I never imagined ending the school year without seeing my sweet little class again and celebrating with all of my end of the year activities. We have built such a fun classroom community and love to celebrate wonderful milestones together. So ending without a party is tearing me up!
This list of end of the year activities for virtual classroom celebrations will help commemorate our time together.
Ten Day Countdown Activities
Download Europe’s “The Final Countdown” & play it at the start of your daily meeting for the last ten days. You can also upload the link to your Google Classroom or remote learning schedule for students. They can listen to start their final school days. It will get them energized and give them another common song that binds them together in these last sad days. Music is so powerful!
In my real classroom at the end of the year, I strung up and numbered a batch of balloons with the numbers 0-10. Before I blew up each balloon, I slipped a piece of paper in each one announcing the special activity for the next day. We pop one at the end of each day to find out the next fun activity to look forward to. I prepared parents ahead of time with a list of things to have on hand for these days. I also sent home a reminder in their folders with what the next day would bring.
In our virtual celebration, I invited my students to meet me at 10:00 on our Google Meet each day. I play “The Final Countdown” song, announce and enjoy the days’ special activity. Then we will end our meeting with popping a balloon and announcing the next days’ activity. Your kids will really enjoy rocking out and bringing back air guitar, I promise!!
Here’s more details about how we’ll celebrate our days at the end of the year.
Lunch & Movie Day – I will invite them to lunch where we will eat together while on our Google Meet. On this day we’ll meet at 12:00 instead of 10:00. We will watch a preview of a movie together. I will download the link & they can finish it later if they want.
Dance Party Day – I will collect the kids’ favorite songs prior to the Meet, turn on my Spotify or Amazon Alexa & play the favorites while we’re on Google Meet. I absolutely love my Amazon Alexa and know many of my kids do too, so they’ll think I’m quite cool using it with them. They are into Freeze Dance where I turn my back on them & count to three before spinning around and trying to catch someone not frozen.
Read Aloud Outside Day – If the weather permits, ask them to go outside with their devices or just go outside with your own and read a great book outside to them.
Build a Fort Day – Ask them to Meet inside a fort they build with sheets and blankets or just build one yourself while you meet with them and have them take pictures while inside theirs & upload to share with you!
Ice Cream Day – Upload ice cream activities on your virtual classroom, directions for how to make ice cream and bring your own ice cream to the meeting. Have students write how they made ice cream or list the 10 best flavors.
Beach/Pirate Day – Dress like a pirate or a beach goer and read pirate books. Teach them pirate words, give them pirate names & try to use their new pirate name during the meeting.
Camping Day – Show them how to make s’mores, go inside a tent, bring a flashlight to the meeting, turn off the lights and play flashlight games.
Bubble Gum Day – Teach them about the origin of bubble gum. Read bubble gum books & show them how to blow a bubble. Upload bubble gum activities to your virtual classroom.
Awards Day & Last Day of School! – Invite Parents ahead of time to your meeting and present your virtual awards & slideshow. I used a packet of Powerpoint Awards I already purchased from Haley’s O’Connor’s End of the Year Survival Kit. They are editable and I copied them to my slideshow that I will share with my families on this day. I used Google Slides for this and a presentation chock full of pictures throughout the year. My parents added them to a folder I created on my Drive so that they were easy enough to pop into my slideshow. My all time favorite end-of-the-year tear jerker is Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World. It always is the perfect song to put with adorable children’s photos.
End of the Year Gifts
I was so excited to grab up the idea of using WordArt.com to make an individual memory page for each of my kids. They are super easy and turn out so cute that their parents are going to want to frame these! I decided to purchase a one-month membership for $29.99 which turned out cheaper than the 25 download package. Please click this link
We would normally be creating all kinds of projects together to remember all our days together. Instead I created a Google Form to fill out some of their highlights of the year. I created a giant list of all the fun we had this year and I made sure I had their own personal favorites emphasized. I used their favorite colors to personalize their own WordArt that I can upload and send right to them. If I am super ambitious I will copy them onto cardstock and deliver them to their front porches. We’ll see!