Take the "Make Awards" off your "to do" list and delegate that to your students.
This will build self-esteem on both ends, get students even more excited about Awards Day, not because they're getting an award, but because they've made one and are enthusiastic about presenting it.
They'll also know how much time it took to create something special, and appreciate receiving their award a lot more.
I've included a "Text It!" iPhone writing prompt worksheet,
where students can pick a partner and "text" them a message.
be anything from what they plan to do for the summer, to a complimentary
You could also have
children write a message to one of your new students that you'll have in
the fall. They can tell them about a few things they really enjoyed
about this grade.
If your students are graduating from preschool or kindergarten, you can have children "text" a message of congratulations.
There's also a "Tweet It!" bookmark writing prompt
that can be used in the same fashion. I've included samples for both
that you can share with your kiddos to help explain things.
speech bubble note (with 3-on-a-page for quick printing) is even more
versatile, as you can also use it as a praise certificate or mini award.
Finally, there's an alphabetical list of 236 positive adjectives students can use to describe the classmate they are writing these notes for. It's a great way to build vocabulary, while improving self-esteem by complimenting their friend.
Click on the link to zip on over to my blog to grab them.
Wishing you a fantastic year-end celebration.
Diane, from TeachWithMe.com