Closing out the Year...From a Distance

What a year it has been...I read a quote online today where someone compared the end of this school year to unpacking from a vacation you never took...Such a weird, sad end of the year. I've been trying to find a way to celebrate all of the hard work my students have done and mark the beginning of summer. I wanted to get my students a little gift and celebrate their transition to first grade. In the past, the first grade intervention specialist and I would do a "Growing to First" activity. You can read about it and grab the freebies to do this activity here. To adapt this activity to the current situation, I record myself reading Little Seed's Journey and completed the activity as much as possible. I emailed the link of the video to parents and included a QR Code linked to the video in students' gift bags. 

In the video I also planted some flowers, the same ones sent to students.In the video, I also had the first grade intervention specialist tell students about herself and first grade so they could get to know her. I edited this in at the end of the video since we did not get together to record this.

I included these in students' bags

I included this printable in students' bags We talked about ways we can "grow" over the summer.

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I've now updated this activity to include first and second grade!! Click the picture to grab the FREE printables!

For the gift bags, I found a great deal on some here-available on Amazon.

In the bags, I included:
*Sunglasses! I have a low number of students so the 12 pack worked for me but I've also linked a 30 pack so you can save! :) 

Here is my son modeling an extra pair 😂😎

*Slime!-At the end of the year, I wanted to make slime with my students. Since we didn't get to do this, I sent the ingredients and directions to families so they could do this at home! I thought it would be a fun activity to combat the boredom too!

  • I have a super simple 3 ingredient recipe (baking soda, contact solution, and glue) included. Click here to grab the free printable!
  • Add a fun and free tag here!
  • Don't want to send the ingredients? Grab a great deal on BULK SLIME day shipping too! You can send students some slime as a gift along with the recipe so they can make their own later! :) 

I also wrote each student a card along with the "growing to first" activities, above, and their own seed packet.

Hope these freebies and links can help make your end of the year a little easier! What are you doing for the end for the end of the year? Leave me a comment!

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