I am going to share with you a memory book my colleague Laura shared with me years ago. I know it's probably too late to do this, but it is something worth thinking about for another year.
Each child picks a special memory from the school year. It's important that students know, once someone says a memory it is already taken. I write the memory on the easel. We pick memories over the course of a few days. We have a lot of discussion of memories from the school year. You could read the book Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox.
|Write 21 different memories|
I let students make their faces on kids pix for the book. We did make faces in the fall, but I thought it would be nice to see how much they have changed! I was able to get the whole class done in one day. I used Kid Pix, you could use Kerpoof too.
I saved face as JPEG and imported into iphoto to crop. Once faces were cropped, I made the cover on Pages. I just had to drop and drag. The cover of their books is above with all the faces and names.
Now, I come up with different things to go with that memory. Each child will take home a memory book that has 21 different memories made by them! Sometimes I have the students draw a picture. I may find a photo from the memory.
Below you see a few examples
for the Halloween memory I just put a haunted house project we did in October.
For hat day we drew ourselves.
We made apple trees for apple picking.
In the end all the students have the memory page with their friends face and comment but the next page in the book is created by them!
|Here is an example of a few pages |
This is the memory page and the next page has the project.