Ending the Year with a BANG…You Can Too!

I know, I know….life is crazy busy right now! Everything is winding down, but for some reason that makes school even that much more hectic! If you are like me, you are feeling the crunch. I have way too many things to think about over the next few weeks, so I am trying to wrap up my end of the year planning (which only includes a bazillion things)! You feel me?!? Tell me you do! 

Here are a few things that we will be doing to wrap up the year!

We are in the process of finishing our EOY writing portfolios. These are turning out so super cute and the kids can not wait for our writing celebration so they can reveal all of their fabulous writings/projects to their parents.

Here is how they are looking so far…



Now we just have to add a few pictures, complete the writing on the back, get our classmates signatures, add our writings, and we are ready to go! If you are interested in a EOY writing portfolio, you can check out my unit by clicking the picture below.


During our writing celebration, we will also put the finishing touches on our time capsules that we have been working on this year! This is a great way to end the year and make goals for the future!



Today I finished up my classroom awards for the year. I am excited to try out a little something new by incorporating classroom superlatives. This year, my kiddos will be casting votes for their classmates, and I know they will just love what their friends award them! (AND…if I don’t like what they choose, I can always fudge it a bit!) I think that this will be the perfect ending to a fabulous year!

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Along with these awards, the students will also be planning for their future (or…next school year)! :)

They will be making director’s chairs and will write about what they will do when they direct their own life movie next year!

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If you need some last minute awards and a fun writing project, you can check out this newbie by clicking on the picture below!


And finally, we are in the beginning stages of our Dig into Learning buckets. My mom volunteers for my classroom on Wednesdays, and she has already promised a reward to the student that comes back with all addition and subtraction facts completely memorized! The competition is ON! :)

If you need an exciting way to motivate students through the summer, you can snag this unit at my shop.


Now, if we can just manage to get all of this finished, life will be good…REAL good!

All of the units above will be on sale in my TPT shop until Sunday night! Get them while they’re hot! :)

We’ve almost made it, friends!!! Have a great week (or what’s left)!


  1. Love your EOY Writing Portfolio. I added it to my wish list at TPT!!!

  2. Totally just bought all 3! I just love your stuff!!! These are all so adorable. I needed motivation for the writing portfolios and those are perfect. Thanks for your creativity. :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  3. I just found your blog. I am moving to second grad next year and I was looking for new resources. I am a new folder.


  4. I LOVE this idea! So super cute! I am a new follower! Come check my blog out!


  5. wow! I am in love with your blog!! you have the most amazing ideas :)
    I am a new follower!
    stop by my blog if you get a chance!

    Miss Elementary

  6. I love these ideas! I want to use them with my second graders next year. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Heather at TeachItToday