End of Year Gift Ideas!
For SO many of my blogging friends, the school year has come to an end or is almost at an end. My school still has 3 days left after today. We finish on June 7 for the kiddos and teachers work until the 12th. I know that a lot of you have wrapped up your year, but for those that haven't and for those coming up with your ideas for next year, I have two end of year ideas I want to share with you. One is something I have done for a few years now and one is brand new!
For the past four or five years, I have made books for my students at the end of each year. This book is a sampling of the student's writing and his/her illustrations. I start collecting samples for this book on the first day of school, where my students write their names, draw self-portraits, and write about what they did over the summer. This is a great first day morning work activity and it also gives me an immediate assessment as to each student's writing abilities. Then throughout the year, I collect items that we type during centers or at the computer lab, as well as published writing pieces, and even poetry. I love seeing the looks on their faces when they see the books. Most students do NOT believe that the first day writing sample actually belongs to them. Here are a few pictures of this year's books. (Sorry, the pictures didn't turn out too well.)
The second end of year idea I wanted to share, is something I purchased during the Teacher Appreciation Sales. I purchased was called Candy Awards by Hope King. Here are a few pics of my awards and candy/poems. Each award comes with a super cute matching poem and corresponding candy. I can't wait to share these with my students!
What special things do you do for your students at the end of the year? I always love to hear new, fun ideas!