This product is designed for use with elementary or secondary students during the first few days of the school year.
Teachers may use this activity alone or in conjunction with a more complete time capsule that holds other artifacts such as hand tracings.
The sheet contains two sections - a left-hand section to be completed at the beginning of the school year and a right-hand section to be completed at the end of the school year. Students include information such as their favorite singer, favorite app, favorite game, etc, as well as a picture of themselves. At then end of the school year, students can see how they have changed (or stayed the same) over the school year!
Please note: This product does assume that the teacher will be taking a small individual picture of each student that can be printed and taped/glued to the sheet both at the beginning of the year and the end of the year. The teacher may also ask students to take and print a picture of themselves at home and bring it in.
The following are the actual "Ideas for Use" that come with the product:
Ideas for Use
1. At the beginning of the school year, take a picture of each student and print the pictures at home.
2. The next day, give each student his/her picture and the “time capsule” sheet.
3. Have students:
• Write their name in the frame at the top in a decorative manner.
• Fill in the school year(s) at the top.
• Tape or glue their picture in the picture frame in the left column.
• Fill in all fields in the left column.
4. Collect the time capsule sheets from all students and either store them away until the end of the school year, or place them with other artifacts in a Pringles can or some other small storage container that might serve as a time capsule.
5. At the end of the school year, repeat the process. (re-take the students’ pictures and print them out at home. Have students tape or glue the end-of-year picture in the frame and complete the fields in the right-hand column.)
6. Students may then take the sheet home as a keepsake to show how they have changed (or stayed the same) over the school year!
I have used this activity with my own students for years, and they always absolutely love it! I hope yours do, as well!