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Getting through those last few weeks of school can be challenging. Students are ready to be done and teachers are just as ready for a (much needed) break. Incorporating fun end of year celebration activities into those weeks can be a lifesaver (and work really as behavior incentives)! Here are a few of my favorite […]

The post End of Year Celebration Ideas and Activities (4th and 5th Graders) appeared first on Teaching with Jennifer Findley.

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The end of the year and making solar ovens seem to go hand and hand. The sun is shining, students are excited for summer break, and we need to pull out the stops to keep them engaged and learning. Enter…the solar oven project! This post will share the materials and directions to have your students […]

The post Solar Oven Project with Free Printables appeared first on Teaching with Jennifer Findley.

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Graduation season is upon us and with it comes the quest for graduation song ideas. From the sentimental to the upbeat, graduation songs for kids can cement memories and remind students of how much they’ve accomplished. Here are 20 popular graduation songs for elementary school ceremonies! For more ideas for graduation ceremonies for 5th graders, […]

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STEM challenges that involve few supplies and encourage lots of creativity are my favorite to incorporate into the classroom. This paper clip STEM challenge fits those characteristics perfectly! It also works well as an independent, partner, or team challenge. This post breaks down the steps for implementing this simple STEM activity into your classroom (with […]

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Even upper elementary students love read alouds, and especially at the end of the year. The end of the year is a great time to read short picture books as most of the time your novels or class read alouds have been wrapped up. This post will share three of my favorite end of the […]

The post End of Year Read Alouds for 3rd-5th Grade appeared first on Teaching with Jennifer Findley.

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One of my favorite end of the year activities is definitely making ice cream in a bag. This student-approved end of year activity can also double as an end of the year celebration. And, use the FREE reading passage included in the download to integrate this into literacy, making this activity admin approved as well! […]

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STEM activities using pencils are easy to prep and implement for back to school and end of the year challenges. This post will share three of my favorite stem activities with pencils, including free printables to help you execute these activities in your classroom. Pencil Stem Challenges- Materials These are the materials needed for all […]

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I always love having quick no-prep activities on hand during those final two weeks of school for those random minutes in between all.the.things going on. I’ve already shared my go-to end of year math activities and end of year literacy activities, but this post will also share some freebies that are not subject-specific (and one […]

The post FREE End of the Year Activities for 4th and 5th Grade appeared first on Teaching with Jennifer Findley.

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As the year winds down, I always love having my students reflect and share their thoughts about the year. In a similar way as my reading interest inventory questions, I take a slightly different approach to my students’ end of year reflection. This post will share the reflection questions and some different ways to implement […]

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By the time the end of the school year arrives, I am digging down deep in my bag of tricks and searching my resources for new ideas to engage my students. Often, we have used our best activities and resources well before the final month of school. This post will give you some fresh end […]

The post Free End of Year Writing Prompts appeared first on Teaching with Jennifer Findley.

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