You’ve finally made it to the end of year! State testing is done and instead of cramming in one more unit you’ve decided to do some fun end of year math activities! I’m here for it! I’ve always worked with students who struggle with 6-12th grade math and here are my go-to end of year math activities.
Oh and I should mention… they’re FREE!
#1) Would You Rather?
While I love using “would you rather?” to build community with prompts like,
Would you rather go on vacation to the beach or to Europe?
Would you rather get popcorn or candy at the movies?
Would you rather live in a house with aquarium floors or trampoline floors?
An amazing teacher has created the website, www.wouldyourathermath.com, and it’s a TREASURE TROVE! He’s created great images you can show kids to get them thinking and justifying their thinking! As an end of the year math activity, you could print out a bunch of and let students work in groups to answer then do a gallery walk for them to read each others responses. There are no correct answers, it’s all in how students justify their reasoning and it’s always really fun to see just how differently students approach these questions!
#2) MAP MARS Formative Assessment Lessons
Ok I’ll be the first to admit this website is a BEAST. It’s overwhelming. But once you realize how amazing these lessons are, you’ll be willing to put in the effort to figure it out. All of the formative assessment lessons have an intro task, an interactive activity, and a formative assessment at the end. They come with a very thorough lesson plan with student misconceptions, sample work, and so much more! One year I was getting observed for our WASC accreditation the day I was doing one of these lessons. My intervention kids were rocking it and the observer pulled me to the side and said, “this is the best math lesson I’ve ever seen!” Yeah… these resources are THAT good! Here are my favorite three formative assessment lessons to try this year:
While I’m likely the #1 fan of YouCubed Week of Inspirational Math as a resource to start the school year, many of the tasks would be great end of the year math activities as well! Here are a few of my favorites to end the year with some math fun!
I hope these are fun and helpful! If you give them a try, DM me on instagram (collaborated.with.juliana) and tell me how it went!