One way that I like to make my students feel special is by giving them a personalized card at some point during the school year. In the past, I used blank cards and just wrote a short message on them, but I decided to make the cards a little more historical. The card is blank on the inside, which allows me versatility in what I am writing to them. Sometimes, I am writing to say "Thank You" for a gift or "Happy Birthday." Other times, I will write a short note of encouragement to them if I feel like they have had a rough day or week. I also use them as a way of saying "Congratulations" or "Great Job" on your test or project.
I have yet to see a student who has received one of these cards with Abe Lincoln flexing on the front of it, not smile when they get it. Everyone loves getting a hand written note and I love to tie history in with everything.
The file comes with the lines ready to fold and cut. I typically print off enough to give each student one throughout the school year. They can be printed on regular copy paper just fine, however, I usually take them to Office Depot and print them there. I can do a whole set for fairly cheap. They will cut them too and they look a little more official on card stock.
However, you use them, I can guarantee it will help you improve the relationship with your students in your classroom!
Read about how I use them in my classroom here: