Students worked hard all week? Do they deserve a special reward for a job well done? The lesson and project ideas below are meant to fill the bill for Friday afternoon fun and learning. Some are simple games or activities that will reinforce skills as they offer a nice break from structured learning. Others are project ideas to be completed over multiple Friday afternoons. Click a link below to explore any idea in more detail. Adapt it to your needs. And have some Friday Fun!
Learn about students' interests from the "profile posters" they create.
Charting a Year of Growth
Older students and younger buddies team up for yearlong fun.
A Week in the Life of
A yearlong project creates a great end-of-year memento.
Getting-to-Know-You Venn Diagram
Students discover common interests and unique abilities.
A colorful chain promotes teamwork all year long.
The Alphabet Game
Use this lively, team-based game to reinforce spelling skills.
Wax Museum Biographies
This engaging lesson in history could be used as a Halloween alternative.
Pop Up a Card
This art activity offers monstrous Halloween fun.
Twenty-Five: A Math Card Game
Practice math facts using this easy-to-play card game.
Students burn off steam in this fun game; a nice reward after a week of hard work.
"Get the Ball Rolling": Fun With English Language Idioms
Create a book of literal illustrations of English-language idioms.
Measure the Mayflower
Take students on the playground to "map out" the size of the Mayflower.
Create a Book on Tape
Students create a great school resource. A nice community-service project idea too.
A "Boring" Lesson Plan in Geography
Boring, Maryland, is one of many unique place names. Can your students find more?
This game can be adapted for any grade, any math skill. Math BINGO cards included.
Pass the Chicken
A fun, fast-paced game; a great way to reward a class for its hard work.
Micrography and Martin Luther King Jr.
Students' signatures create a larger-than-life image of Martin Luther King.
My Alphabetical Autobiography
Students reflect on and chronicle their lives from A to Z.
Candy Colors: Figuring the Mean, Median, and Mode
Count candy by color and then calculate mean, median, and mode.
Candy hearts replace battleships in this fun coordinate-math activity.
Create a Virtual Tour of Your Community
Engage students as they create a PowerPoint show about their community.
Who Works at Our School?
Students interview members of the staff and create a bulletin board display.
Rock or Feather: A Critical-Thinking Activity
Students make and defend their choices in this interesting activity.
This fun game builds vocabulary and creativity.
Students learn a math "magic" trick as they practice 2-digit addition.
Drawing Lesson Improves Communication Skills
Seven-Letter Scrabble Spell-Off
How many words can your students create with seven Scrabble letters?
Design a Poet-T
Students turn plain white T-shirts into fabulous poet-T's!
Challenge students to create a human number line.
Student Immigrants Journey to Ellis Island
Ellis Island simulation increases students' understanding, empathy.
Math Madness: A Game for Small Groups
Adapt this active game for any math skill you are currently teaching.
ABC Books Aren't Just for Babies
Students work on their own or in teams to create a book. 100s of ideas included!
What's the Mystery State?
Use the clues to learn which "mystery state" is being described.
"Photograph Math" Word Problems
With cameras in hand, students bring math word problems to life.
Anagram Family Time
Unscramble the four anagrams. What do they have in common?
A Month With No Holidays?
Students create their own holidays for celebration in holiday-less August.
No one understands teacher jokes and humor quite like another teacher. To give you some much needed laughs, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite teacher-focused jokes. Laughter is a great medicine, and we hope these bring you some.
1. It’s worth a shot
Remember, it’s important that centers work for you.
2. A lesson in playground physics
Newton’s cradle with children = bad idea.
3. Periodically hilarious
4. Grammar is important
Talk about being a stickler.
5. Gotta get some grammar humor in there
It’s present participle vs. past tense instead of Jets vs. Sharks.
6. Valid point
Cha-ching! Can you imagine?!
7. Math can be a bit dramatic
Sometimes letters and numbers just don’t mix.
8. Creativity should be rewarded
This just in: Glue isn’t just for paper.
9. Anchor charts can have many purposes
An interruption can be catastrophic—or totally awesome.
10. If only
The way it should be.
11. Sharpies always spell trouble
Can’t trust a teenager armed with a permanent marker!
12. Party time
Go ahead and bring this one to the next professional development day!
13. Commas matter
Yikes. This one is a good lesson for elementary, middle, and high school!
14. Teacher-style negotiation
Does this happen?! Class assignments = teacher poker.
15. Twenty-first-century teaching
Invite technology into the classroom or confiscate it. Your choice.
16. Math teachers like to challenge you
Make a poster like this to hang up in your classroom. Remember to show your work!
17. A good side to be on
Nerd desserts for the win!
18. Worth the wait
Facts: Students learn better when they’re listening.
19. Pretty amazing
It’s kind of like a superpower!
20. Don’t upset a librarian
They hear everything!
21. You truly have the best intentions
Serenity now. Find your serenity now!
Read more funny teacher jokes on our Teacher Humor Pinterest board.