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Textbooks are collected, now what?

May 8, 2013 1:35am

Textbooks at my middle school are collected 2 weeks before the last day of school. Have any ideas on resources, activities, or games to play to continue structure and learning?

  • English Language Arts
  • 6-8
  • Class Culture


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    • May 8, 2013 7:36am

      It may be a good time to have students apply what they have learned during the year to some kind of final project. Perhaps something that would summarize the key points from the entire year into one presentation or display. This would give the students a chance to freely choose what they thought was important, demonstrate what they have learned, and show it to the rest of the class in a way that in comfortable to them.
      Keeping their attention on worksheets or book work is hard during the last few weeks but giving them some freedom and creativity might help them stay focused until the end.

      • May 8, 2013 9:32pm

        It all depends on what you had on your initial lesson plan or syllabus for the final two weeks. I would try to stick to your original lesson plan, or try to reproduce the plan as much as possible.

        • May 9, 2013 7:08am


          At the end of every year, I assign a project called the Times 100. Students have to choose the person who they believe is the most influential, in a number of categories (I use 10), such as Time magazine does. For example, they must choose a cultural figure (learned in geography), a scientist, an author, a literary character, a teacher, a friend etc.. This allows you to continue to teach writing skills while also allowing them to show what they have learned throughout the year across the curriculum. You can encourage students to draw pictures to go along with their write-ups or make presentations. I have more information on the project if you're interested. Just send me an email at


          • May 12, 2013 6:48pm

            Hi Yolanda,

            Here's a great lesson you might want to consider adapting for the coming weeks:


            Assuming your students have adequate access to technology, now would be a good time to address digital literacy and what practical, professional, and academic implications a student's "digital footprint" might have on his/her life. Possible topics might range from the dangers of bullying to identity theft to college admissions.

            • May 13, 2013 7:17pm

              If you have some artistic kids in class, they might create posters much like the ones you can buy. Inspirational quotes, encouraging words, main ideas or concepts/anchor posters, etc. These could be used in your room for next year. Perhaps students less comfortable with art or designing could create organizers of some of the vocab or main ideas of the year. If they have some good ones, you can keep them for next year as reproducibles.