My Future is so Bright, I Have To Wear Shades!!

So, here we are. It is the end of the year! I can't believe it, can you? This year has flown by! (Yea, ok, I say that every year.)  We are finished with testing, and the weather is so beautiful. All the kids want to do is go outside. It is almost like they are done with the year! Is anyone else having this struggle?  I am not the kind of teacher who just throws puzzles at my students as the last day of school approaches. I try and find meaningful but fun activities that still require students to turn on their thinking caps, but also also them to be creative and enjoy their last days of school.

I have made an activity for my students that allow them to think about their futures. It puts a positive, creative spin on a common end of the year activity.  The students are required to think about what they want their futures to be like.  What do they want to be when they grow up? What do they want to accomplish in the next grade? What hobbies or activities do they want to complete over the summer?  All of these questions are ones that I encouraged the students to think about when doing this activity.

The activity is called, "My future is so bright, I have to wear shades!"  The students pick from 15 different sunglasses templates.  They then draw two different illustrations inside of each lens representing two goals they have set for their futures.  Then, they draw their faces around the "shades".  After the illustration, they write a couple of paragraphs describing their drawings. I love reading their writings and getting a glimpse into their plans for their futures!

Here are some examples of the activity and a link to my TPT where you can download this activity to use in your classroom!

I had my little brother and sister also participate in this activity.  My sister is in 8th grade, and my brother is a sophomore in high school. They both really enjoyed it, so I truly believe this can be implemented into all grade levels!! 

Future So Bright - End of the year writing and art activity

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