You might call me a big sap. I LOVE end of the year memories and the activities that accompany it, and I’m a sucker for good music and great photos. At the end of each year, I put together a student slideshow of amazing moments from our year together. I love it, the kids love it, and the parents love it. It’s almost like a yearbook that’s been put in motion.
The Steps of Creating the Slideshow
- I send out a form to my students via Google Classroom. Here’s a sample copy of the form that you can use right away!
- I email the parents and ask for a Kindergarten picture (or similar age) to include on the slide – it’s fun for them to see how much they’ve grown!
- I take pictures. All year. Lots of pictures.
- Next, I take the survey results, the Kinder picture, and then a picture from my library to create one slide for each kid.
- Then, I curate a list of songs that the kids love, AND I throw in some sappy songs that make all of the adults tear up a bit.
- Finally, I invite the parents in on the last day of school, and we all watch the slideshow together.
Here’s a sample of what the slideshow ends up looking like:
Yes, it takes some time. I won’t lie to you about that. But I have each slideshow saved on my computer, and it’s always fun to go back and watch the memories each year.
We want you to end the year with a celebratory bang! Check out these other free ideas for your upper elementary students and let us do the planning for you!
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