The Time Capsule: Don’t Open Until High School Graduation Project is a 25 page set filled with everything you need to lead your class through this end of the year activity, including detailed teacher notes.
I really love this time capsule, as it’s a great activity to do during the last week or two, when most kids have shut down for the year. This is an extremely motivating project and it has a purpose…a keepsake of memories and thoughts of the year and a reason to write… to create your own time capsule that you'll be able to open and read in the future! Lots of fun.
Specifically, this project contains:
Time Capsule Cover Page
My Favorites Page
A Questionnaire Page
My Character Traits Page
Self-Portrait Page and Artwork Pages
My Handprint and Footprint Pages
Top 5 Inventions and Top 5 Predictions Pages
If I had $100 Page
News of the Day Page
Cost of Living Pages
Dear Future Me Pages
Handout for Dear Future Me with Instructions
Detailed Teacher Notes
I have done time capsules at the end of the year quite a few times now. It all started when my son (now in his 20’s) brought one home in 5th grade and then opened it after high school graduation. It was so much fun and such a meaningful thing to share with him, that it motivated me to create something similar for my students.
In this time capsule project, I really love how each handout gives information about the child, from tracing the handprint, to cutting a piece of string as tall as the child, to lisiting current favorites (bound to change by high school graduation) and more!
I especially like the letter writing activity. It not only reviews the parts of a friendly letter (including two different templates for the classic or modern letter writing styles) but really taps into the child’s personality at this point in time. There are detailed notes that will guide your students to create this special “Dear Future Me” letter. The letter could be simple of course, or even a 3 - 5 paragraph letter, depending upon the age and ability of your students.
I am super excited to share this end of the year time capsule project with you. I hope it’s something that will become a tradition in your classroom and that you enjoy it year after year!
If you're looking for an end of the year week long unit, check out these:
Summer Safari: End of the Year Unit for 3rd - 5th Grades
Art Adventure: End of the Year Unit or or Anytime (3rd - 5th Grades)
Beach Club: End of the Year Unit for 3rd - 5th Grades
Here are some more end of the year resources:
End of the Year Literacy Set for 3rd - 5th
End of the Year Award Certificates: Editable
End of the Year Awards: Editable
Tales of a 1st Grader Memory Book
Tales of a 2nd Grader Memory Book
Tales of a 3rd Grader Memory Book
Tales of a 4th Grader Memory Book
Tales of a 5th Grader Memory Book
Tales of a 6th Grader Memory Book
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Have a wonderful end of the year!
The Teacher Next Door