I teach 6th graders, and the theme for our classroom is "Changes." On the first day of school, I have my students complete this brochure where they are recording and writing about some of their favorite interests.
For the "It's My Bag" section, they complete the list and bring in drawings, magazine pictures, or photographs of five items from the list.We then create a paper bag backpack using lunch sized bags and place the pictures inside. As a get-to-know you activity, students randomly pull a picture from their bag and talk about the event. Later, we'll write about this event.
At the conclusion of the activity, students will close their time capsules and place them inside their paper bag backpacks which is then placed inside their class writing folder. We won't look at them again until the end of the school year, where the time capsule brochure will help the students see how much they have changed since the beginning of the year.
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