So, only a few more days are left of the 2009-2010 school year. If you're a teacher with thin skin, stop reading now. If you're open to constructive criticism, please read on.
Remember this blog? It's all about resources from vetted sources for supplementing your classroom activities. Out of ideas for creative use of time? Put down the DVD remote! There are phenomenal resources available online that you should be able to share with your whole class. I'm not aware of any fees or other restrictions on the sites highlighted here.
www.nps.gov/webrangers/ or http://www.nps.gov/learn/juniorranger.cfm). Pick a park or topic that relates to your students' abilities, interests, or your subject. Print off the workbooks and try to do the Junior Ranger activities from the classroom using Internet resources. Or log on as a class to earn badges together through the Web Ranger program. After you've done a patch or two, or more, as a class, send information home about the program for summer activities for families. Use individual computer time to work toward individual badges.
Please consider using the down time to teach kids that learning can be fun. Allow them to pursue their own interests now that the test is behind them. By doing so, you'll be encouraging the lifelong learner.