It’s the end of the school year, and you are #teachertired! Ready to move on with the school year so you can do more important things throughout the summer, like professional development – just kidding! I meant SLEEP!
Before you say goodbye to your sweet, little students, it’s time you give them some deserved recognition because you have been with them for almost 180 days. Well, you’re in luck because I have planned the perfect end-of-the-year class party and it doesn’t take a lot of effort.
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Nacho Average Year!
My friend introduced me to this party and sold me when she said it was cheap and easy! I used to have pizza parties, but I always stress collecting money and making sure the pizza would show up on time. This Nacho Party is where it’s at!
End of Year Class Party Dress
First, let’s start with the dress. You will need a white T-shirt or a white dress and set aside some permanent markers at a table, and allow your students to draw or write a message to you.
My students drew sweet pictures, and they also wrote me lovely messages on my dress. I got to wear it all day, and they loved it! I recommend having your students draw or write their messages a week or at least a few days before your actual class party.
What’s on the class party menu?
Having a taco party is inexpensive and easy to do. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:
- Slow cooker liners
- Nacho cheese
- 4 bags of nacho chips
Additional toppings may include:
- Diced tomatoes
- Jalapenos (for the adults)
- Sour cream
It is easy to turn the slow cooker on in the morning and let the cheese warm until after lunch. And the best part is you don’t have to collect money for a pizza delivery that shows up late.
Taco Bout a Great Year Memory Book
This memory book is so much fun! In the morning, we start with our papers. Students fold the taco sheet and cut along the black lines. Then, they fold the other pages and staple the book together. Next, they trim the pages to look like toppings stuffed in a taco. Finally, we spend the morning reflecting and writing in our memory books.
Students love these and they are super easy to create!
You might want to consider creating a photo booth. I like to use props from the target dollar spot. I’ve also used table cloths or even a large, black trash bag as a backdrop. I just cut it open to create a large backdrop. You could even use bulletin board paper.
This makes for an entertaining space where parents can take their pictures with the students, or you can take the pictures of your students and send it to the parents on Classdojo, SeeSaw, or wherever you communicate with them.
End of the Year Class Awards
The next thing I like to do is hand out awards. I like to recognize each one of my students for their special gifts and talents. I created these editable awards. They come in color or black and white and don’t use a lot of ink. I made 30 of them so I could find something for every child in my class.
I also created them so that you could use them on Google slides if you decide to have a virtual end of year party.
End of the Year Celebration
After awards, I like to have a pinata. I usually take it outside and let the parents handle it, but you could also do it for fun. You can put the candy inside, or you can have small bags of candy premade if you think it will overstimulate your students. Your students will love this at the end of the class party!
End of the Year Student Gifts
We end our Taco party with student gifts. Here are 10 simple end-of-the-year student gifts that don’t break the bank! Most often, I’ll give my students sunglasses, bubbles, and a book. I’ve given them other things before, too, so make sure you check out those ideas.