It's that time of year
Anyone who doesn't think that "spring fever" is an actual thing is NOT a teacher! We are all doing what we can to keep our sanity right now. (I just realized that we only have 2 weeks of school left!) So here are some simple concrete activities and tips to help you make it through the final push. And be sure to follow Justin Slocum Bailey's advice and cut yourself some slack.
1-Write, Draw, Pass (From Martina Bex) This is one of my favorite super-low-prep, fun, and engaging activities. The potential for amazing follow-up activities is huge-kids write true/false questions, cut them up and have the kids match the drawings to the sentences, cut them up and play Memory. So many things!
2-Running dictation (Also from Martina Bex, but this post is from another blog) Get your kids up and moving with another low-prep activity. (I have some videos of this on my Instagram page.)
3-Qui a volé les biscuits de la boîte à biscuits? There are a lot of ways to modify this, and I'll soon be publishing a blog post highlighting a couple of my adaptations that connect directly to what we're doing in class.
4-Kahoot/Socrative/Quizlet-Not only do these activities take some of the pressure off of us, they are great assessment tools.
5-Textivate-These take less than 5 minutes to prepare, and have a TON of activities. Great for days when you just need a little down time (or for a sub!)
6-Tongue twisters-Always good for a laugh, and great pronunciation practice
7-Movie Talks-Don't reinvent the wheel, STEAL ALL OF MY STUFF!!
8-Guess the number-I often use this as a brain break because it's quick and easy. Write a number on a white board or piece of paper, and hide it from the students. Students guess numbers, and you tell them either "too high" or "too low." The great thing about this is you can do it with any size group of numbers. With my kindergarteners, I start with 0-10. I will increase the range as the kids get older and have a greater knowledge base with numbers.
For more activities and ideas, check out these other posts from Justin:
Zero prep activities
That thing you used to do
And be sure to visit my blog!
Allison Litten, the 2019 VFLA TOY, teaches French at the Marion Cross School, a public PreK-6 school in Norwich, Vermont. This is her twenty-third year teaching, and twentieth at Marion Cross.