This end of year countdown idea was shared with me by 4th grade teacher Heather Schubauer.
Heather has every student write a paragraph or two about their favorite memory from the school year. Then, she has them decorate a big number that matches their assigned classroom number and hangs the decorated numbers on a clothesline across the classroom.
This past year Heather had 29 students, so she started the countdown 29 days before the end of the school with the student whose assigned number was 29. Every day, one student gets to read their favorite memory to the class.
As Heather says, “It’s really nice to hear what they loved and it reminds us all of our time together. Plus it’s a countdown that doesn’t imply we’re looking forward to getting rid of each other.”
Below is an example of what this looks like in her 4th grade class.