Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Reading Activities for the Last Weeks of School



I have 6 more days, y'all! SIX! I'm going to miss these kids, but goodness am I ready for summer!
Now is a hard time to teach... tons of school events and end of the year celebrations are taking place and the schedule is a bit rushed at times. For example, tomorrow and Friday we will be on a short schedule due to the AR party and a school event. Since next week is the last week of school, some kids will start staying home early in the week, which makes trying to plan lessons and activities hard. I've created 5 activities/ideas to fill in time or to use during a short schedule. 

We did this the day before spring break and it was a HUGE hit! I displayed them in the classroom and the kids LOVE it! They recreated the cover on one side of the paper and wrote a summary on the other side. We will award the winners on Friday :)

You can find the printable for this here :)


Just have kids bring their beach towels and their book and enjoy reading out in the pretty weather! If weather isn't cooperating with you, you can always push the desks back in the classroom and read!

You can find the printable here :)


This one is my favorite! My kids know I'm obsessed with Harry Potter so I think they'll love this one. Simply google a picture of Hogwarts and display it on the board. Find the soundtrack to Harry Potter on Youtube and play it through your computer. The kids can read around the room while listening to the sounds of Harry Potter :) :) 

Do you have any fun ideas to survive the last weeks of school? Share below! 

6 comments:

  1. Hey Leslie Ann! Thanks for these incredible ideas. This is my first year teaching and I'm in fifth grade in Northern Virginia. I'm extremely excited because I'm moving to Wilmington, NC and will be teaching fifth grade language arts and social studies! This means that I'll be in the south and teaching one of the same subjects as you! I'm so excited to have more time to use and try out some of the stuff you're doing on here! I hope to start my own blog one day too :) Thanks for all you do!

    PS- I follow you on GoodReads too!

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    1. Yay! 5th grade is the best! You must start a blog! It's so fun! :) Don't you just love GoodReads? I spend way too much time on there and always come away with some great recommendations :)

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  2. Hi Leslie Ann! Just wanted to tell you that the links for the book recommendations and the top 10 list are the same. :)

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    1. It's the same document...it contains two pages :) I did that so it would be easier to upload (for me!) and download (for y'all!)

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  3. Great ideas! I am going to try the Harry Potter activity this year. Another fun activity is partner plays. My students even like to write and perform their own. It's a great way to incorporate reading and writing together.

    Please hop over to my blog and read my very first post. I follow you and would be honored to have another blogger give me feedback...I am new to the Blog World.
    http://mariefoxworth.wix.com/thefoxymermaid Thank you and enjoy the break.

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    1. Love that idea! I'll have to try it out next week. You'll love blogging! It's a great way to share ideas with others and reflect on your teaching! :)

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