How to Survive the End of the Year as an Elementary Teacher

What type of #teachertired are you?

Scenario A:

It's May 1st (or June). You go inside the classroom, sit down, take a deep breath, turn on the computer, and tell yourself, "one more month. I can do this!"

Scenario B:

You go inside the classroom, sit down, take a deep breath, turn on the computer, and tell yourself, "one more month??! What am I going to do for the rest of the month?!"

If you choose A, hi! Let's be friends! 

If you choose B, hello! You're going to love what I'm about to tell you.

The end of the year is one of our teaching journey's most exciting and stressful parts. You dread finishing all the paperwork, such as grading all your students' work or lesson planning. Oh! And did I mention beating a deadline? But feeling eager at the same time because you're going on a cruise next month with your family!

If you are in Scenario B and running out of ideas on what to do with your students or what your students should do, these review game shows will help you!

If you are familiar with the American game show Jeopardy!, you already know how the game works. These ELA and Math game shows are quiz competitions that best use during test prep or end-of-the-year review.

How to Play:

Set up five teams. Then, type the team names on the PowerPoint slide once they are ready to start.

Each team chooses a point value and category from the slide.

One student from the team (or it can be the whole team) answers the question. The teacher can add a timer to make the game fun and exciting.

The teacher clicks the ANSWER button to reveal the answer. If they get it right, they receive the point value they choose at the beginning of the game. Click the scoreboard, input the point, go back to the gameboard, and the next team can continue with the next question.

What you need:

You need to make sure you have Microsoft PowerPoint installed on your laptop/desktop computer before playing the game.

Where to find these games:

You can check this link to find all the review game shows you can use for your kindergarten to 2nd-grade students. There are different math and ELA review game shows to choose from.

If a sub takes over your classes, this is a perfect activity to play and the best time killer they will enjoy. Students love competitions, so rest assured they will love every minute of these game shows.

Here's what other teachers are saying:

I want to know - how are YOU? And what are you doing at the end of the year? Find me on Instagram (@theviralteacher) or leave a comment below and let me know your plans.

Talk soon.

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