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Are you looking for a unique set of classroom awards? Honor your students unique character traits with these end of the year awards featuring famous people from history.

This set of 40 Character Trait Awards are named for different people. Each person represents a character trait related to their achievements. For example, Thurgood Marshall represents Citizenship, while the Julia Child award is for Enthusiasm. The historical people on the awards include both men and women and represent a variety of cultures.

This year, celebrate your students character by giving end of the year awards that focus on positive character traits. Each trait is related to a historical person. Great for upper elementary, middle school, or high school students.
There are times in the school year when teachers really need a few go to activities that are high engagement but also integrate whatever the class is studying. The day before a big break, the day after the semester exam, and the end of the year are examples of these teaching dead zones. Teachers can't really start something new, but there is too much time to not do something. Those times are perfect for interactive games!

Keep students learning at the end of the year but playing games! Read about five fun but low prep games that teachers could use in upper elementary, middle school, or even high school grades.

Some games require a lot of prep or purchasing manufactured games, but for those last minute days I recommend having a few games that are really simple and can be prepped early in the year to be used over and over. Or even better, they don't really need any prep. I advise teachers to pick a few games they enjoy using and train students on how to play them during the first month of school. If students are already familiar with the games, teachers won't need to spend time explaining the rules or expected behaviors - and prevents students from getting off task before they even begin playing.

As the end of the year draws near, teachers often find themselves out of curriculum. Everything had to be covered before testing - plus students and teachers are just out of gas. What can teachers plan that is both educational and engaging? Instead of boring kids with a bunch of movies, spend a few periods having them record their memories of this year! Teachers and students can celebrate each other's successes, as well as reflect on the memories that were made.
Class Memory Books are a great way to end the school year! Students have a change to reflect on their growth as they work together to complete a keepsake of their school year. Stop by the blog to learn more about this end of the year activity. Great for 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.

One of the challenges of using magnets in the classroom is having a magnetic surface. Some cookie sheets are magnetic and make a nice surface, but they do take room to store. If you are short on space, making your own magnetic boards might be a better option. It is super easy to make a magnetic surface - and you can customize the size of the surface.

Would you like to use magnets in a center in your classroom? Make your own magnetic boards to fit your storage space! This magnetic primer project is easy to make and can be personalized with paint on top to add a pop of color to your classroom.

Here's how to make your own boards in six easy steps!
Back when I first began teaching, magnetic poetry kits were all the rage - but they were pretty pricey. Today, they are still pricey - and harder to find.

Teachers can make their own magnetic poetry kits for just a fraction of the cost of store bought kits! By making their own word sets, teachers can also adapt the activity to their students and subject matter. Magnetic poetry could easily be used in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms simply by integrating vocabulary words into a personalized set.

Do you like using word magnets for poetry and other writing activities? Making your own magnets is much more affordable and easy to do. Learn ways to use magnets in your classroom centers, as well as how to make your own. Free word list available to download to make your own magnets.

By the end of this post, you will have a few ideas for using magnets in your classroom, as well as know how to easily create your own magnets. I also have a free basic word set available for you to download at the end of the post.

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