Calming the Chaos: End of Year Survival Tips for Teachers

Make your end of the year activities exciting. Teachers - try these low prep and engaging lesson ideas in your classroom from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

This week, I began to notice the “end of school year” behaviours starting to emerge in my classroom. IT IS ONLY MAY!!! – I wanted to shout, but I didn’t. Instead, I focused my energy on long term unit planning to keep my 8th graders on track for two more months. Ontario public schools finish the last week of June. 

To help all of us “Calm the Chaos” that might become of our classrooms over the next two months, here are my best tips for the end of the year. 

End of the Year Survival Ideas 

  • Read a book that ties into a movie, then watch the movie and compare using this assignment
  • Have an ice cream sundae, Popsicle, or Freeze party (if your school allows)
  • Outdoor read alouds (these were my favourite as a child)
  • Take lessons outside – Science, Geography, Math -find ways to bring these curriculum concepts to life in the real world outside the classroom
  • Take your class on a modern day treasure hunt using the Geocaching website
  • Act out scenes from read alouds
  • Create a class signature page for each child where everyone writes something nice about that student
  • Have each student or in pairs/triads create a top ten list of things they loved about this year then compile the most popular ideas on to class anchor chart paper for display
  • Write thank you notes to school staff who have inspired or helped them that year
  • Write a whole class letter to a future class and seal it in a time capsule with objects that represent the year – open it in September with your new class
  • Have students self-assesss their learning skills
  • Students can give the teacher a “report card” more information here
  • Incorporate lots of hands on activities in Science, Math, Language Arts check out these websites: Forensics Who Dunnit?
  • Use less paper and more time on individual white boards
  • Try collaborative writing try out collaborative writing tasks using Interactive Writing Prompts and the Alphabet Story Assignment

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  • Reply
    Madame Aiello
    May 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for including me in this great blog hop. I think we all need to add a new trick or two to our repertoire at this point in the year to keep the kiddos engaged and learning!

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    Sue Cahalane
    May 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Happy to be a part of your blog hop Kristy! Lots of great ideas here!

    Science for Kids Blog

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    Hoots and Hollers
    May 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks so much for the great ideas! Just found your blog through the hop and have become a follower!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

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    Darlene Anne
    May 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Kristy!
    I've discovered some wonderful blogs and found terrific freebies on the blog hop! Thank you for putting it together!

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    Colleen Bergin
    May 4, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for including me in the blog hop! This is such a terrific idea! Love all the freebies and ideas I am finding in this hop 🙂

    Bergin's classroom

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    Dinah Ely thetravelingclassroom
    May 4, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you for hosting and including me in this hop! I am having so much fun:)

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    Mrs. Rios
    May 5, 2013 at 1:19 am


    Thanks for all your time, and hard work putting this Blog Hop together!

    Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade

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    Marcy Fambro
    May 5, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Thank you for including me in the blog hop! I am finding some great ideas!!

    Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

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    Mrs. Harris Teaches
    May 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for hosting this blog hop and including me – it is exciting! Cheers,
    Mrs. Harris Teaches Science!

  • Reply
    May 9, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Thank you so much for your ideas in this post! I really love your "teacher report card" idea and I will be using that soon. I am a first year middle school teacher and I had never experienced the end of year change in attitudes until now! I just wrote a post about some of the crazy behaviors that have sprung up in my class recently so it's nice to hear I'm not the only one. Thanks again for this great post!

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