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And just like that, you blinked and the end of the school year is here… said no teacher EVER! The truth is that by April, most of us are crossing the days off our calendars, crawling to the finish line. After all, teaching is definitely NOT for the faint of heart. And I don’t know what is in the water after Spring Break, but everyone is just about done – students and teachers alike. This is precisely why end of the year classroom activities are so important. They get us to the finishing line! As teachers, we want our end of the year classroom activities to be fun and engaging while still being rigorous to help us avoid any unwanted behaviors and end the year with a bang!
So, if you are looking for fun and engaging end of the year classroom activities in Spanish to do with your students, I got you covered! In this blog post, I am sharing my five go-to end of the year activities for Spanish class. These activities are highly engaging, rigorous, and fun! All you need to end the year well with your students is right here.
What I look for when I am planning my end of the year classroom activities
Whenever I start planning my end of the year activities, I look for activities that…
💗we don’t get a chance to do throughout the year
💗review skills we learned throughout the year in an innovative way
💗offer real-life experiences
💗cause students to reflect on the year they had
For those of us who teach upper elementary, we are often “done” teaching all of our standards before our students take any state assessments. And although it can be amazing to finish that last reading unit, we now need to come up with activities to “fill in the time” between the end of state assessments and the beginning of summer vacation.
This is dangerous territory to be in! We may be tempted to just look for easy, “busy” work. But if we don’t keep our students engaged, behaviors begin to escalate.
This is why the end of the year classroom activities we choose to do are so important.
Best end of the year classroom activities in Spanish
Here are some of my favorite end of the year activities in Spanish for upper elementary students. These activities are engaging, provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge to solve real world problems, and my students love them.
Project-based learning activities are my go-to end of the year classroom activities in Spanish. I love how students have to apply what they have learned across multiple subjects to solve one single problem.
Because these activities can be time consuming, we don’t often get a chance to do them throughout the school year. So those last few weeks of school are the perfect time to work on them.
Puppet show PBL activity in Spanish
My favorite project-based learning activity for the end of the school year is this “Produce your own puppet show activity” in Spanish.
In this activity, students are asked to produce a puppet show for their community. In order to do that, students must design their own puppets and backgrounds, come up with a story, and create ads to invite people to come to their show. They must also keep track of their expenses to determine how much money they should charge for each ticket.
This activity combines math, reading, writing, art, and communication skills in a real-life scenario. My students LOVE this activity!
The end of the year is a great time to get students writing. In my classroom, we spend a lot of time throughout the year writing. But since our schedule is a lot more flexible during the last few weeks of school, we can dive deeper into a writing project.
My favorite writing project for the end of the school year is to have my students write and perform their own puppet shows. This end of the year activity pairs perfectly with the PBL activity I mentioned earlier in this blog post. This is a winner in my classroom year after year.
Write your own puppet show – Writing activity in Spanish
Drama is one of the last skills we cover in reading class. So the end of the year is the perfect time to give my students an opportunity to practice writing a play or, in this case, a puppet show.
For this activity, students work in groups of 3-4 students to write a script for a puppet show. I give my students graphic organizers that guide them through the entire writing process. There are graphic organizers for developing the plot, the characters, and the setting, as well as checklists for revising and editing.
Students must tell their stories using dialogue and include stage directions to guide the actors and help readers picture what is happening on stage.
The best part is that, at the end, I let the students rehearse and perform their plays to the class. If we are running out of time, I ask them to record their plays and then I host a viewing party. During the viewing party, each student can choose the plays they want to watch on their own devices. I have an entire blog post about writing celebrations, including how to host a digital viewing party. You can click here to read more about it.
Another one of my favorite end of the year classroom activities is research. I love teaching research! In fact, I have written an entire blog post about how I teach research in my classroom. You can click here to read more about that.
I often wait until after state assessments to teach research because our schedule is more flexible. This means I can give my students more time to explore their topics.
Research packets and booklets in Spanish
My favorite way to teach research is to give my students research packets that guide them through the research process. Researching can be very daunting, even for adults! So by giving my students a packet they can follow, I help them stay on track. They are still 100% responsible for finding their own sources. After all, that is the point of researching!
When they are done completing their research packets, they publish their findings in their research booklets. My students love it!
End of the Year Reflections
As we get closer to the last days of school, I like to slow things down just a bit. My favorite way to do that is with an end of the year reflection activity.
I think it is important to teach students to think about what they have done in the past, and how it has impacted their lives. I also think it is important to think about the future and set new goals.
End of the year reflection newspaper
I love creating end of the year reflection newspapers with my students. I like that this activity involves writing, so it is still rigorous. However, because students are sharing about themselves, it is not so intimidating.
In this activity, students write about their favorite memories, things they learned over the past year, and someone who made a difference in their lives. They also get to illustrate their newspapers.
Personally, I like to give my students a manila file folder, so they can glue each page of their newspaper into each of the sides of the folder. The end result looks like a book or a newspaper.
End of the Year activities packet
It’s the last day of school, and you need something that your students can work on while you get some last minute things done. Time to pull out an activity packet! These heroes of the classroom are my go-to when I need my students to stay busy and engaged for a little while.
They require no prep and very few supplies, which is fantastic for the last day of school.
Personally, I like to choose an activity packet that includes independent, partner, and group activities. I find that by giving my students opportunities to talk to their peers, they are more likely to stay on task and less likely to misbehave.
There you have it…
My five favorite end of the year classroom activities in Spanish for upper elementary students. Which of these activities will you be doing with your students? Let me know in the comments.