Favorite End of School Year Activity
What are your favorite end-of-the-year activities? One of my favorites for the end of the school year is to have the students create "Memory Wheels."
Memory Wheels Steps
When we create our memory wheels, we take time to brainstorm a huge list of all the things we did during the school year - field trips, special lessons, special events, activities students may have been involved in, etc.
2) Choosing and Creating
Then students choose their top 6-8 memories and put those on their memory wheel. Students write "6th Grade" or "6th Grade Memories" in the center, and then write a heading and/or sentence or two in each section. They create illustrations to go with the sentences in each section. Then they add color!
Students use a template to help them create their wheels, and I have them use either oak tag or large white construction paper.
3) Display the Memory Wheels
I laminate the wheels and display them for the end of the year, so students can see and share their classmates' memories:-)
Then I save the wheels to put up at the beginning of the new school year!
Creating these wheels gives students a chance to reminisce about the school year, and the wheels give the incoming students a chance to see what the "old" students thought was fun about their 6th grade school year. AND, the 7th-graders who left their wheels behind like to come back to visit and pick their wheels up:-)
Other Wheel Template Uses:
The wheels could also be used at the beginning of the year, as a "getting to know you" activity. The student's name would go in the center circle. The student would need to choose 8 things to share about him/herself, and then write a brief description of them and illustrate them. I haven't used the wheel in this way yet, but I like the idea:)
The wheel templates can be used for any type of project, at any time during the school year. In the past, I have used the wheels as a book report project: students choose main events from the book to feature in each section, they write a brief description of each event, and then illustrate each one. The title and author are written in the center circle.
Update: I've created quite a few wheels in different content areas! Check them out here!
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