Sparking Student Motivation: Alphabet Countdown to Summer!

I can't believe it's actually here - after a crazy, challenging, rewarding, fun-filled school year, we're now in the final countdown! This week we hit 26 Days left of school...so it was time to pull out my alphabet countdown once again!
(I'm linking this fun and motivational idea up with my buddy, Joanne, at Head Over Heels for Teaching)
I originally got this idea last year from some of my wonderful BBBs: Collaboration Cuties and Ideas by Jivey
Collaboration Cuties Ideas By Jivey

You can read about - and see pictures - of my countdown last year HERE.

This year I changed up some of the activities and made a new schedule. We had our first two days this week:
A = Animal Day
The kids were SO excited to arrive at school, stuffed animal in tow! It was sweet to see these tough, often too-cool "big kids" so thrilled to share stories about their animal friends :)

B = Bubble Gum Day
The students went home with sore jaws after chewing huge wads of bubble gum all day! But the pain was worth it - especially for the boy who won the bubble blowing contest! :)

Here's the rest of my planned schedule:
Date
Days Left
Letter
Activity:
5/8
26
A
Animal Day: bring in a stuffed animal or toy animal – no real pets please! J
5/9
25
B
Bubble gum day – bring a pack of bubble gum to enjoy!
5/12
24
C
Career Day - Bring in a prop that shows a job you might enjoy
5/13
23
D
Donut Day – we’re going to enjoy a delicious donut treat and watch a video about how donuts are made
5/14
22
E
Estimation Day – we’re going to put our math skills to the test to see who can estimate the correct number of items in different jars. Prizes will be won!
5/15
21
F
Free Recess Day – last 20 minutes
5/16
20
G
Game Day - Bring in a favorite board game  (no electronic games)
5/19
19
H
Helping Hands Day – we’re going to look for ways to bless others by lending a “helping hand”
5/20
18
I
Imagination day – bring your imagination for some creative activities
5/21
17
J
Jigsaw puzzle day – team competition
5/22
16
K
Kick Off Your Shoes day – we’ll be kicking off our shoes while in the classroom (after chapel). Boys, please wear clean, fresh-smelling socks J
5/23
15
L
Letter day –we’re going to write to the incoming 5th graders!
5/27
14
M
Memory day – we’ll look back on lots of fun memories we’ve had in 5th grade! Please wear your Outdoor Ed t-shirt for a class picture.
5/28
13
N
No homework day! WOOHOO!!!
5/29
12
O
Off with the Lights day – we’ll do our classwork with the lights off!
5/30
11
P
Poetry Day – Bring in a favorite poem to share. We’re also going to try our hand at writing different types of poetry. 
6/2
10
Q
Quiz show day! How much do you remember from 5th grade?!?
6/3
9
R
Reading In Tents – bring in a favorite book, a flashlight, and a blanket.
6/4
8
S
School Spirit Day – let’s show our school spirit with a CPCS t-shirt.
6/5
7
T
Thank-you Day - we’re going to write letters of appreciation for our Specials teachers, the Recess Aides, and our parent helpers.
6/6
6
U
United states day – we’re going to learn/review lots of cool facts about our country. Wear your red, white, and blue!
6/9
5
V
Video day – this afternoon we’ll be watching a movie! Bring a snack to munch on if you’d like.
6/10
4
W
Wacky Walking Day – we’ll go for a class walk and do a Sensa-tional Spring activity
6/11
3
X
eXtraordinary student award day – we’ll be awarding the students for a
job-well-done in 5th grade!
6/12
2
Y
Year End Prize Box Raffle! - Bring your tickets – leave with prizes!
6/13
1
Z
Zoom into Summer!  We’ll say “good-bye” to 5th grade!!!
Make sure you're following me on Instagram to see pictures and ideas from the rest of our countdown:
Please leave a comment if you would like an editable copy of my countdown schedule for you to adapt and use!

As we go, I add a picture for each day as we go:
(this was last year's display)

It's fun, relatively easy to implement, and the kids (and parents!) love it! I still continue with my regular school schedule and curriculum - these activities are mostly done either at snack time or at the end of the day. It helps to end the school year on a high note.

1 comment

  1. I LOVE this idea!! I need to give it a try. It sounds like it'd be fun to do before the winter holidays, too, but with a winter or Christmas theme!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Karli :)
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

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