The school year is filled with a lot of assigned activities almost every month. There’s United Nations’ Day every October, Nutrition Month in July, and of course Christmas Parties in December. Don’t bore your students with the same old activities every year, instead surprise them with these new ideas that can spark more fun and interest to them.
July – Nutrition Month
Nutrition month events usually include slogan and poster-making, dance-jingle, and cooking contests. But this time, give the cooking contest a twist. Make the students use their imagination and creativity by having them prepare usual snacks or dishes secretly healthy, like a brownie that’s filled with vegetables. The yummiest, healthiest, and most creative wins.
August – Buwan ng Wika
It’s almost the only time of the year students speak strictly in Filipino. Your students expect you to give projects like forming a speech choir or sabayang pagbigkas but you can surprise them by assigning them this fresh new project. Make the students turn their favorite classic Philippine literature into a musical play, but using only OPM songs. It’s music plus literature and you can also see how your students will try to combine the past and the present.
October – United Nations’ Day
Why not make the students bring their favorite food from the country they represent on United Nations’ Day? If they haven’t tried anything from foreign countries, they can bring something that they think would taste delicious. It would not just be a feast for the eyes but also for the tummy. Students will enjoy the United Nations’ Day more by sharing different kinds of food from all over the world.
October – Halloween
In the Philippines, Halloween is not as widely celebrated as it is in the US, but kids love sweets and dressing up. Organize a Halloween party for your students where they can go trick or treating. To add a twist to the party and to be eco-friendly, their costumes must be made from recycled materials. They can go trick or treating to other sections and class levels so they can meet new friends.
December – Christmas Party
Make your Christmas party more meaningful this year, hold a Christmas party for a cause. Have the students organize their own charity drive—it can be in the form of a play, a musical, a talent show, or even a carwash. The money that they will earn will go to a charity they choose to help. That’s the spirit of Christmas after all, it’s a season of giving.
February – Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is all about spreading love, and with love comes kindness. Spread kind words to your students this year. Have your students pick their classmates’ name in a bowl. Then, make them write things that they like about them. In this way, not only are you teaching them how to be kind and loving towards their classmates, but also giving everyone the chance to receive a Valentine’s Day gift.
Student TED Talks
This activity can be done at any time of the year. You can do this weekly, monthly, or quarterly depending on your class schedule. In your own version of TED talk, instead of inviting grown up speakers, the speakers will be the students themselves. They can share inspirational speeches, stories, helpful tips, and anything under the sun that might help their fellow students. This kind of activity will highlight the students’ values and also improve their public speaking skills.
The end of the school year is both a long-awaited and dreaded time for students and teachers. Make the time you spent together even more memorable by recounting the times you spent together and holding an awarding ceremony. Have your students take their pick on who should be given the awards like, “Early Bird Awardee”, “Paper Supplier Awardee”, “Generous Sharer of Lunch Awardee”, “Class Clown”, and many more. Hold a mini ceremony in your homeroom and prepare some snacks for all of you to enjoy. This is a good way to leave another enjoyable memory to your class and to leave them with something worth remembering.
Always find and offer ways to make school activities more fun, exciting, and interesting. Make this school year an unforgettable one for you and your students.