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It's coming to the end of the year.  Your students are getting restless and are ready for new activities.  You are running way short on time and have no energy for activities that you will need to spend a lot of time on.  But the students still need some review before the year ends.

Easy activities that take minimal prep is what we need right now! 

My students love using pinwheels!  There is just something about them that draws them in.  I just stuck scrapbook stickers on the pinwheels and they are ready to go.  Easy and No Fuss!

easy no fuss activities

Students spin the pinwheel and add the beginning sound to the chunk.

pinwheel chunks, easy no fuss activities

Your students can write their words on any paper, write a silly sentence and then illustrate it.  That pinwheel can go back and they can begin again with a new chunk.

Bright Ideas for the classroom

Another easy, no fuss activity is Splat.  Just scatter out sight word cards on some bulletin board paper.  You don't have to use the paper.  You could just use the floor, but the paper will give them a boundary.  One student calls out a word from a duplicate set of cards and the partner uses the swatter to swat the word when they find it.  This can be used so many ways- sight words, capitals/lower case letters, vocabulary words and definitions, math sentences and answers, antonym and synonyms, etc.....

sight word review idea, Bright Ideas for the Classroom

One more easy, no fuss activity is to place word cards, letters, and a wipe off board in a center.  Students draw a card, build the word with the letters and then write the word on the wipe off board.  Easy way for reviewing right at the end of the year!

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  1. Lori, I LOVE this pinwheel idea! I actually have pinwheels, too, just waiting for a great idea like this. Oh my goodness- what great timing. Thank you so much for sharing this idea!

    1. Thank you so much, Carolyn! The kids love working with the pinwheels!

  2. Easy and no fuss is definitely a must at this time of year!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Absolutely, Tammy, we need easy prep activities this time of year!

  3. Great ideas Lori! Thanks for sharing. :) I love the "no fuss" part of it! I will definitely add these fun activities!

    1. We have too much to do, Sarah, to try doing activities that require a lot of prep at the end of the year. The end of the year is so hectic with all the extras that we are doing! :)

  4. My mind is racing thinking of using these ideas with my "almost third graders". I've got a prefix/ baseword idea for the pinwheels. How fun for the end of the year!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

    1. I think prefix/base words would work great, Sally! They would enjoy working on that skill with the pinwheels!


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