Wednesday, May 14, 2014

End of the Year Writing

Hi friends! I'm joining up with some of my favorite blogging buddies to give you some end of the year ideas to help you survive the chaos of the weeks ahead. 


At the end of each year, I always have my kids write a letter to next years class telling them about me, something fun they will do, what they will learn, our classroom rules and anything else they feel like sharing. This gets them excited about learning and is a great way to review our school year. 

We spent the first day or two working on our graphic organizer. We brainstormed ideas on the board together and then they and to choose two things to write down in each box. I think I enjoyed this more than they did. I loved seeing them come up with what they have learned and for the first time this year, they were actually excited about writing. #proudteachermomentforsure

When it came to the part to write down something the teacher doesn't like just about all of them wrote that I don't like that song What Does the Fox Say. HA! I can not stand that song. I refuse to play it for them and we don't do that brain break!


This fun writing activity is perfect for the end of the school year. Your students will write letters to the class coming up and share all kinds of information that they learned. Come see the letters my students wrote and grab this FREE writing template too!

This fun writing activity is perfect for the end of the school year. Your students will write letters to the class coming up and share all kinds of information that they learned. Come see the letters my students wrote and grab this FREE writing template too!

After we spent a few days making our graphic organizer it was time to start the letter process. We just wrapped up our letter writing unit a few weeks ago so I was anxious to see these skills put to the test. They did a really great job and not one of them complained. 

This fun writing activity is perfect for the end of the school year. Your students will write letters to the class coming up and share all kinds of information that they learned. Come see the letters my students wrote and grab this FREE writing template too!

They all turned out great but here are some of my favorites. 

*One thing you'll need to know is she will take a lot of pictures* TRUE STORY! :)
This fun writing activity is perfect for the end of the school year. Your students will write letters to the class coming up and share all kinds of information that they learned. Come see the letters my students wrote and grab this FREE writing template too!

*Mrs. Bernethy does not like it when you lie.*
This fun writing activity is perfect for the end of the school year. Your students will write letters to the class coming up and share all kinds of information that they learned. Come see the letters my students wrote and grab this FREE writing template too!

This fun writing activity is perfect for the end of the school year. Your students will write letters to the class coming up and share all kinds of information that they learned. Come see the letters my students wrote and grab this FREE writing template too!

*I love that he said Go Noodle! We haven't used it very long but it has been a huge hit!*
This fun writing activity is perfect for the end of the school year. Your students will write letters to the class coming up and share all kinds of information that they learned. Come see the letters my students wrote and grab this FREE writing template too!

This fun writing activity is perfect for the end of the school year. Your students will write letters to the class coming up and share all kinds of information that they learned. Come see the letters my students wrote and grab this FREE writing template too!

Didn't they do a good job?!? Writing has been such a struggle for us this year so I'm loving one of our final pieces and seeing how far they have come. You can get this writing organizer and template by clicking here. I've included grades 1-5. 

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This fun writing activity is perfect for the end of the school year. Your students will write letters to the class coming up and share all kinds of information that they learned. Come see the letters my students wrote and grab this FREE writing template too!


Are you looking for more fun EOY ideas? Check out my EOY Pinterest Board!  


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9 comments:

  1. I really like how you helped the kids brainstorm ideas to write about for their letters. And you should be proud... these letters look FANTASTIC!!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

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    1. I am with Angela! Those are some mighty impressive letters!
      Jean
      Diving Into 2nd Grade

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    2. Girl! They were definitely a labor of love. Several days, lots of editing, and lots of review! Thank you!

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  2. Awesome! There's a typo on all the versions except 2nd grade. The instructions tell the kids to write about second grade, no matter what grade they're in.

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    1. Whoops! Sorry about that Bonnie. Thanks so much for letting me know. It is now fixed.

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  3. Hahaha, I love the part about singing What Does The Fox Say! Mine would be "Let It Go!" ;) Thanks for this cute freebie!

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  4. Love your graphic organizer! And it cracks me up how certain classes remember things...a boy I taught several years ago asked if I still did my 'evil eye death glare'! (And the answer is yes, although this year's class does not know it by that name. That is the look I give if you even think about misbehaving at an assembly, graduation, mass, you name it!)

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  5. Great idea!! I have some really great writers in my class, we will use this for sure!

    Jamie

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  6. Used this organizer today! We will leave them on our desks for the Fly-Up event : when each class visits the next grade up. The 1st graders can read these on the 2nd grade desks. Love reading what they think I don't like!! Next year, I'll start earlier so we con do the actual writing! Thank you!!

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