This is always one of my favourite activities to do in primary. It creates a lovely keepsake for your students, so they will always remember why they are so special!
I have included a writing template for a shorter message, a longer message for older students, and a page with a picture, in case you would prefer your students colour the picture instead of creating their own special drawing. I typically ask my students to draw something special for the birthday student, and if they are stuck I encourage them to draw a birthday cake and decorate it with the student’s new age.
When making this “cahier d’anniversaire”, the birthday boy or girl will work on colouring and decorating the cover page (C’est la fête de _____!”) while the other students work on completing special birthday messages for their classmate.
Depending on the age of your students, you may need to do some modeling. When I taught grade 1, I would gather my class at the carpet and we would brainstorm what we love about the birthday student. (Yes, we would do this with the birthday student at the carpet with us! They always beamed the whole time, hearing all the reasons we love them!) I have included more detailed instructions for modeling/how to use inside this resource.
When writing their message for the birthday student, they begin with “Cher/Chère ____,” and then write “Bonne fête!” or “Joyeux anniversaire!” They then include a few reasons why they like the birthday student.
Grade 2 and 3 students might be able to write these birthday messages independently, whereas my grade ones had no problem referring to our brainstormed list to write the particular message they wanted to say to the birthday student. When all the students have completed, you can attach all the pages together and send this meaningful keepsake home!