30 End-of-Year Assignments and Activities for Every Grade


The school year is coming to a close! Now is the time to celebrate achievements and reflect on the memories of all that’s happened. Read on to find creative ideas for end-of-year assignments and activities that will get your students remembering all of the great things they accomplished in the last nine months, and looking forward to exciting days ahead.

1. List what you’ve learned from A to Z.

End of Year A to Z Teaching With Jennifer Findley

What a great way to look back over what kids have learned! For each letter of the alphabet, have them write and illustrate something they learned or did throughout the year. Hit the link below to get a free printable template for this project. (This isn’t just for little kids—any grade will be challenged by this activity on their own or as a group.)

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2. Send thank you notes.

This is a skill every kid should learn—writing and sending thank you notes. Have kids write a note to someone who made their school year special, then seal them in envelopes, address them, and deliver by hand or mail. And while you’re at it, why not write a thank you note to your own class?

Source: Cult of Pedagogy

3. Post best-of-the-year snapshots.

End of Year Assignments

Ask your students to sum up their favorite school-year memory (Science Fair? Field Day? Creative class presentations?) in one snapshot. Younger kids can draw pictures of the event, while older kids are likely to have a photo on their phone they’d be willing to share. Assemble them on a bulletin board with a few words from each student about what made that moment so special.

Source: Little Soaring Eagles

4. Count the days.

Instead of counting down the days until the end, count up the days from the year behind you! Get students counting by having them use a calendar to figure out how many Mondays you’ve had this year, how many Fridays, how many P.E. days and how many Jello-in-the-cafeteria days. Then work together to make a bar graph and hang it on the wall.

5. Let the students become the teachers.

Take a break and let the students lead the class for a change. If you’re reviewing material for finals or an end-of-year test, have each kid (or a group) lead the review session on a particular topic. You can also have your kids create their own lesson on a topic they’re passionate about. And we love this idea of having kids in one grade make and present lessons on what students in the grade below them can expect to learn the following year. There are a lot of options here, and all of them give you time to take a breather!

6. Talk behind each other’s backs (really!).

Have your students help tape a piece of lined paper to one another’s backs. Have each student get out a felt-tipped marker (not a Sharpie—it may bleed through). Set a timer and put on some favorite music. Let the students mix around the room and write a positive message on each student’s paper. For example, The best thing about you is …, What I appreciate most about you is …, I remember …, etc. After a set amount of time, have students stop, remove their papers from their backs and enjoy reading the words of love from their classmates (and you too!).

7. Coast into summer.