As the school year comes to a close, it’s time to think of some fun end-of-the-year activities to close out the year with a bang. This is usually the time when I would pull out my most exciting activities to give students something to remember me by. After all of their hard work during the school year, those students deserve it!
For many, summer break means beach vacations, so why not bring those summer vibes into the classroom? I love incorporating beach-themed classroom activities because it feels so perfect this time of the year. Who doesn’t love sunny days at the ocean?
How do you celebrate the end of the year with a beach theme?
Have a beach party! This is a great theme for your last day of school. Pull out some beach classroom decor and beach-themed activities and have some fun! Here are a few tips for setting the beachy scene.
- Have students dress up! Have some lei necklaces available to wear all day. These are usually pretty affordable and can be found at the dollar store or party supply stores. Invite students to wear their favorite pair of sunglasses and Hawaiian shirts.
- Play some Hawaiian music in the background. Find a playlist on Spotify with some relaxing beach music to listen to during your party.
- Pull up a video of the ocean on YouTube to display during your party so you can feel like you’re at the beach!
Now that the scene is set, it’s time to pull out those classroom beach activities! Here are a couple of my favorites.
Virtual Field trips are a great way engage students in learning. Use these interactive, editable Google Slides to easily have students copy and paste movable parts, learn about beach safety, ocean life, what to bring to the beach and so much more! Students will love these beach field trip activities.
Use these step-by-step instructions to guarantee student engagement while they practice addition, writing, and reading skills to solve a classroom mystery and save the stolen sea turtle eggs. With a little prep, your students will work as a team to break into a box, which breaks them out of the classroom as they beat the clock! This Escape Room involves a missing turtle egg mystery that leads your students to a beach party outside with beach balls, towels, and a snack!
This resource is packed with beach-themed activities including Build A Boat, Make a Hawaiian Lei, Underwater Handprint Art, I Spy Beach Words, Write The Room, a Beach Day hat, and so much more!
I hope you love these classroom beach activities! If you want some beach classroom decor, check out my post here!
Let me know your favorite beach activity in the comments!