A sympathetic way to end 1st grade... Have your students reflect on their experiences and share their favorite memories! Then deliver their letters to next year's students at the beginning of their journey. These pages could also be bound into a book and kept for use at the beginning of each year, and/or placed in the classroom library for student use all year.
A great way for kids to get valuable information about what 1st grade is like, from their own peers. Questions are broad and answers can be easily tailored to your school.