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3 Creative End of Year Activities for After State Testing

As the end of the school year approaches, students and teachers alike are eagerly looking to unwind with fun end of year activities after the rigors of state testing. After months of intense preparation and focus, it’s essential to recharge before the summer break. And what better way to do that than by engaging in some creative and fun activities?

In this article, we will explore three end of year activities that will allow students to relax, express their creativity, and tap into their imagination. These activities will not only provide a much-needed break from assessments but also offer opportunities for students to showcase their talents and explore new interests.

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The Importance of Unwinding and Getting Creative After State Testing

So, if you’re looking for engaging and enjoyable ways to wind down after state testing, look no further. Get ready to unwind and get creative with these three fantastic end of year activities.

State testing can be a stressful time for both students and teachers. The pressure to perform well and meet academic expectations can take a toll on everyone involved. That’s why it’s crucial to prioritize the well-being of students and provide them with opportunities to unwind and get creative after the assessments are over.

Engaging in creative activities not only allows students to take a break from the demands of testing but also helps in developing important skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and self-expression. These activities provide a safe and supportive environment for students to explore their interests, discover new talents, and build confidence.

Furthermore, taking the time to unwind and engage in creative endeavors can have a positive impact on students’ mental health. It allows them to release stress, express their emotions, and develop a sense of mindfulness. By prioritizing their well-being and fostering their creativity, we can help students develop a lifelong love for learning and self-expression.

1. End of Year Reflection Journals

One of the best ways to unwind after state testing is by encouraging students to reflect on their accomplishments and experiences throughout the school year. End of year reflection journals provide an opportunity for students to express their thoughts, emotions, and aspirations in a safe and supportive environment.

To start, provide each student with a blank journal or notebook. Encourage them to personalize their journals by decorating the covers with drawings, stickers, or inspirational quotes. Next, prompt students to reflect on their academic achievements, personal growth, and any challenges they have overcome. They can write about their favorite subjects, memorable moments with friends, or even their goals for the upcoming summer break.

In addition to written reflections, encourage students to get creative by incorporating drawings, collages, or photographs into their journals. They can illustrate their favorite memories, create visual representations of their goals, or even include sketches of their dream summer adventures. By combining written and visual elements, students can tap into different modes of expression and make their reflection journals truly unique. End of year activities in the form of reflection journals not only provide a cathartic outlet for students but also serve as a valuable keepsake that they can look back on in years to come. It’s a wonderful way for them to celebrate their achievements and reflect on their growth throughout the school year.

2. Found Object Sculptures

Another fantastic end of year activity is creating found object sculptures. This activity encourages students to think outside the box and repurpose everyday objects in imaginative ways. It’s a great opportunity for them to explore their creativity, experiment with different materials, and collaborate with their peers.

To begin, gather a variety of objects such as bottle caps, cardboard tubes, buttons, and old toys. Provide each student or group of students with a collection of these objects and challenge them to create a sculpture using only the materials provided. Encourage them to think creatively and consider the shapes, textures, and colors of the objects they are working with.

As students work on their sculptures, they can experiment with different techniques such as stacking, balancing, and attaching objects together. They can also explore different ways to manipulate the objects, such as bending, folding, or cutting them to create unique shapes and forms. This activity allows students to engage their problem-solving skills and encourages them to think critically about the materials they are using.

Once the sculptures are complete, have a gallery walk where students can showcase their creations and share the inspiration behind their designs. This activity not only fosters creativity and imagination but also promotes collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills.

3. End of Year Activities: Dice Roll Games

Drawing prompts and dice roll games are a fun and interactive way for students to unleash their creativity and explore different art styles and techniques. This activity allows students to let go of any stress or pressure from state testing and express themselves through art.

Abstract portraits are a favorite theme for teachers using dice roll games in their classrooms. This one, based on the work of artist Paul Klee, offers teachers a low-prep, no-stress art lesson that includes compare and contrast activities and reflection pages. It makes it so easy for any teacher to incorporate art into their classroom while also offering some opportunities for writing. The writing prompts included in this resource are great for having students read and share each other’s work.

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Another teacher favorite for end of year creativity is this dice roll art lesson bundle. Any teacher can use this End of Year Art Bundle in their classroom, making it perfect for “must-do May” activities. Plus, when the countdown to summer gets underway, this bundle is sure to keep students engaged and excited until the very end!

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The long-term impact of prioritizing creativity after state testing

As the school year comes to a close, it’s crucial to prioritize student well-being and creativity after the stress of state testing. Engaging in end of the year activities that allow students to relax, express their creativity, and tap into their imagination can have a long-term impact on their overall well-being and academic success.

By providing opportunities for students to reflect, create, explore, and practice mindfulness, we not only give them a much-needed break from assessments but also foster a sense of joy, accomplishment, and self-expression. These activities allow students to rejuvenate their minds, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and discover new interests and talents.

So, as the end of the school year approaches, let’s make sure to incorporate these fantastic end of year activities into our classrooms. Let’s create an environment that values student well-being, encourages creativity, and celebrates the unique talents and aspirations of each student. Together, we can make the end of the school year a time of relaxation, growth, and inspiration.

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Meet our amazing guest blogger, Amanda:

We are absolutely thrilled to have Amanda on board, and she brings a wealth of experience and educational passion to our community. She taught first grade for six years, followed by seven years as an art teacher. Amanda’s commitment to fostering creativity and learning shines through her extensive classroom experience. But Amanda’s journey doesn’t stop there. For the past five years, she has taken on roles as an integrative arts specialist and teaching artist. What sets her apart is her hands-on approach – she works diligently in classrooms across the country, modeling arts integration learning for her fellow teachers and harnessing the power of art to enrich educational topics development.

Thanks to Amanda at Party in the Art Room for sharing her insights and ideas for end of year activities to help us end the year on a positive, artful note no matter what subject we teach. Follow Amanda on Instagram and Teachers Pay Teachers.

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