Even though you may not be to the end of the school year just yet, you still will want to start planning for an end of year reading celebration with your students.
Well, this is easy. Your students have worked hard this entire school year. You probably had your students make SMART goals (see our blog post here to explain how to do this) and most of your students have made it! Those that didn’t, put a lot of effort into trying to get there. All students need to be a part of the celebration to realize what they have accomplished. It also helps to solidify that classroom community you worked so hard to build from the first week of school.
How do I plan for an end of year reading celebration?
This is where the fun begins! Since you are celebrating reading achievement, it is only fitting that the celebration focuses around books! There are many different things that you could do on this special day. Below are some examples you could use.
Have students design a new book jacket for their favorite book! The materials for this would be easy! Just some blank paper and either crayons, colored pencils or markers. They may want to have the title and author handy so they don’t have any spelling mistakes.
Students can share an iMovie that they have made about their favorite book. The program is so easy to use and many students may be familiar with it already. We have them select the “trailer” option and then have them pick the theme that fits their book. Make sure that they don’t give away the ending as all good trailers leave the person viewing wanting more!
Another choice is for your students to do a Book Talk about their favorite book. Just like you have been doing this school year, have your students share about their favorite book to the class.
Another fun end of year activity could be to rewrite an ending to a book. We know sometimes kids can be bewildered or even disappointed at how the book ends. This would be a fun way for them to put their own twist on an ending. Then, of course, we would want them to share!
A final idea for an end of year reading celebration would be to pass out reading awards for students who met their goals. This could be a simple 5-10 minutes where students come up and get their awards.
Whatever you choose, make sure to celebrate your students’ reading success!