End of Elementary School Reflection One-Pager // Design Your Own Mortarboard

End of Elementary School Reflection One-Pager // Design Your Own Mortarboard
End of Elementary School Reflection One-Pager // Design Your Own Mortarboard
End of Elementary School Reflection One-Pager // Design Your Own Mortarboard
End of Elementary School Reflection One-Pager // Design Your Own Mortarboard
End of Elementary School Reflection One-Pager // Design Your Own Mortarboard
End of Elementary School Reflection One-Pager // Design Your Own Mortarboard
End of Elementary School Reflection One-Pager // Design Your Own Mortarboard
End of Elementary School Reflection One-Pager // Design Your Own Mortarboard
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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!

This resource includes:

  • Terms of Use // Personal Classroom Use only
  • Teacher's Guide
  • Design Your Own Mortarboard, side 1 // Student Planning Page
  • Design Your Own Mortarboard, side 2 // Final Product Page

Resource specs:

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:

  • What does this school mean to you?
  • One lesson I have learned is...
  • What's one area in which you've grown or improved?
  • What's one of your favorite memories that you want to remember?
  • What's one hope for your future? Your classmates' future?

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.

Just a few ideas for students' designed mortarboards...

  • Add it to the front of an end of the year portfolio
  • Students can slide these inside yearbooks or memory books
  • Make a bulletin board for Graduation or Promotion Ceremony
  • Hand to students with their elementary school certificate
  • Students can give these as a gift to their parents
  • Put on desks or bulletin board for end of the year Open House
  • Include with report cards at the end of the year
  • Fun last week of school activity
  • Early finisher activity

Other reflection activities:

Other Comic Book and One-Pager Templates:

This resource is for personal classroom use only. Please read the enclosed Terms of Use document.

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!

♥ Stephanie

P.S. Interested in a version of "Design Your Own Mortarboard" for middle school? Let me know and I'll make it happen.

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3 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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