The end of the year is quickly approaching, and it’s important to finish strong! As you wrap up the school year, consider these engaging end of the year activities for Spanish class to help review and prepare for the following year.
Looking for traditional review ideas? Check out this post about review and reteach.
Review & Show Skills with a Portfolio
I 💜 a portfolio project
I always do a portfolio project with my students, it’s my favorite way to end the year. Not only are my students engaged, on task, and reviewing learned skills, I also get time to take down my classroom and get organized while they work!
For my portfolio project, I create a list of all of the skills and themes that my students have seen throughout the year. I reteach and review as needed at the start of each class, or ask volunteers to explain the concepts, then students spend the rest of class time preparing a page in their portfolio about this concept. This lets me support students who need additional help and catch up on administrative or organizational stuff at the end of the year.
Looking for a low-prep portfolio project? Grab my Spanish 1 review portfolio here.
Need a rubric for the portfolio? Download this FREE presentational rubric for Spanish 1!
Usually I’m not one to suggest a big cultural unit, because I’d rather teach smaller pieces of culture on a daily basis. BUT these end of year ideas are too good to pass up.
Consider a Film Unit
Looking for something super engaging and fun? Consider a film unit! The one year I taught Spanish 4, this was my favorite thing we did. I taught the historical and cultural context of the films that we watched, and my students wrote comparison essays about the films and their contexts. Grab my free unit planning brainstorm worksheet to start planning.
Student Choice Project
Honestly, these are the most fun to grade! With your class, brainstorm a massive list of concepts that you’ve seen, that they’re interested in, that they’ve heard of, and let them run with their favorite topic to create a project. Students can create presentations, games, posters, etc. about their chosen topic. It’s a fun way to dig deeper into their curiosity and wrap up the year.
Write a letter to Future Students
I’ve had students write advice letters to future students, or write advice for their past selves. Both are great activities that encourage students to reflect on their work.
This is a fun way to end the year! To start, you can brainstorm a full list of superlative ideas with your students, then create your own certificates or have them create wacky certificates for superlatives. When working on superlatives, keep them positive and uplifting. Our students may not remember what we did in class, but they will always remember how we made them feel. We want our students leaving the year with positive memories.
Reflection and Goal-Setting
One of my favorite end of the year activities for Spanish class is goal-setting. Since I teach Spanish 1 and 2, most of my students are going on to another level of Spanish learning. It’s great for them to reflect on their strengths and growth goals. I do this quarterly, and an end of the year reflection helps them set goals for the next level of Spanish studies. Check out my reflection and goal-setting worksheet!