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“Design Your Own Mortarboard” is meant to be a fun reflection activity for students at the end of their last Elementary School year before they graduate. It is set up as a “One-Pager,” with directions to be photocopied on the back of the final product template of a framed mortarboard. For their designed mortarboard, students may express their reflection responses using words and/or drawings and doodles. They should have fun and be creative!
Are you wondering what a mortarboard actually is? It's the flat cap with a tassel that is sometimes worn for graduations. I have included a definition at the top of the directions side for students to reference. Even if your fifth or sixth graders don't wear mortarboards, they are still an iconic symbol of graduation. Maybe show students some photos, including ones that have been decorated. They can imagine themselves wearing their own decorated mortarboards!
Students should complete the prompts on the planning side first to get their thoughts going. They are 11 questions which ask them to think about their time in elementary school. Questions include:
On the final product side, I have included shortened prompts in some of the sections in grey print. They are grey so that students may color over them, and they won’t be visible in the end. They are also numbered, which corresponds to the question number on the directions side of the page.
For the graduation year, students are creating a charm that would hang from the tassel. You may want them to color the tassel to represent school colors.
Thank you for your interest in this resource. As a fifth grade teacher, I know how exciting this time of year is for students as they get ready for middle school. I’d love to hear about how this activity goes with your students!
P.S. Interested in a version of "Design Your Own Mortarboard" for middle school? Let me know and I'll make it happen.