Meaningful Activities for the End of the School Year

As we move toward the end of the school year, sometimes it's hard to keep focused on the important work we do!  I know lots of teachers do end-of-year countdowns and so on...but to be honest, I am a pretty big fan of teaching to the end--but I'm not a fool!  I like to incorporate engaging activities where students might not even realize they are working hard and applying everything they learned through the rest of the year!
Finding meaningful and fun end-of-year activities for third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade can be challenging. This blog post is full of engaging and meaningful activities to do in the last week of school. Low prep activities, easy to prep and fun for students. End of year math, end of year printables, end of year lessons, creativity lessons, STEM activities


I thought I'd share some ideas with you in case you are looking for meaningful, end-of-year work!

Open-Ended Math Tasks and Project Based Learning

After a full year of math, I love to challenge my students with open-ended math tasks that require them to APPLY their knowledge in unique ways.  When students can collaborate and cooperate--the learning becomes even more rich with math talk, problem-solving, and complexity.  This Amusement Park Challenge is GREAT for this time of year...but I have used a number of different tasks in the past.  Check out the bundle of all seven of these challenges here!  They are differentiated challenges, easy to print--and students love the real world challenges!
Finding meaningful and fun end-of-year activities for third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade can be challenging. This blog post is full of engaging and meaningful activities to do in the last week of school. Low prep activities, easy to prep and fun for students. End of year math, end of year printables, end of year lessons

I also like to use some of these smaller open-ended challenges--perfect to fill in between units or to ask students to apply skills in different ways.  Here is the most recent set...if you click it, you can see the description of it and the others in the series.

Mind Bogging Math Challenges

I usually use my Mind Boggling Math Challenge at the beginning of the year to work on perseverance, precision, and cooperation.  At THIS time of the year, I kick it up a notch by using my decimals/money edition!  I love that students can be completely independent, that they are working on adding and subtracting decimals BUT they are doing it in a rigorous way that is steeped in number sense and problem solving!   They can work on it in pairs...independently...as a part of a math center...you choose.  I love that while students are working, I can pull small groups for reteaching or interventions.

Finding meaningful and fun end-of-year activities for third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade can be challenging. This blog post is full of engaging and meaningful activities to do in the last week of school. Low prep activities, easy to prep and fun for students. End of year math, end of year printables, end of year lessons

Creativity Challenges

Let's face it...sometimes we work SO hard at covering our content that we forget that there are other components to student learning.  I am a HUGE believer in nurturing creativity--and helping students understand the importance of it.  Although I work in some of these activities all year, the end of the school year is a great time to remind students about how important creativity is--and to give them these different explorations to try.  From math to art to writing to playing with words...I love that this creativity bundle makes sure that ALL students have a way to shine!

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Finding meaningful and fun end-of-year activities for third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade can be challenging. This blog post is full of engaging and meaningful activities to do in the last week of school. Low prep activities, easy to prep and fun for students. End of year math, end of year printables, end of year lessons, teaching creativity

Cooperative Learning, STEM Challenges, and Teamwork

Getting students ACTIVE in the last weeks of school is so important.  Finding easy to prep and set up STEM challenges and other cooperative activities keep students moving and excited about learning!  These are perfect--and what I love is that you can do them once and stress the teamwork--or truly work like engineers and try them, make observations, make improvements, retest, and so on.  I love just hanging back and watching my students now that they really "get" how to work together! Just click the images below to learn more.

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Some "Just for Fun" Getting Ready for Summer Activities

Sometimes we just need to have a little fun--and these word problems and this set of low ink "Getting Reading for Summer" activities might be just what the doctor ordered!  I print some of these up to have on hand when I have one of those weird gaps in my schedule in those last weeks.  The students enjoy them, and I love to have some "fillers" that have some educational merit!
Finding meaningful and fun end-of-year activities for third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade can be challenging. This blog post is full of engaging and meaningful activities to do in the last week of school. Low prep activities, easy to prep and fun for students. End of year math, end of year printables, end of year lessons, STEM activities  Finding meaningful and fun end-of-year activities for third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade can be challenging. This blog post is full of engaging and meaningful activities to do in the last week of school. Low prep activities, easy to prep and fun for students. End of year math, end of year printables, end of year lessons, STEM activities

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Finding meaningful and fun end-of-year activities for third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade can be challenging. This blog post is full of engaging and meaningful activities to do in the last week of school. Low prep activities, easy to prep and fun for students. End of year math, end of year printables, end of year lessons, STEM activities


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