How do you get through those last days?

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Registered: 07-16-2001
How do you get through those last days?
Sun, 05-25-2003 - 10:25am
I have 2 1/2 days left. I'm beginning to count down the hours! My kids are all getting tired of each other, the bickering is driving me nuts, and my room has to be completely packed. The only way that's going to happen is to pop in a 14 hour movie, which I won't do.

Who has ideas for things to do on those last days that will keep them busy and learning, but won't give them permission to go nuts? I found an idea to have them write a letter to next year's students giving them tips on third grade (those should be interesting), but that's about all I have.

Anyone else have ideas?

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Registered: 05-25-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 1:52am
I would suggest, having a movie afternoon. Make sure your moive choice is a good long one. My ideas are to let the kids know ahead of time and have them bring pillows, blankets etc to keep them comfortable. Also, because kids can get bored with movies, let them draw or do another quiet desk activity as well. Another suggestion to help you and the kids, buy shaving cream, spray it on the desks and let the kids have fun! This helps you as well because it cleans the desks and gives you some packing time. Good Luck!
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 12:34pm
We always have a 1/2 day DEAR party (drop everything and read). It is a lot of fun. The kids bring in blankets, pillows, and of course, BOOKS! I bring popcorn, fruit and juice. We sit and read all morning munching on snacks. If it is nice we will go outside and read.

I suggest 1/2 day for 3rd grade. I have 5th graders and they could probably do a whole day if I let them. Maybe you could even have a read aloud time every few hours to give their eyes a break. Turn off the lights and have the students listen to a book on tape. (I'm brainstorming on the spur of the moment! LOL!)

Another idea, while I'm brainstorming here, have the students design a game that fits the curriculum. They come up with the rules, the board, the cards, etc. Then you can use it for next year's class. This works really well with math, but other subjects would work well too! It might take longer than 2 1/2 days, though.

I have spent a 1/2 day cleaning with the kids. I list the jobs, give them the supplies and let them go at it!

I also have made a giant game of concentration that the students play outside or in the gym. Place matching words on pieces of construction paper. Then lay them out in a giant square. The kids get to turn two pieces over. If they match, they get to keep them. If they don't match, turn them back over and it's the next person's turn. If anyone talks, they lose their next turn. I give out suckers for the winners. You can have the matching words simple (ie: 1+1 = 2 matches 1+1=2) or you can have it harder (ie: 1+1 matches 2) The kids can play in small teams or individually.

Have fun!


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Registered: 03-24-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 4:24pm
We all feel your pain! I always had my students make a memory book. I prepared pages with headings such as: My Friends..., My Favorite Things to DO..., The Year's Most Special Memory...., My World..., anything that they can write about that will be fun to look at in the years ahead. I provide covers, a copy of their picture, and a special letter that I prepare for them to add. They decorate the covers and pages before putting the book together. This takes quite a while and I can always get a lot done while they are writing and drawing. You can have music, a movie or an education TV program on too.




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Registered: 04-09-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 9:38pm
I teach 2nd grade (going to 3rd next year) and this works pretty well for us. First, discuss what a good attribute is (i.e. this person has good handwriting, this person is always nice, this person always follows directions, this person is a good leader, etc...). Then put the names of all the students on the board and have the children copy them on to their own piece of paper. Each student keeps their paper at their own desk so that the other class members can write something positive about them on it by their own name.

For example:

Melissa puts are classmates names (Joe and Ashley, etc.) on her paper. Then Melissa leaves her paper on her desk and Joe comes by, finds his name and write: Melissa is a good reader. Next, Ashley will come by, find her name and write her message: Melissa has very nice handwriting. It goes on until each student has signed every paper. When they are done, you can collect them and type them up for the student to keep in their memory book.

One goal we add is that you can't duplicate anything on the paper. For example, Joe and Ashley can't both use: Melissa is a good reader. That makes it take more time, because the students really start having to read what the others have written before deciding what to write. I hope that made sense and I didn't ramble too much! Good luck, this was my first year teaching and I can definitely say, that I am READY for summer!!!!


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Wed, 05-28-2003 - 12:53am
DUCT TAPE AND PRAYERS is how I've gotten through this week. Our last 2 half-days are tomorrow, and I have come SO close to telling the kids just what I think of (some of)them...

The little angel that lives on my shoulder has earned overtime pay!

Then there's the faculty. Somehow, I got assigned a powerpoint presentation... the science teacher who had the photos didn't get them to me until 10 am, and then was griping at me the whole day... she complained on the phone to her mom about how I couldn't get this done. Did I mention that the presentation is for a luncheon TOMORROW?!

I had a line ready for her...referring to Texas stereotypes... but the angel intervened yet again and WRAPPED the duct tape around my head and arms ('cause I was poised to backhand slap her without moving from my chair).

GET ME OUTTA HERE!!! My "unprofessional, rank amateur" is showing!!!

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 7:25pm
Well, we made memory books and watched a movie yesterday. This morning, we cleaned and cleaned and wrote letters to next year's students. I have yet to read those- I'm a little scared!

Tomorrow is NOT going to be fun. I must get things packed, and they all want to help, but they really are more of a burden.

3 1/2 hours left!!!

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Fri, 05-30-2003 - 10:36pm
Well, I'm a bit late for your last few days, but for next year, or for anyone else with time left..........another good one is to have them write letters to their next teacher.

For example, if you're 3rd grade, they would write:

Dear Fourth Grade Teacher,

........and then tell about themselves. This gives the next teacher a heads up on what subjects they like/dislike, what other activities they participate in, etc. It helps the next teacher figure out what books to choose for them, activities to plan, etc. The kids like knowing that someone is going to read them and actually care what they are all about, too.

These are the days where I miss being in a regular classroom setting because I can't always do fun end-of-the-year things like this. I do, though, sometimes take entire classes to give homeroom teachers a break. I take them to my very small, very cramped room and we read, do some predicting and re-telling, etc. I sometimes give a small treat, maybe even an extra recess, and then I take them back. That way the homeroom teachers get a small break from the entire class, and I get a break from the endless mounds of paperwork that come from being a Reading Specialist! lol


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Registered: 04-05-2003
Wed, 06-04-2003 - 8:52pm
Here are some things I did last year, I teach 5th grade, but you might be able to use them.

First I have students think of the books they read individually, as a class, or that I read aloud to them throughout the year. They pick their favorite book and then write a summary and a brief persuasive paragraph about why someone should read that book. Then, they draw a picture illustrating a scene from the book. This, naturally takes a good bit of time. When finished I pick about 10 or 15 to put on my fall bulletin board titled "You otter read these books" (it has an otter reading a book). So I have a bulletin board made, the kids enjoy it and then I just cover it for the summer and pull the sheets down in the fall!

Second I have my students write a letter to themselves about what they think next year will be like (my kids are going to middle school). What are their hopes and fears etc. they bring in stamped, self addressed envelope and I hold the letters until the last day of school NEXT year. Then I mail them. I just started this last year, so I have a batch to mail next week - my kids this year are thrilled that I still have letters from last years class that I will be mailing next week - they know some of these kids so it is exciting to them.

I do have them write directions for how to survive in the 5th grade for next years class, I put these on these on desks the first day of school so my kids remember getting them in September.

Also, because my kids are leaving the school, I have them think about all the adults who have worked with them while they were at our school (preK to 5). They design thank you notes to these people and deliver them.

Hope this helps!