The last week of school can be rough and that's where I am right now. What else is rough? The week before spring break. At our school, we went 9 weeks without a day off. No snow days, in-services, or even half days. By the time spring break rolls around, the students (and staff!) are done. I needed a quick lesson that would be simple and hold their attention without them thinking they were doing school work.
I took inspiration from this post on Pinterest from ELA in the Middle. I asked students "What makes you happy?" I got responses ranging from video games to family to pizza. Students then took their ideas to decorate a 4x6 index card for our Wall of Happiness.
After all the K-5 classes had decorated an index card, I glued the cards to larger pieces of construction paper. This made it easier to attach to the wall. 6 large papers rather than 200 individual index cards makes a big difference when I will pull the staples from the wall.
Here's the final result:
Next year, I'm going to create a border and call it a Happiness Quilt.