I have been doing an A-Z Countdown in my classroom every year for a few years now. It’s my FAVORITE way to end the year!
What is an A-Z Countdown?
In the last 26 days of the school year, you celebrate a different letter of the alphabet by doing something special. I love using it in my third grade classroom because it’s the first time my students will have end of the year testing and it’s a stressful time of year! The A-Z Countdown lets them have something to look forward to each day in between all the test prep and allows a little extra fun in our room. I have seen a lot of people do an A to Z countdown over the years but I’ve tailored my A to Z countdown to be the most exciting it can be for my class and now yours too!
Why Do It?
It’s FUN for everybody involved! My students and I both love doing this. It also makes the last 26 days of the school year so special for us and lets me treasure the time we have together a little bit more.
Want Details on Each A-Z Countdown Day?
There is a detailed guide on what I do for each A-Z Countdown Day in my own classroom here!
Every day of the countdown you get:
-A poster to display what day it is
-parent reminders to send home each day
-a page that shows how I’ve implemented that countdown day in my own classroom! This includes tips and pictures to make the most out of each day!
The A to Z countdown has been used in my classroom four years in a row. This packet gives you the tips to make each day the best it can be!
Teaching Online? Looking for a Virtual A-Z Countdown?
You can easily adapt these ideas to use with your students online. Last year, when we were virtual unexpectedly at the end of the year, I looked at the list provided and used each one with my students on Facebook! I made a private group for my parents that only they could see. They joined and I would post the A to Z challenge for them to do at their house. The parent would take a picture of their child doing that activity or holding the object. Kids and parents LOVED doing this during the spring of 2020 when were all under lockdown.
For example, on A day (Animal Day), parents posted a picture of their child holding their favorite stuffed animal. Then, all of the kids could look at the different pictures of what their friends were up to. On B Day, (Ball Day), students posted a picture of themselves playing a sport or doing a ball-type game with their family. This continued the 26 days leading up to the end of the year.
Here Are Another Few Ideas How to Do This Digitally:
- You could easily do this by having kids take a picture and upload it to a Google Slides document in your Google Classroom.
- Send out what students should do for each day via Class Dojo or Remind text.
- Have parents email you the pictures and you share them with students on a Google Meet or Zoom Call during your daily morning meeting.
I hope you have a happy end of the school year!!