Time
Capsule
 
My students created time capsules last year and they were a huge hit with both the kids and their parents, so I thought I'd share the things I did, many of which were shared with me by other teachers.
The first week of school we did one time capsule activity each day for three days:

st day:  The students completed a worksheet with information about themselves.  They list some of their favorites and draw a picture or write about their future plans.  These worksheets are available below.  

I also take pictures of each student using my digital camera for the next day's project.

Time Capsule Worksheets

nd day:  I print out the student's picture on the top of their writing sheet.    They then write their name under their picture, then write 2-3 sentences about what they want to learn in 2nd grade.  The Word Documents are available below.  They draw their handprint on a 1/2 sheet of paper and write in their name and the day's date.

Beginning of Year
Student Writing
End of Year
Student Writing

rd day:  Each child is given a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" white card stock.  The students create a design with a pattern to it (to go along with our patterning objective of course!) using crayons.  While they do this, I come around with string and cut a piece of string to match their height.  I also give them a list of their current classmates I have printed on some back to school stationary. 

Once they finish their patterning, they roll the card stock long ways and I seal the tube with a 2" x 3" sticker on it that I have printed: 

Time Capsule
That day's date
Student's name

Then we roll up their Favorites paper, their class list and their writing with the string caught between two of the sheets and slide these into their time capsule.  I put the complete time capsules into a box and store them on a shelf in my room.

  One of the last weeks of school we repeat what we did at the beginning of the year, only I did it all in one morning

First:  The students complete a worksheet with information about themselves.  They list some of their favorites and draw a picture or write about their future plans. 

I take each child's picture with a digital camera.

Second: The students write about what they liked best in 2nd grade on the sheet with their picture.  They also draw their handprint on a 1/2 sheet of paper and write in their name and the day's date.

Third:  The students receive a class list and are measured with string for their height.

Then I give them their time capsules from the beginning of the year and we compare and see  how they have changed in appearance (pictures), height (string), handprints
(compare size), favorites & future plans (worksheet) and their handwriting and writing skills (student writing). 

That was lots of fun to see how my students were proud of how much they had changed in just 9 months.

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