As the year winds down, I like to recruit my students to help with my end of the year check off list. I always have things that I like to clean out or do to before I wrap up the year. I like to leave my classroom feeling clutter-free, organized and clean. Recruiting students to help is a great way to keep them busy and it gives them a sense of ownership for their classroom they are going to say goodbye to.
1. Clean Out Pens
This is always a favorite task. I have my early finishers go through all of my markers (Crayola, dry-erase, sharpies,highlighters, etc). The test them out to be sure that they still work. They toss the ones that are almost empty or do not work.
2. Repair Book Hospital Books
I train some of my responsible students on how to be a book Dr. They take books from our class book hospital and they repair them. Disclaimer, I pre-select the ones that they repair. Some books are beyond the students doctor level, they require a teacher Dr. (me). I invented in a packaging tape dispenser a few years ago and it is a life saver when it comes to book Dr. work.
3. Sort Random Paper
I always accumulate a pile of random colored construction paper. When I open packs and have some left, I get lazy and have a pile that I just add to. So by the end of the year, I have a random mixed up pile of colored construction paper. I have a few of my early finishers sort out the paper into piles of the same color. They really could sort anything for you. You always have students who want to help!
4. Organize the Classroom Library
I have my classroom library pretty organized and I train my students early on how to keep it that way, but they are always stray books. I recruit some of my students to go through every tub and make sure the correct books are in each tub. If there are any labeling stickers missing or falling off, they set them aside for me to fix.
5. Shaving Cream Desks
A great way to clean off all of the dirt and grime from desks is shaving cream. Grab some from the dollar stare, spray some of each of your student desks and let your students have at it! They love it. It’s a few minutes of crazy laughter and chaos, but you will have clean desks.
Do you have your students help with end of the year pack-up? What are some activities you have them do to help you out?