From what I read in bloggyland, it sounds like many of you have finished school or will be finishing very shortly! Those who aren't yet finished will shortly be entering that crazy span of time when you still have teaching to accomplish but your students have basically checked out. Warm days, late nights, baseball games and flipflops vs. reading strategies, two-digit addition and book reports... which will win? Hmmm?
Don't give up the fight! Remember, if your school year is 180 days long, like it is here in NJ, and you have 18 days of school left, that's a whole 10% of your school year! And there's a lot that can still be accomplished in that 10%!!
That being said, we all know that it's so hard to keep some of our students motivated and focused, which pushes teachers to be super-creative. Games, projects, and more small group activities than ever! Stuff your centers with old favorites brought back again for some right-to-the-end review and with a few new items to keep interest high. I love to bring the old ones back out, just to hear those kiddos who'll exclaim about them in a loving voice like they're greeting long lost friends. :)
Here's a little freebie that might help out in your literacy centers, keeping kids on task while expanding reading vocabulary and decoding skills. Plus, the rules are so familiar that you won't need to spend time teaching them! Click on the cover to pick it up at Google Drive.
Summer Four-in-a-Row is part of a set of 10 four-in-a-row games at my TPT store. The themes include sight words, vowel patterns, question words, seasonal words, and even addition and subtraction facts.
Hang in there!!