Sometimes at the end of the school year teachers have a little more flexibility with lessons. It is easier to spend time on projects. At the same time student are often full of energy and need highly engaging activities. Here are some activities for ELLs to try at the end of the school year.
STEM activities integrate the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Art is sometimes included as well. Even if you haven’t used STEM during the rest of the school year, you might finally have time to try it at the end of the school year. Here are some STEM activities for ELLs to try at the end of the school year.
If you live in an area where it gets hot, you can build a box oven with your students. This activity would work well in a co-taught class. All of the students will enjoy helping to make the oven and eating a snack cooked in it. Afterward, the students have a shared experience that they can talk and write about.
Another fun activity is to have students build a bubble want and try and blow the biggest bubble. You can complete this with only a few materials (pipe cleaners, wire, bubble wands, water, soap).
Creating an alphabet book is a great way to have students share what they have learned during the school year. Depending on the age and language level of the students you can have them create a book as a group, with a partner, or give students a template.
Write a Letter
Another way to reflect on the school year is for students to write a letter to new students. The letter can be addressed to students that will be in that grade next year or to a student that is new to the school. In the letter, students can give advice on how to have a successful school year and share a favorite memory.
Readers theatre is another activity that is great at any point in the school year, but you might have more time to implement it at the end of the school year. It can be as simple as having students read a script during a reading group. It can also be elaborate. Students can take a story that they are familiar with and work together to create a script. They can create costumes and perform the skit for other students.
Record a Book
Recording a book is an authentic way for students to practice reading fluency. You can have them record a book for a group of younger students or for new students coming next year. Have students practice reading their book and when they feel ready, create the recording.
Create a Guide to the School
This project is a great way to incorporate map skills. Students can also tell about the different areas of the school and come up with tips to tell new students. This is a great activity for students that were newcomers at the beginning of the school year to work on to share with newcomers the following year.
In many areas, the end of the school year means that it is nice enough to spend time outside. Here are some activities for ELLs when you go outside. Have students take books outside and read. A change of settings is a simple way to increase engagement for some students. You can also have students work on a scavenger hunt while they are outside.