Back to School Activity: Dear Future Me

Back to School Activity: Dear Future Me
Back to School Activity: Dear Future Me
Back to School Activity: Dear Future Me
Back to School Activity: Dear Future Me
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(2 MB|3 pages)
Product Description
The idea may be simple, but the payoff is big: students write a letter to their future selves at the beginning of school and don’t get it back until the last day of school. Using this guided format, students reflect on their past and plan for their future. You collect the sealed letters (either using envelopes or tape) and keep them safe throughout the school year. On or near the last day of school, students get their letters back. Watching students open their letters is one of my favorite moments of the school year. The letters bring out tears, laughter, pride, regret, and many other emotions. Almost all of my students choose to keep their letters.

Dear Future Me is a great way to. . .
✔ Start the school year by setting goals
✔ Get students writing on the very first day of school
✔ Encourage reflection on the past

What’s included:
Student Letter (PDF)
Letter Formatting Guide (PDF)
Flowchart of ideas to get students started (PDF)

Suitable for any subject, grades 6-12

My Back to School Resources
Student Activity: Dear Future Me
Student Activity: Scavenger Hunt Icebreaker
Teacher Resource: Chromebook Management Toolkit
Teacher Resource: Classroom Management Toolkit
Teacher Resource: Bathroom Passes and Log for Upper Grades
Syllabus: Editable ELA Syllabus Template
Student Data Collection: Introduction Survey & Writing Sample
Parent Data Collection: Parent-Guardian Contact Form

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Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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