One fun part about this time of year is to see how engrained your classroom routines are. I'm not necessarily talking about official classroom routines, but the little things that you don't even realize you do everyday. It's funny to me, because my students know me so well and are ready to do things before I even ask. For example, every morning as soon as the announcements are over someone will ask me if I want some ice, or whenever we go to the back table they know exactly where I'll sit, or they'll add paper to my printer whenever it runs out, and just all types of little things like that. They really do pay attention to the little details of the day, probably much more than I will ever realize. I also forget how quickly my students complete their work at the end of the year. They can now finish most of their work so much faster than they could even a couple of months ago, and it's not because they're rushing through it and being sloppy. They've just grown so much academically.
Despite DIBELS, DRA, finishing portfolios, and all the other fun end of the year requirements, I've had time to start my Olympics unit with my class, and I have to say it's been an awesome end of the year activity. I originally created the unit with the intention of teaching it at the beginning of next year for the 2012 Olympics, but I hated for my current students to miss out, so they're getting to do it now. I've been so surprised at how excited my students have been over the unit. I've had several students beg me to let them take it home with them, so they could do extra work. My jaw about hit the ground when I heard that! There are several parts to the unit, and right now we're working on an Olympics choice board with 3 writing, 3 math, and 3 social studies activities, and students choose 1 of each to complete. They've been working on it for a little over a week, and they're absolutely loving it!
We're also graphing medals (we're using data from the 2008 Olympics).
We've made torches and crowns for our big Classroom Olympics. We haven't actually had our Classroom Olympics yet, but I'll share some pictures as soon as we do. I anticipate this being one of the highlights of the year for students!
I've posted the entire unit on TpT if you're interested in doing your own Olympics unit.