I'm sad the year is coming to an end. Truly. Switching to this school has been fantastic. I hope I can be here for awhile. This year is especially hard because not only have I really connected with these kids, but I have seen so much growth. Serious growth. This weekend as I was lesson planning, I started to think about how much I want the kids to recognize their own growth. I started pulling out all of my old "end of the year" activities, that to be honest, were simply filler activities to get through the last week of school, and I realized that they all had one of the three criteria that I wanted for the end of this year: they were fun. But I realized that they were missing a genuine connection to our classwork from this year. I didn't just want them to be fun, but I want the students to have a chance to apply what they have learned and reflect upon how far they have come this year. I wish I could be the 7th grade teacher who gets to teach them next year. They are so prepared. Anyway, I took all of those activities and reworked them so that they would have all three of the pieces I wanted.
One of my favorite activities is a Literature Class Mosaic. Our school completed an awesome activity this year where every student in the school contributed to a mosaic mural of our building. It was breathtaking. (Not exaggerating at all here - when I first saw it all put together I got chills.)
To continue with that idea, I created an activity where the kids create a square about their favorite things from the year: a class novel, favorite quote, characters, favorite assignment, etc. I plan to put the board together and have it up in my room to start next year. I'm super excited to do this. I think it will be especially great for open house.
All of these activities can be found in a set in my TPT store; however, I'm going to put the mosaic activity up as a freebie. The set includes all sorts of things: plot diagram of the year, letter writing activities, Top 5 lists, making connections, etc., etc.. Looking forward to a great month of May!
Here's the freebie-
And here is my full set of activities: