This fun, end of the year activity will get your students reflecting on the year they spent in your classroom and the memories they made. The only thing students will need to complete this activity is a paper lunch bag (the lunch bags with the flat bottoms work the best as the students will be filling their bags with objects).
Students will decorate the outside of their bags by coloring and completing the graphic organizers provided, and then gluing these organizers to the different panels on the bag. There is a variety of graphic organizers, so you can pick and choose (or have the students pick and choose) the ones that suit the needs of the class.
Students will also choose 10 small objects to place inside their bags that symbolize, or remind them of their school year. For example, they could place a sports ribbon that reminded them of a particular sports game they participated in. Or, they could put a calculator in their bags to symbolize their success at remembering their math facts this year.
When all the students have completed their memory bags, they will present them to the class by showing their 10 objects and explaining why they chose these objects. This is always my favorite part of the activity. The bags can also be hung on a bulletin board (without the objects) for a fun bulletin board display -“This Year is in the Bag”.
This resource includes instructions for students to follow, various graphic organizers, a list of success criteria for completing the project, and a rubric for the overall project in case you still need another assessment opportunity.
There are cover pages provided for 1st - 8th grade.
This resource is included in my End of the Year Bundle for Upper Grades which you can see by clicking HERE.