As the year winds down, we have to prepare our classrooms for Summer cleaning. We have to remove everything from our walls, bulletin boards, shelves, and countertops. Everything gets shoved into cabinets and closets. I put my students to work the last few days of schools to help me tear down the room. They think it is SO much fun to help and it helps me get everything back in its spot and ready for the next school year. Students are put into small groups and given an "organization task".
I take everything off the walls and then students take out the staples. I also have them sort the cards back in order by letter, number, month, etc.
As we tear down our math wall, students help un-bundle our straws we counted all year long.
We make sure our books are in the correct basket and that they are all facing the same way.
The art center can become a mess throughout the year, so students are throwing away tiny crayons, markers that don't work, bad glue sticks, etc.
Once each group finished their task, they help on the mess of puzzle pieces!
By having them help, it saves me a lot of time, and helps me know what I need to re-stock up on for next year.