I'm a sucker for end-of-the-year reflections, and this one is wonderful because your students likely won't realize that they are being asked to reflect on their classroom experience. Your students get to write letters to your next year's students! How cool is that?! Their letters will explain to the new students what to expect in your classroom, fun assignments to look forward to, funny things that happened, and steps to take to be successful. Not only will you get some feedback from your students through this writing lesson, but your next-year-students will benefit greatly, hopefully gaining confidence and positive anticipation.
This will also give your students more practice writing a friendly letter. Just hand out this free friendly letter template, and students fill it out!
If your students are older, ask them to write the letter without the template.
They will need to include the following:
- The date
- The body of the letter which should discuss the following: How would they describe their entire year using 1 word or phrase/Favorite Assignment/Funniest thing that happened/Tips for succeeding in the class
Collect the finished letters, review them for your valuable feedback, and then save for your new students in the fall! These letters will greet your new students, and will hopefully ease the tension that many new students feel on the first day back to school!
What do you think? Is this a fun way to cap off the year?