Alphabet Countdown to Summer Activities for Upper Grades

Alphabet Countdown to Summer

ABC Countdown Activities for Upper Grades:

Are you looking for engaging activities for your upper-grade students for the final weeks of school?

You’ve probably seen primary level teachers use ABC countdown activities to close out the year but may not have found activities that are appropriate for upper grades.  Not only are these activities appropriate, but they also continue to address core concepts in language arts (sequencing using a timeline, persuasive writing, note-taking, poetry, and more)!

These activities were designed for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, but could easily be used with older students (middle school).

ABC Countdown to Summer Ideas for Upper Grades

Here’s How It Works:

Each day corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, so there are 26 interactive activities. ONLY 3 activities require supplies above and beyond printing and copying. These supplies include glue, tape, string, scissors, toothpicks, and marshmallows or play dough. The other 23 activities can be completed simply by printing and copying the pages.

Every activity includes ALL the printables you’ll need to successfully complete the activities.

Here are the alphabet activity topics by day:

  • A – Awesome Autobiographies
  • B – Bodacious Book Lists
  • C – Cootie Catcher Compliments
  • D – A Dozen Doodles
  • E – Epic Emblems
  • F – Farewell to the Faculty
  • G – Groovy Goal Globes
  • H – Hashtag High Fives
  • I – Interest Inventory Interviews
  • J – Just Joking!
  • K – Kindness Keepsakes
  • L – Lyrical Limericks
  • M – Most Magnificent Memories
  • N – Notable News
  • O – Opposing Opinions
  • P – Personality Poems
  • Q – Quick-n-Quirky Questions
  • R – Reliable Recipes
  • S – It’s a SIGN!
  • T – Toothpick Towers
  • U- Uniquely U!
  • V – Vivacious Vocabulary
  • W – Worthwhile Wishes
  • X- Autograph EXchange
  • Y – Year-in-Review
  • Z – Zoom Out Evaluation

For organization purposes, each page is labeled with the letter in the bottom right corner. In addition, activities that require an explanation include a full page of tips and instructions for the teacher.

ABC Countdown for Summer Upper Grades Teacher Tips

The planning guide (3 pages) at the beginning of the product also gives teachers a quick reference guide for printing tips (which pages can be copied back-to-back, for example) and allows teachers to schedule each activity.

The Planning Guide:

If you don’t have 26 days left in the school year, you can combine some of the activities! Many of the activities will require at least an hour of time during the day, but some of them are shorter. Take the needs of your own class into consideration as you plan each activity and decide which days you might be able to combine.

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I hope this will make the light at the end of your tunnel a little bit brighter!  Happy end of the year!

ABC Countdown to Summer Activities for Upper Grades

I am Kirsten Tulsian, an elementary educator with 18 years of experience as a teacher and counselor. My passion lies in empowering students to discover their inherent brilliance through the use of engaging, rigorous, and meaningful activities. I look forward to connecting with you!

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