The end of the school day can always be tricky. What do you do with those 5-10 minutes before the students leave? We have come up with our top 5 ideas on how to end the school day with our upper elementary age students.
First, students should use this time to complete any homework that they have. This is a great way to use time in class effectively and efficiently. Spending 5-10 minutes at the end of the day in school will save them that time at home. Plus, it is a great way to get students ready for budgeting their time wisely for middle school.
Reading is always a great choice. It also is a quiet time so you, the teacher, can either help out a student with some homework, or finish some tasks that you haven’t been able to do during the school day. Ending the day on a quiet note isn’t all that bad!
We love to show this at the end of the day. It is geared for middle and high school students, but our 5th graders can handle the content. It is still a wise idea to preview each show, just in case there are controversial topics you don’t want to cover, or if there are violent portions to the show. Each clip is ten minutes long, so it is perfect for the end of the day.
Play a Game
The end of the day can be a great time to connect with your students too. Games are a great way to end the day on a positive note. We like to play the old favorite 7-Up. But there is also another game called “silent ball” that is quickly becoming a favorite too. In silent ball, no one can talk. The ball has to be thrown around the room and the only time a player is out is if s/he talks, makes a bad throw, or did not catch an easy toss. The students love to be able to toss a ball around the room. We use a koosh ball or a miniature kick ball to do this.
This is a great time for students to show pride and ownership in the classroom. Students can plug in electronic devices, organize the classroom library, sharpen pencils, clean the floor, stack chairs, wipe down the boards or do any other jobs that you have. We created classroom jobs that have titles more suited to careers that students could have in the future such as: electrician, librarian, custodian and more. Check out the link here to see them or on the picture below.
We would love to hear how you end your student day too!