Jon Smith is here with some fun and engaging ideas to help you through to the end of the year.
It’s that time of year when teachers and students have begun to hit their limits. The stress of returning to school, state testing, as well as the anxiety of a quickly approaching summer break has many students and teachers on edge. As a former special education teacher and technology integration specialist I know this is the time of year when teachers are looking around for activities that will engage their students.
Don't worry, I'm here to help!
I have a few ideas that I feel will help you and your students use Book Creator in a fun and engaging way while addressing many of your current curriculum goals. All of the books shared below are downloadable into your own library. From there you can have your students make a copy and edit that book.
Our Book Creator Activity book was released in 2020 and has over 49,000 views so far! The activity book is filled with simple activities for your students to complete.
It reminds me of the family road trip when I was a kid. I always looked forward to family road trips and could almost guarantee that we would stop at a gas station. There, on the shelf next to the register, were activity books to help pass the time.
With the Book Creator activity book students can complete these fun activities after testing is over for the day, or even as an activity to do at home with the family.
Social Emotional Learning is still a hot topic in schools. We created two activity books for your students to use in order to help them come to grips with their emotions, feelings and more. Now would be a great time for students to journal and reflect on the school year.
Yearbooks are an expensive industry! If you'd prefer to go with an excellent free hack use Book Creator to create your digital yearbook instead! It’s even better when that yearbook can be collaborative where each student/family is able to add their own information to a page about them. Take a look at our yearbook template and let the ideas fly.
Hopefully the activities listed above will give you and your students plenty of things to do as the year comes to a close. Of course, those aren’t the only activities your students can do. I’m sure you have plenty of ideas of your own. Below are a few extra ideas that came to mind when I thought of things I might want students to do as they prepare for summer.
⛱ Summer plans - Students describe their summer plans. Maybe they share where they are going on vacation, summer job opportunities, goals for the summer and more.
🤔 School year reflection - Have students reflect on the past year. What was successful? What wasn’t? What was their favorite subject and why? Make sure they make use of audio and video for reflection as well as just text.
🎯 Goals for next year - Now that the school year is coming to a close, what are the student goals for next school year? Maybe they want to improve their writing. Maybe they want to get better at math. Maybe they just want to return to school.
Beyond that, you might also consider running a competition for your class (this could be a super-engaging thing to do - and we've got some guidelines to help you get started with this). Or perhaps you want to explore writing a book collaboratively - this could be a great exercise to help kids feel connected and build 21st century skills.
For even more ideas, check out this post: 10 ideas to support Play-Based Learning over the Summer
Jon Smith is currently the Senior Teacher Success Manager for Book Creator and an Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2015. Jon was a special education teacher for 12 years before spending 7 years as a Technology Integration Specialist. He is married with 3 children. Jon is a scratch golfer. In his spare time, he details cars.