I tried to give some seat work on the 2nd to last day and my kids looked at me like I had 4 heads. I knew I had to have SOMETHING to keep them engaged and busy for our last day- mainly so I didn't keep checking my watch every ten minutes :)
So I came up with this (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD:
Before school I made 3 copies of the cards, cut them, and put them in 3 different bags. I had a mom and an instructional assistant to help me monitor 3 groups of 8 students. I armed each child with a piece of chalk and we headed outside. It was so neat to see them excited to do the skills that we had worked so hard on ALL year- just in a fun way.
One slip called for an even number of kids to go down the slide. Another called for an odd number of monkeys to swing on the monkey bars :)
The sidewalk chalk was a PERFECT way to show their learning. I sneaked a peek a few times to alternate chalk work with active work-like walking backwards as they counted backwards from 30 to 0 or skip counting by 5 as they sprinted to the fence and back! We even showed off our 2 digit addition with regrouping on the sidewalks so the big kids could see how smart we are in first grade!
We had a BLAST and walked away from the activity with only 2 minor injuries :) First grade is tough stuff.
When my kids left at the end of the day, I only shed a couple of tears, but I am sure it will hit me in a few days. These kids spoiled me rotten, and I am SO sad to see them go. I have never felt more confident about my kids being ready for the next grade, and I hope the 2nd grade teachers see what I have seen this year!