friendship mini book |free download|

As a first year teacher, I am trying to figure out ways to keep 
my students engaged/entertained these last few weeks of school.  

My students are sooo done with school and I *ahem* amdonewithschool, too.

My Problem: I am finding it difficult to engage my students and keep them with me. 
My Solution: Make school incredibly, wonderfully fun.

Even though I have come up with a solution, 
school can still be a bit challenging at this point in the year.

Just in case you are having this same problem too, I thought I might share some of the things we have been doing in our classroom to... ummm... well... ya know... pass the time!

Last week we did some fun friendship building activities, since they will all be in the same class next year. We made Friendship Books (and you can too, by clicking here). After they assembled their books, they passed it to another classmate. I turned on some classical music and gave them a minute or two to write a nice compliment to the owner of the book. We continued to pass the books until every page was filled in. My students loved reading all the wonderful compliments from their friends and I am sure yours will, too!

You can download a copy of the book for FREE at my TpT store by clicking the picture below!

We have also done a few fun science experiments like the 
Diet Coke and Mentos Geyser (thanks for the idea Sydney) and Dancing Raisins

What fun things are you doing to... ummm... pass the time?


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  2. Oh my gosh, I know what you mean! I always feel so bad saying "i'm done with school" but we teachers feel the same as the kiddos when it gets so close to summer! Thanks for the cute ideas!
    Mrs. Bee
    ||Bee's KinderGarden

  3. At least you can do something fun. We're expected to be doing academics up to the very last day!!

    Seriously, we have 9 days left (really 8 for the 5th graders) and we have no less than 8 tests we're supposed to give in the last two weeks. It's so stupid!!

  4. I teach kindergarten and we've been testing our pants off, but we finally finished up last week. In these last 9 days, I plan on reading a lot of books "just for fun" (including some Junie B. Jones chapter books), having "free stations" instead of our normal literacy stations, and fitting in a few last minute lessons on money/time during math. Of course, recess will be longer than normal and I'm not complaining one bit! Oh...and we're also having an ice cream party (with their parents) on the last day! Hooray!

  5. Thanks for sharing with us!


  6. I keep my kiddos involved and having fun by doing lots of science! I do dancing raisins too! Check out my science post! :)


  7. great ideas! thanks for sharing :o)

  8. Hey!

    Do you have a blank template of your little books?

    They are so darn cute!

    Thanks :)

  9. I am one of the lucky Mothers that has a child with you as her teacher. I loved these books. It was so fun to read what the other kids said about my daughter. So cute!

  10. What a great idea! I love your solution that you posted, such a great teacher! :)
    Check out my latest post and link up:
    Wedding Link Up


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