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End of Year Digital Activities for Elementary Students



What digital activities should I use with students at the end of the school year? I've seen this question so many times the past few weeks, so I decided to put a list together of great digital activities for elementary students for the end of the year.

Use these any time in May or June to end the year on a high note. Each idea has a list of grade levels and skills addressed, plus the type of technology it uses. 

Digital Memory Book

Grade level: 3-5
Skills: Typing, navigating presentation program, writing
Type: Google Slides or PowerPoint

Summer Timely Tech

Grade Level: K-5
Skills: K/1: Words that start with letter, number words, spelling cvc words, analog time, comparing numbers, making patterns, typing summer words
2/3: Make new words, sort new words 2 ways, School year memories, practice with shape tool, typing summer traditions
4/5: Decoding, fix spelling mistakes, word search puzzle, persuasive essay typing, ABCs of summer typing, practice coding 2 ways, make a poster, make a comic
Type: Google Slides or PowerPoint


Summer Themed Text Formatting

Grade Level: 3-5
Skills: Typing and formatting in a word processor
Type: Google Docs or MS Word


June Digital STEM Challenges

Grade Level: 3-5
Skills: Problem solving, technology literacy, typing, navigating presentation program
Type: Google Slides or PowerPoint, websites


Summer Digital Glyph

Grade Level: 3-5
Skills: Copy and paste, working with shapes, working across slides in presentation program
Type: Google Slides or PowerPoint


Summer Digital Pixel Art

Grade Level: K-5
Skills: Copy and paste, drag and drop, navigating slides, digital design
Type: Google Slides or PowerPoint


Summer Digital Animation

Grade Level: 3-6
Skills: Copy and paste, fill tool, resizing shapes, layered shapes, duplicate slides, work with arrows, follow directions
Type: Google Slides or PowerPoint, optional website to turn it into a GIF


Summer CVC Words Digital Secret Picture Tile Puzzles

Grade level: Kindergarten
Skills: Drag and drop and basic keyboard letter recognition
Type: Google Slides or PowerPoint


Technology Class Awards Freebie
Grade Level: K-8
Give your students awards at the end of the year!

Here are a few ideas that technology teachers can use during the last month or so of school to challenge and engage students as they culminate their year of tech learning.  Tech needs and interests differ as students grow, so there’s a little something for every age level. 


Primary

Computer Science Skills: 

Typing Games

  • Students can choose typing games for a variety of themes and ability levels to set them up for success as they become increasingly literate.


Coding: 

ScratchJr Challenges

  • Scratch Jr is an ideal coding platform for pre-readers, with symbols instead of written words on snap-together code blocks.  Provide a couple of challenge choices (make up your own or search the internet for inspiration) for your kiddos to see how much they are able to figure out on their own!


Interdisciplinary:

Wixie Projects

  • Wixie helps students share their ideas and learning through a combination of writing, voice, and digital art.  It has several meaningful lesson plans pre-made for you to choose from.  Though it is a paid service, you can sign up for a 30 or 90 day free trial to perform this end of the year flourish.


Middle Elementary

Computer Science Skills:

Excel Mystery Pictures

  • Master the toolbar in Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel. The activity has them filling 100 cells in the table per design!


Coding:

Tynker's Dragon Dash

  • Students design their own dragon and then use coding to lead it through a series of complex puzzles.


Interdisciplinary:

My Storybook or Storyboard That.

  • Use one of several creative platforms made for contributing to online communities that create storybooks and illustrations   


Upper Elementary

Computer Science Skills:

Build a Website

  • Your students can go through this step by step tutorial to create their own website using HTML and CSS to create a website about people who inspire them.


Coding:

Code Your Own Arcade Game

  • Have students invent and create their very own arcade games with this Microsoft coding platform.


Interdisciplinary:

magicplan  Floor Plans 

  • Use augmented reality to have your students practice their math skills to create detailed floor plans.


Middle School

Computer Science Skills:

Instructables Tech Projects 

  • .Have your students choose a design, electronics or fabrication project from Instructables to complete.


Coding:

Codesters

  • Let your students begin building interactive projects in Python.


Interdisciplinary:

Canva Infographics

  • Let students make their own infographic about any topic they’ve learned about this year.


Early High School

Computer Science Skills:

Alice Challenge 

  • The Alice Challenge is an opportunity for students to showcase their skills at creating 3D animations, engaging games, or immersive experiences using the Alice programming environment.


Coding:

Mobile CS Principles

  • In this Hour of Code activity, engage students in building a musical Android or iOS mobile app.


Interdisciplinary:

Every Dollar Budgeting

  • Work on budgeting in this app to hit some social studies standards.  Excel or Google Sheets are also a great place to practice these skills!


Late High School

Computer Science Skills:

Cyber Security Research

  • Help your students conduct a research study investigating how secure people think security questions are, and compare that to the reality of how easily you can find answers to these questions online.


Coding: 

Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Technology with CodeHS 

  • Students learn about the foundations of cryptocurrencies by exploring cryptography, hashing, and blockchain technology.


Interdisciplinary:

AR Human Anatomy 

  • Help students take their understanding of Biology to the next level with this augmented reality look at the human body.


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