Teaching is an ever-evolving field, and we are constantly on the lookout for new ways to enhance our classroom experiences – especially when we are in survival mode at the end of the year! This blog post aims to provide a comprehensive list of free and low-cost resources that can be easily integrated into any classroom setting.
I’ll share five free resources and five low-cost resources, followed by tips on how to maximize their use.
End of the Year FREE Resources
Prodigy is an engaging, game-based platform that helps students practice and improve their math skills. It’s like a fun wizard game that covers a wide range of topics and aligns with the curriculum, making it a great addition to any classroom.
Next on the list is Fact Monster. This is an online encyclopedia designed for students. It covers a wide range of subjects so your students can explore almost anything their heart desires. The website also includes interactive quizzes and games, making learning fun and meaningful.
ABCYa Typing Games
Well, I love ABCYa, but I especially love the typing games because, at the end of the year, they can still be slow! ABCYa offers a variety of typing games that help students improve their typing skills while having fun. These games can be easily integrated into lessons that focus on keyboarding and computer literacy.
Spring Math Games
Another game we like to play is my Spring Math Games. Here’s a free resource that offers easy engagement for kids. These games are made for Google Slides, and they also include audio and animations to immerse your students in the fun.
Random Acts of Kindness
Let’s face it. Kids can get WILD at the end of the year. That’s why I think these RAK Tickets are essential for any classroom! All you need to do is download and print. Next, have a student cut the tickets and hang them anywhere in your school.
End of the Year Low-Cost Resources
These STEAM Boxes provide hands-on activities and challenges that encourage students to think critically and creatively. This low-cost resource covers a variety of STEAM topics and can easily be integrated into any classroom.
Fact Fluency Games (Addition & Subtraction)
In addition to STEAM Boxes, these Fact Fluency Games are fantastic for creating high-interest centers and building fluency. These games help students practice and improve their math skills. They include printable board games and STEM activities.
Taco Memory Book
This fun and creative memory book allows students to taco ’bout their favorite memories from the school year. The taco-themed design is sure to be a hit with students and can be easily used for a themed party. Check out this blog post to learn about our low-cost Taco Party!
End of the Year STEAM
This resource offers a variety of end of the year STEAM activities that are designed to keep students engaged and learning. The activities cover a range of subjects, including science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
Digital Math Games
Finally, I love using these Digital Math Games at the end of the year. Students can play these games on an interactive whiteboard or on a personal device. These Google Slides games can be used with Google Classroom. This low-cost resource covers a wide range of math skills so that you can bridge gaps right up to the end of the year.
Tips for Maximizing Resources
These resources are meant to supplement what you already have, but they can be a lifesaver at the end of the year when you and your students are ready to checkout.
Start by incorporating these resources into your existing curriculum to enhance and enrich your lessons. This will create a more engaging and interactive learning environment for your students.
Additionally, tailor the resources to address the unique learning styles and abilities of your students. You can give them opportunities to choose which activity they want to participate in using my Editable Choice Boards. I like to create a QR code for the website and insert it onto the Choice Board so that students can scan and go.
Don’t stop here! Work with your colleagues to exchange ideas and brainstorm creative ways to utilize them in the classroom. Perhaps you can even do classroom rotations. This can lead to a more diverse and dynamic educational experience for your students.
In conclusion, the free and low-cost resources listed above are just a few examples of the many tools available to teachers. By exploring and utilizing these resources, teachers can create a more engaging and interactive classroom experience for their students.
Remember to customize resources to meet the needs of your students, integrate them into your lesson plans, and collaborate with your fellow educators to make the most of these valuable tools.
The possibilities for enhancing your classroom are virtually endless, so be sure to stay open-minded and embrace the wealth of resources at your fingertips!
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