How To Host An End-of-the-Year "Pick"-Nic!

14 May 2016 / Leave a Comment

Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.

Are you wondering how to keep your primary students engaged during the last days of your school year?  Do you want to make some lasting memories with your class?  Then plan to provide a daily "pick"-nic of learning privileges for them to choose from!  Offering a choice of tasks they must or may do will keep them on target and on task!
I have 10 days left to review, reminisce, assess, and keep my energetic learners interested!  A week or so ago, we brainstormed a list of learning privileges and extra activities that they wanted to enjoy.  I then created, laminated, and wrote their choices on "Pick A Privilege" cards that we've been pulling out each morning or afternoon to liven up our schedule and provide an incentive for staying focused and cooperative.

Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.

Let's face it, my friends.  This time of year is when students check-out, give less-than-stellar effort, and test school rules.  There is no shame in pulling out your bag (or picnic basket) of tricks and teasers to coax, cajole, and keep them cooperative and collaborative!

Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.

Now you are probably thinking......"Yikes!  I don't have any extra minutes or the money at this time of year to pull together a daily countdown of activities!"  Never fear!  I've put together a picture list of ideas that are either free or cost very little, and includes supplies that you probably have stored in your classroom cupboards!

Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.

Blow bubbles at recess or break out the hula hoops and jump ropes for some good, old-fashioned fun!

Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.

If it is raining outside, provide a  Dixie Cup Building Challenge
and encourage them to work in teams to
create and problem-solve!

Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.

Provide a special snack that they can either graph or create arrays with as a fun way to practice Math skills!


Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.
Give their brains and bodies a break by hosting a 
GO NOODLE dance party!  There is a new
Finding Dory exercise video that my class loves!


Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.

Read an extra chapter of your current read aloud book!

Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.

Host a Shaving Cream Spelling Party to practice
word work and rhyming!  Your classroom
will smell good and your desks will be really clean when
you are done!

Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.

Sharpen mental math skills, practice place value, and review concepts of greater and less than by playing Number Bingo!  Use Smartie candies as markers!

Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.

Provide paper and pencils for students to draw along with Steve Harpster over at HARPTOONS!  They will love transforming numbers and letters into a 
variety of creatures!

I've included the templates I used to make my idea and countdown cards, along with the bulletin board accents featured in the photo above!  Click {HERE} to grab your set and you'll be ready to print, laminate, and pack a plentiful "pick-nic" basket of learning activities for your own students!  Enjoy!

Make some great group memories and provide a  "pick-nic" of  activities for students to choose from as your school year draws to a close!  Students will stay interested and engaged given a choice of hands-on learning activities.

As always, thanks for sharing my story! Continue to hold a song in your heart and teach your children well! Be sure to visit me at Stories and Songs in Second for more ideas and resources to help you work "smarter not harder" in your teaching life!

Check out some other end-of-the-year ideas I've collected on Pinterest as well!

Warm Regards,

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