Hi everyone! My name is Kathie from The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher. I am excited to share my guest post with Marsha today. I hope you find my tips on creating a Back to School Time Capsule helpful! Teachers can do this with their students and parents can do this with their children. : )
What time of the year is better than “back to school” time? It is a time for a fresh start and new beginnings with a group new students. Many teachers spend months planning for this time; we want to get the most out of these first few weeks of school because we know that they will set the tone for the entire school year. One of the things I love to do during the first few weeks is to create a time capsule with my students. It is a great way to capture those new moments shared during the first month of school. It is even better when students can open them and see how much they have grown over the year(s). Creating a time capsule is fairly easy. Here are some tips below:
- Begin by choosing a date you would like to open the time capsule.
- Decide where you are going to store them.
- Give students ample time to collect the items that they will be adding to their capsules.
- Choose the container that you will be using to serve as the capsule.
Items you can add to each time capsule:
- Pictures of the student (with family, playing with their favorite toy, visiting their favorite place, etc.)
- Label from their favorite snack or food
- A list of 10 things under a dollar
- The URL for their favorite website
- An All About Me survey
- Current newspaper article (i.e. an article about the 2012 Summer Olympics)
- Current footprint and handprint
- A self-portrait
- A recent ticket stub (movie, concert, etc.)
- A list of predictions (i.e I think__________________ will be elected for president in November 2012)
You can use one of the following items as a time capsule:
- Potato chip container
- Oatmeal container
- Plastic/ cardboard pencil case
- Coffee can
- Any type of canister with a lid
Time capsules are great for preserving parts of the past and can be used as an authentic tool for measuring student growth. I hope you have a great school year! Check out my blog each week for more great back to school ideas, tips and activities!