Spice up the end of the year and get your students engaged in reflection, writing, photography and fun!
This memory book has a modern feel to it for students in middle and high school. Students fill in the pages with writing, pictures, and any other embellishments they'd like to add to reflect their personality and style. This can be done in any class. You can also ask students to create their own cover page (especially in high school).
***UPDATED: a friend of mine fell in love with this memory book and asked me to tweak it for her 5th graders. So I did. Some of the pages are more specific and there's a My Future Sneak Peek Section. I've added the entire 5th grade 35 page memory book for you to use, just in case you prefer the look of some of the other pages. Except for the cover, I've deleted 5th grade from the pages so that they can be used with any other grade. Check out the preview file 5th Grade Memory Book: End of Year Activity
Memory Book Includes
1. Cover Page - one for 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade so that you don't need to buy additional products if you teach a mixed class or multiple grade levels. You can also ask students to create their own.
2. Title Page where students write their name, school name, city and state. They also write down a quote that is reflective of their year.
3. Table of Contents (see preview file)
4. Me, Myself and I: an all about me section where students write their age, height, hair color, words to describe themselves, trends they followed, and much more.
5. My Favorite Stuff: movie, you tube video, tweet, instagram moment, ice cream flavor, music, and more.
6. I did Learn Something! These are 5 pages where students must write 5 concepts they learned in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, History/Social Studies, and an Elective of their choice.
7. Year in Review: students must choose 5 events that happened during the year that impacted them somehow. They must include a clipping of a newspaper, magazine, or online article. One page per event.
8. Important People: Family and Pet(s), Friends/Teams/Clubs, Teachers, Counselors, and Clergy. Students also write down who's the one person who's made the biggest impact in their life. This is great practice for when they get ready to write college applications in the near future.
9. Need I Say More? In this section students have to write their thoughts on a prompt. Sample prompts: If I had it my way..., If I saved enough money..., and If I could be a fly on the wall in the teacher's lounge, this is what my current teacher would tell my next year's teacher, among many more! It also asks students to create a circle graph to show how they spent their time on an average week.
11. Instructions for Students
12. Instructions for Teacher
13. Grading Rubric (2 of them, if you choose to use the My Future Sneak Peek section and one for the version without this section)
Students will complete the project and then number the pages themselves. This gives you, the teacher, the flexibility to choose which pages you'd like them to complete (all, only 20, etc.). The students should then add page numbers to the table of contents to make it easier to find each section.
Check out some other end-of-year products:
Portfolio Project: cover letters, resumes, interview questions and more!
Discipline End of Year Survival for Middle and High School Teachers
End of the Year Teacher Feedback and Student Reflection Forms
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