It is the end of the year and testing is done. Your students are a bit "nuts" as you only have a few more days before school is complete. Awards ceremonies and end of the year activities have them a bit excited, so your looking for something valuable for them to do. You still have to teach, but their minds are on summer fun and play. Use this fun activity to incorporates all those "candy bar awards" that you have been hearing about, but that you need a way to make it have meaning and value for your kids!
In this activity, have students nominate each other for an award and have them share their thoughts about each other!
How do you use this in the Classroom?
Using the student nomination forms that I have created, explain to students that with the end of the year, comes awards ceremonies. Explain that they will have a say in the awards that their classmates may or may not receive. Pass out student award forms and the awards list. (included) Explain to students that they will need to read the list of possible awards. They will be expected to complete the awards nomination form for each of their classmates. To do this, they must nominate each person in class, as well as, provide reasons, or “evidence,” as to why each classmate has earned an award. Explain to students the specifics of what you will allow for reasons a person could be nominated for that award.
then summarize this activity by having students create an “Inside/Outside Circle” using the directions that have been included. Have students share who they have nominated for each award and why. This is very important because each student gets to hear something positive from each member of the class. I find this is particularly useful because of course, not ever student gets along. Each student must find something positive to say about every member of the class.
Lastly, have an awards ceremony that students have assisted in creating. Do this by collecting student award nomination forms and review them. Utilize these forms to make your final list of “candy bar” award winners. Have an awards ceremony in your class to recognize student strengths . This ceremony will be one of your best because your students have more of an interest in who wins what.
With your purchase you will receive....
1. A complete description of how to use this in the classroom
2. All forms needed to project the activities
3. Black and white versions of student forms
4. Directions for an Inside Outside Circle
I have also created a powerpoint to use with this but it is not necessary! I love to project this activity completely in color with out the black and white pages. Please look at the products if you re interested at: