End of the Year lapbook is customizable. You choose which of the following pages will work for your students:
Another benefit to these end of the year memory books? Students will love collecting the signatures of their friends when they’re done putting them together!
Other End Of Year Activities
Words of Wisdom
If you’re looking for another meaningful student reflection the Words of Wisdom Freebie is wonderful. Your students get to use everything they’ve gained throughout the year with you to write advice for your next group of students. Your current students will enjoy feeling so wise and your new class in the fall will love hearing the advice of the students who came before them.
Camp Read A Lot
Classroom transformations can feel overwhelming and expensive. It’s the end of the year and teachers are tired. However, changing your classroom into a brand new little world for your learners doesn’t have to be draining (financially or mentally). A lot of teachers in our Facebook group talk about hosting Camp Read A Lot year after year. It’s popular for good reason- students and teachers love it! Camp Read A Lot can be done inexpensively with a little creativity. Check out this post for more details on this classroom transformation. Since we’re teaching in the age of COVID this updated blog post has some great ideas to make Camp Read A Lot social distance friendly.
Beach Day Transformation
Try transforming your classroom in a day at the beach! It requires extra work but the looks of amazement from your students will be well worth it. Hand out leis, blow up some beach balls, and get some summer-themed learning activities ready to go! If you’re interested in this transformation, check out this blog post for more ideas and detailed information. (POST COMING SOON!)
End of the Year
Asking students to reflect with their end of the year memory book is a great way to finish strong and create a lasting momento for an unforgettable school year. While you’re thinking about the end of the year, now is a good time to start thinking about other necessities like awards and packing up. Check out those blog posts, if you’re looking for more ideas or inspiration.
End of the Year Memory Book Kit (Digital & Printable!)
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