The end of the year is in sight! Woo hoo! The beginning of the school year back in the fall of 2018 seems like it was so long ago, and yet, simultaneously, this school year has flown by. But, since we are here at the end of the school year already, let’s take some time to reflect on the year and how it went. These free reflection writing prompts are the perfect resource to help your elementary students think about how the school year went for them!
With Teacher Appreciation Week coming up at the end of the school year, it’s a great time to get your students thinking about what they learned from you this year — and maybe they can show some appreciation in their writing responses?! 😉 For example, task card #13 in this set asks, “What person at our school made the biggest impact on your this year? What impact did this person have?” Sounds like the perfect opportunity for your students to gush about you, if you ask me! (I’m just teasing — but it sure is nice when our students recognize how hard we work for them!)
There are 24 task cards in this free set, which means there are lots of great questions to get your elementary students thinking critically about the school year and how it went for them. I recommend using these task cards as writing prompts, but you can also use them as discussion prompts to encourage your students to share with each other how the year went for them. It could make for a fun bonding activity as the school year winds down!
The first 20 task cards have a yellow “End of the Year” title on them, as you can see in the screenshots here. These task cards all have reflection questions that, like I said above, you can assign as writing prompts or that you can use as discussion prompts. If you’re using them as writing prompts, you can even add them as a station in your centers rotations! These would make for a great activity for your students to work independently.
However, the last four task cards have an orange “End of the Year” title on them, as shown below. These four task cards ask students to write a letter; each task card has a different letter-writing prompt on it. The prompts still encourage students to reflect, but they have to think more creatively with these prompts, since they’re writing a letter to someone else, rather than simply answering a question!
No matter how you use these free task cards, they are sure to get your students reflecting on the school year: what they learned, what they liked about the year, what they could have done better, what they might do next school year. I hope the reflection questions generate a lot of critical thinking and good discussion in your classroom!
If you’re looking for more writing prompts or discussion prompts that you can use this spring, then check out these free “Would You Rather” questions!