End of the Year Activity for Graduating Class

As I wrap up the end of the year with my graduating class (6th grade for us), I always want to take time to slow down. Everything moves so fast at the end of the year, and taking a moment to just take it all in is so important! This end of the year counseling activity is perfect for honoring the past and looking ahead to the future!

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End of the Year Counseling Activity

1 – Intro

I love Mentimeter, so I use this for the intro to the lesson. I have students enter the menti and then just share up to 3 feelings they have about moving on from our school. Mentimeter makes a word cloud with all of their responses, with the most frequent responses being the largest. It’s a great starting point so they can see that others share their feelings and that it’s okay to have mixed feelings! If you don’t want to use devices, you could just have students write responses on butcher paper or the whiteboard.

2 – Discussion

  • What are you excited about or looking forward to next year?
  • What are you happy to leave behind?
  • What experiences or memories do you want to hold on to as you leave here?

3 – Story

We read The End by John Bray, and it was the perfect book to explain that the ending of something is the beginning of something else, something that they get to choose.


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4 – Activity

Students traced both hands on a piece of paper. The palm of one hand is labeled “the end” and the palm of the other is labeled “the beginning.” On the fingers, students write the things that are ending that they want to remember or will carry with them and the things that are beginning that they are looking forward to.

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5 – Share

We mounted them on construction paper. Students can share as they are comfortable what they included.

6 -Debrief

  • What was it like to take time to think about these things?
  • What was it like to share them? What was it like to hear others’?
  • What will you take with you from this experience?

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