Celebration Education

May 24-28

5/25 Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

2001: A Space Odyssey


Think back to each of the books of literature you’ve read this school year. Sequence them into chronological order according to the time in which they are set.

Collect the projects you’ve worked on this year and organize them into a display or scrapbook to show off the things you’ve done for school.

Write a science fiction story.

What do you think life will be like in 2051? Write about it in your Wishes! Journal.

Choose a person that you’ve learned about this year. Prepare to do an impersonation of that person for the closing celebration next week.

Predict what your life will be like in 5, 10, or 20 years from now. Write about it in your Wishes! Journal.

Prepare a presentation for next week. This could be a “great brain” project, a re-enactment, a retelling of a classic story, a cultural dance, a musical performance, or anything else you would like to show off.

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To infinity and beyond

Make Wands

Have friends sign wands

Materials: Dowels, ribbon, electrical tape, cloth markers

practice Wishes! song

review of the year
Match the wishers to their successes
yesterday, fantasy, future

Materials: Pictures of wishers, pictures of accomplishments

make photo albums

Materials: album covers, pages, glue sticks

Accomplishments of the past

Students fill their photo albums.

materials: pictures from this year, markers, scissors, glue sticks, scrap-booking paper

Favorite Fantasies
Who said, “To infinity and beyond?” He is a hero figure. Who are your hero figures?

What are the qualities of a superhero? Write these down and save them for the discussion in the next activity.

Create a super hero My kids love this game. Issue each child with a piece of A4 paper and pencil. Each child takes his paper and out of view of the others, draws the head and neck of an imaginary super hero. He then carefully folds the paper over twice, just so the head is hidden from view but let just the neck should be show. The papers are then passed round clockwise so each child now has a different paper. He then draws the body and arms and again folds the paper but just so the bottom of the body is showing. The papers are passed round again and the last person draws the legs and feet plus adds the name of one of the guests to the bottom of the picture. The papers are folded for the last time and passed around once more. The guests then take it in turns to open up their paper and to reveal who is the Super Hero and what he looks like. This always causes a lot of laughs and is a popular game so have lots of paper ready.


Who are your favorite real-life heroes/wishers?
What are their qualities?

A hero does what everyone else does.

Answer the questions all together. Change the wrong sentences into true sentences (opposites)

Make a list of qualities of a hero/true wisher

Have the students make lists of their own wisher qualities.

Materials: Questions, paper, pencils

Plan for infinity
What is infinity?
Demonstrate infinite time by having two students hold a string that stretches all across the room. Place a small clip in the middle. This is a timeline. The clip represents every event we know in the history of the world. All of the string before that is the time leading up to that point. Everything after the clip is the future. But time is not finite, it is infinite. As far as we know, time has always existed and will always exist, so imagine that the string continues on both ends beyond the walls, out as far as you can see and forever.

Now say that the string represents space. The clip not only represents where we are on earth, but also in our solar system and galaxy. Except instead of space being a single line, imagine millions of lines coming off off the clip in every direction and going on forever. There are billions of stars in our galaxy and billions of galaxies in the universe. There is no known end to the universe.

Materials: string, clip, pictures of our galaxy, infinity symbol

Wisher of the day – You!
have each student make their own wishers journey. They can make one based on a past accomplishment, another that's pure fantasy and start a third one, ending with what the wish for. This wish will be made into a certificate to be presented to them in the closing celebration.

If you could change the world, what would you do? If you could do something good that would be remembered long after you have died, what would it be?

Magic: plan, college, study, press on, rethink, create, retool, get help, etc.
Set goals for their future

Materials: wisher posters, pencils, markers


Race to the future

Superman Muscle Game
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What You'll Need:
Many Balloons (30–40)
An Air Pump (optional)
A Set of Adult-Sized Clothes for Each Team


Blow up at least 30 small balloons (i.e. no more than 6" long or wide). An air pump might be useful! 

At The Party:

Divide the children into teams of 3 or 4. Have each team choose one player to be "Superman." Place the balloons between the teams. Have each Superman put on a set of adult clothing (a sweat shirt and sweat pants work best) over his/her clothes. Set a timer for 1 or 2 minutes. 

When you say "Go," each team must stuff as many balloons as possible under their Superman's clothes. When the timer dings, remove the balloons from each Superman one at a time, counting to see who had the most muscles (popped balloons don't count).

At the park




Catch Phrases
To infinity and beyond
Oh bother!
I'm late!



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