The end is near! Every year it seems that the months just fly by. I don't know how this is possible since the days and weeks last FOREVER, but the months sure don't! I remember meeting my littles on the first day very clearly, and the wonder and hope we all shared.
Now, we're looking ahead to the last couple of months. We're finishing up lessons, reviewing what we've already learned, and starting to think about preventing that summer slide. I absolutely love end of the year centers for these reasons. I can prep it all in March or April and rotate them out for the next few weeks. By this time of the year, the kids are independent in centers and I'm able to do targeted interventions or reteach as needed.
Clip cards are perfect for our littlest learners. They can work on fine motor while reviewing academic skills. These pretty clothespins came from Walmart and they were less than $1! I love adding seasonal colors and props into our centers.
Place value can be tricky for my kinders and firsties so we practice quite a bit. For this game, students roll a die or two and add that many base ten blocks to their game board. The first player to get to 100 wins. I give my students only 10 "ones" each so that they HAVE to trade them out for a "ten" when they get past ten ones. It's perfect for practicing regrouping. The 2nd grade edition includes ones, tens, and hundreds and players race to 1,000.
By this point in the year, we've practiced fact families for several weeks already. With this center, students can practice this skill independently. I used this as a write the room last year, but I'm loving having the kids move to center stations and housing all the cards in one place. Placing them in a basket or sensory bin keeps them all in one place and prevents a card or two from getting lost. The kids still get movement in when they switch centers and with the flexible seating choices available.
ALL of my students have loved measuring things. I don't know what it is, but give them some manipulatives they go nuts! :) The kindergarten and 1st grade units both have non-standard measurement recording sheets and the 2nd grade unit has options for inches and centimeters.
Each grade level has a different Bump! game. Kindergarten has roll 2 dice and cover, 1st grade has roll 3 dice and cover, and 2nd grade has roll 3 dice and subtract the sum from 50. Plenty of options to keep them on their toes!
In Texas, our littles take the TEMI test three times a year to measure their math skills. One of the tasks is number sequencing. Kindergarteners are expected to sequence numbers to 20 and first graders are expected to sequence to 100. With this activity, students fill in the missing number on the pail and record the sequence on their answer sheet. The 2nd grade version works on number patterns/skip counting.
Another way we practice sequencing is with these write the room cards. The kindergarten version has students writing the next two numbers. 1st grade writes the number that is ten more, and ten more after that. 2nd grade adds on 100.
I love roll and covers, can you tell? They're just so simple and the kiddos are engaged the whole time! With this one, they roll and add 10. 2nd graders roll 2 dice and double their sum. Kinders roll and cover with 2 dice. (Yes, I know there is a typo on this image. The file has been updated since I took this pic.)
Comparing numbers can be tricky for many of my students. They know which way to read the number, but for some reason, they forget sometimes. I like giving them these and reviewing place value orders. The kindergarten version compares numbers to 20, 1st grade compares to 100, and 2nd grade works with numbers to 1,000.
There are time games in both the 1st and 2nd grade units, but this one is my favorite. Students spin the spinners and write the hour and minute that the spinner lands on. They can practice writing the digital time and putting the hands on the clocks.
Whew! That was super long. I hope you got some valuable ideas for the end of the school year. I love prepping everything early so May isn't quite as overwhelming as it could be. What's your favorite thing about the end of the school year? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great day!