Activity ideas for the end of the school year

End of year tips for teachers

This page is compilation of online resources to help you plan for the final weeks of school. You’ll find a variety of activities to use with your kids during the month of June, as well as general tips for the end of the school year.

Recommended Resources

Day- or Week-Long Activities for June
Super Subject Days- devote each day of the last week to one subject area!
Have a reading celebration!
Participate in Teach the Teacher Day!
Do a water station day!
Do a beach mini-unit!
Try some ocean-inspired activities!
Within Grade-Level Rotations: take each other’s classes every afternoon for a week and teach a favorite lesson or activity!

End-of-Year Academics/ Review Activities
Write autobiographies!
Write about it- end of year journal prompts!
Write a letter to next year’s class!
Goodnight Moon, Goodbye House… Goodbye Room (comparisons)!
Make “What I Learned” ice cream cones!
Name That Word- FUN vocabulary review!
Assign creative group research projects!
Perform in a “What We Know Math Show!”
Take a nature walk and write poems!
Enjoy your silent reading time outside!
Conduct science investigations with bubbles!
Make kites with acrostics, poems, stories, etc. on them, and go fly a kite!

Fun End-of-Year Stuff to Do
Do a word search with the class’ names!
Make class t-shirts!
Make tin can ice cream!
Make signed class frames with photos!
Make “Thumb-body Special” thank-you notes!
“Nice All Around” compliments (using computers)
Paint with bubbles!
Sing special songs!
Make a cool new bulletin board for next year’s class!
Give silly or serious End of Year awards! (printable)!
More award ideas
Create a class yearbook!
Bubble fun, beach party, smore’s science, and more!

General End-of-Year Tips
FUN ideas from Education World
Last day activities from The Teacher’s Corner
June lessons from The Teacher’s Guide
End-Of-Year reflection ideas from Scholastic
Teaching Heart End of Year page
More great end-of-year management tips from Teach.Net
EXCELLENT wrap-up tips from Barbara Gruber, M.A. and Sue Gruber M.A.
Kindergarten wrap-up, review, and graduation ideas from Hummingbird Educational Resource Center

End-of-Year Link Compilations
Vicki Blackwell links to a massive collection of end of year printables, lessons, poems, and more
Fantastic ideas submitted by real teachers at A to Z Teacher Stuff
Ideas for preschool and childcare center end-of-year activities with printable awards

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Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years of classroom experience and 7 years experience as an instructional coach. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has created printable curriculum resources, 4 books, 3 online courses, the Truth for Teachers podcast, and The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Subscribe via email to get her best content sent to your inbox!

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1 Gayle May 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I am a daycare director and need some ideas on what to do for our preschool end of year/spring program. I do the opening and usually read a poem but wanted something different this time….anybody got any ideas?


2 Lili Thomson June 7, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Wonderful ideas! Just what I needed fit the end of the year. Thank you!


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