May 4, 2013

Calming the Chaos

Welcome to the Calming the Chaos Blog Hop hosted by 2peasandadog.
All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly. Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two!
Happy Hopping

My main priority is keeping my kids engaged using fun activities throughout the end of the year! Let's be honest- you could get a little silly if you were being assessed like crazy at the end of the year. 

Each day I plan a fun activity for my students. Something different, something they will love, and something that will make these last two weeks (tear) a bit more fun and memorable!

I have included a cute countdown poster for your kiddos to keep track the days left!

I use the envelope approach. If you are using balloons you are braver that I am and YOU ROCK! I have two kiddos in my room who would not appreciate the loud popping noise but maybe next year I will be crazy brave and use balloons. 

Here are the number cards for the envelopes:

The best part- number the balloons and envelopes so you can choose the "mysterious" fun activity for the day. Planning on having lunch in the classroom on the last day - stick that card in the envelope!

The set up and prep is simple. Decide how many days you want your students to participate for. Gather envelopes or balloons for that amount of days. Label the envelopes and balloons. Choose your activities and put the cards in the envelopes or fold them and put them in the ballon. To present them to your students you could write them a note or even have an administrator write them a letter about the year ending and the exciting adventures ahead. 

I have included  35 activities for your students to enjoy! 

Sample activity:

My End of Year Countdown to Summer activity is usually $4.00 in my TPT store. But for the next 24 hours I will make it FREE! Hop over a grab a copy for your students to use!

Once you grab my FREEBIE and hop over to the other blogs on this list! Show some love if you download the freebies!

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  1. Carrie,

    What an awesome freebie! I am so excited to use this with my class (envelopes this year for me too, for sure).

    Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade

  2. I must be missing a step. It keeps showing $4.00 in my cart when I try to download. What am I doing wrong?

    1. The freebie was for yesterday. Send me your email and I will email it to you!