Teaching middle school is not for the faint of heart, especially at the end of the school year. Students are excited about summer vacation, and that can cause a variety of classroom management issues. I’m always exhausted at the end of the school year and find it is wise to plan engaging activities for my middle school students to keep stressful situations at bay.
Watching a movie is a classic end of the year activity!
I hardly ever watch movies in class, so I don’t feel guilty about showing one at the end of the year. Of course, it is vital that whatever we watch be aligned to ELA standards. This page provides free resources for various popular films! I printed the guides in color and had students write the central ideas of some of the reading passages. We would watch the movie in small chunks over several days, and students worked collaboratively on the central idea activity afterward. It was such a stress-free few days, and it allowed me time to work on finalizing grades and packing up for the year.
Your students will love reading about these end of the year topics!
Your students will become even more excited for the end of the year and their upcoming summer vacations after reading these differentiated passages about swimming pools and summer vacations. These reading comprehension passages are written at two levels and include reading comprehension questions, a writing assignment, and a differentiated context clues activity. These print and go activities are ideal for independent work so that you can finalize grades and work on tidying up your room!
Engage your students in a novel way to make inferences with text message analysis!
Students are used to practicing making inferences, but not in this format! My end of the year text message analysis activity is an engaging resource that your middle school students will love! Students read a variety of summer-themed conversations and then make inferences and cite evidence to support their answers.
Your students will love coloring and practicing reading comprehension skills at the same time!
Break out the crayons for this activity that your students will really love! Students will read sentences and use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. Afterward, they color in the boxes to reveal a summer-themed mystery image!
The end of the year can be very exciting, but student behaviors can also make it quite stressful. These end of the year activities can make those last few days with your middle school students more enjoyable and far more productive and are available in a money-saving bundle!