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3 Fun EOY Activities for your Bilingual Classroom

The end of the year is looming and students are getting antsy, the to-do list is never ending and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get all the cleaning/packing done. In the bilingual classroom we know the workload is double.

First, I want to tell you that you are doing amazing! Look at all the growth your students have shown from the first day of school to the end of the year. It is incredible and they couldn’t have done it without YOU! Thank you!

Now, you may be looking for fun activities to keep your students engaged during the last few days of school. Here are 3 fun activities you can try in your bilingual classroom:

Classroom Scrapbook

This is a great, low prep activity that will also yield a special take home gift at the end of the year. Have each student write a page about their favorite memory of the school year. Be sure to let them know that their writing will be shared with the rest of the class. Go through the entire writing process: brainstorming(bubble map or create a list), writing(use writing journals or loose leaf paper), editing, revising and publishing(provide lined copy paper with space for an illustration). Then, make copies to create a booklet for each student to take home.

Board Game Day

An oldie, but a goodie! Set a designated day where students can bring a game board from home to play with their classmates. Simple, yet engaging and effective! If you really want to take it up a notch, have students create their own board games to review different concepts. I always did this for our Math block.

This can turn into a week long project where students are grouped together and assigned a skill/concept. For example: group 1 = place value, group2= fractions, group 3= area & perimeter and group 4= elapsed time. Have materials on hand such as construction paper, colors, markers, glue etc. and let their creativity shine as students create a board game that incorporates their assigned skill and target language (spanish or english).

Bilingual Gratitude Writing Activity

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on everything we are grateful for. It is important for students to think about how far they’ve come and feel proud of their accomplishments. This is why I created a 5 Days of Gratitude Writing Activity for the End of the Year. Students will receive a different gratitude related prompt each day for 5 days. At the end of the week they will have a small booklet filled with their gratitude reflections and illustrations to take home over the summer. As always, all of my resources are available in English and Spanish. Download the 5 Days of Gratitude FREEBIE here!

I hope you find these activities helpful!

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