Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Time Capsule ~ Back to School Activity

So I've been MIA for the past couple of weeks. After summer school go out, we traveled to sunny California to get some love from the Grandparents, the beach, and all the fresh fruit you can handle. It's been so great and I haven't even thought about school once (we teachers know that's pretty much impossible!), okay, but really, I have been enjoying my vacation from both Idaho AND school. We still have 5 days left of vacation, but I couldn't help but re-vamp one of my favorite back-to-school activities...

The Time Capsule. I use old Crystal Light containers and give one to each student. I reuse these each year, since I just don't drink THAT much Crystal Light each year.

Then I give each child a paper to fill out. It just has a few quick questions for them to answer, but it's also a great way to show progress with handwriting!

Click {HERE} to get your copy of the time capsule form.

While they're filling out the paper, I'm busy measuring their height with a piece of yarn, so they can see how much they've grown when they open these up.

I also allow the students the option of bringing in a small toy that they can live without for the school year for their time capsule.

We then fill out the same form at then end of the year and I let them open their time capsules up. They always get so excited!

{The only downfall is if you get a new student midyear...I never remember to have them create a time capsule and then they feel a little left out on the last day.}

I can't wait to see all your great back-to-school activities. Until then though...

Enjoy your summer!

1 sweet comments:

Graig and Nicole said...

What a cute idea! Hope your enjoying sunny California!