Every year, I have my students fill out a time capsule worksheet that I keep in a jar labeled “time capsule” in my room. They fill it out on the first day of school and I store it on the shelf until the last day. The students get so excited to see what they wrote, and are astonished by their answers. This year, I decided to elevate the time capsule and actually make a more detailed time capsule craft, and complete it during the first week of school.
I turned it into a lesson to discuss:
- Using scissors
- Traffic patterns around the classroom
- Coloring expectations
- Complete sentence structure
- How to turn in assignments using the file sorter
Instead of putting them on the shelf immediately, I hung them up to display them in my classroom. The students enjoyed looking at what the other students created. I also had an immediate decoration in my classroom for any impromptu Marzano reviews.
After the first month, I took down their time capsules and stored them. They easily fold flat and I was able to fit them in a shoe box shape box.