Kids Choice Awards

Happy End of the Year! I can't believe that it's finally here. It's been a long year, a really long year. It's been one of those years that I have learned a lot about myself and teaching! I wanted to end the year in a fun and exciting way. What better way to do that than with a celebration! To celebrate the end of the year my class hosted the Kids Choice Awards!


I've done this the last few years, and although it is a TON of work on my part, it is absolutely, completely, definitely worth every single second. The kids and their families have an amazing time. Their are lots of smiles, tears and laughter. Seriously, best way to end the year.

To begin, we go over each award so that everyone knows exactly what each award means. Then, my kids complete a voting sheet. I give them a list of all of their names and and a voting sheet. They go through and vote for each award while crossing names off their list.


Then, I get to tally up all the votes! While it might be much easier to just choose who I want to win each award, that's no fun! I love seeing who they vote for and it proves just how much of a community my classroom becomes over the course of the year!

Next, I send home an invitation to families! You don't have to invite families to this event, but I love including them! As a mom, I love being able to celebrate my kids' achievements and I know they won't always want me in their classroom. So, while they are little and love having their familes celebrate with them, I think it's important to invite them so that we can celebrate altogether!



When I first started doing this, a sweet teacher gave me this adorable script that goes along with the awards. While I've had to make some changes to fit the needs of my awards, I still use the idea! It takes a lot of work to figure out who has what line. I always make sure that the student presenting the award (and the next student to present an award) is not the winner. Once I have all the parts split up, students are given their lines to practice at school AND at home. To make it work, it really needs to be a home and school project!

We practice. And practice. And practice. And practice some more.

During all this practice time, I go ahead and make the programs and the slideshow. In the programs, I include the names of all the presenters and a letter to the families thanking them for a wonderful year. I also include a class picture! This year I didn't take as many pictures as I should have, so I created a "Second Grade Favorites" slideshow. I love how it turned out!

For the last minute preparations I make sure to thouroughly clean my classroom (I hate a messy classroom, just like a messy house) and decorate! This year I used a photo booth for the first time, and I just love how it came out! I also created a sign for my Smartboard and a sign to put on my white board!




At each child's desk, they have their own Star on the {Hollywood Walk of Fame} and a brochure for our program! 






On the day of the big event, students come to school in their movie star attire! I have the red carpet (red butcher paper) laid out and ready to go! They are so very excited!

I make sure to have all the certificates printed and put in the correct order of our script. I also have the winners names put into envelopes (just like a real awards show). This makes it fun and exciting for everyone!




After we finish giving out the awards, we watch the slideshow and celebrate our year with cake!


It's seriously one of my favorite days of the year, and such a great way to end the year! I promise you'll love it!

Happy Teaching!


1 comment

  1. Oh my gosh, stop it right now!!! This is THE cutest ever!!! I had my end of the year program all planned out in my head (I live in Boston where we got all the now so I'm in school for another month) but now I have to try this. It is way too cute! You are so talented! Is this a product you sell? I'd love to buy it! So glad I saw this on Instagram.

    I hope you have a great end of the school year!
    Best,
    Julie
    afirstforeverything@gmail.com
    http://www.afirstforeverything.com

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