5. Create a Time Capsule (Grades 3–5)
Have students write answers to these questions:
- What is your favorite TV show? Movie? Song? Book? Food?
- What goal do you hope to accomplish by the end of the school year?
- What skills would you like to improve by the end of the school year?
- What is one wish you hope will be fulfilled by the end of the school year?
If classes are virtual, gather student responses and upload them to an online capsule (you have the option of making it private) or simply save students’ responses in a folder on your computer.
If you are doing this activity in class, you could create a folder for each student that includes the completed questionnaire, a selfie, a drawing, and a string cut to the child’s height. Hide the folders away.
On the last day of school, throw a time capsule re-opening party where students can compare the preferences, goals, and wishes of their younger selves. If you’re in a classroom, students will have their selfies and height strings on hand to compare how much they’ve grown and changed over the course of the year.
6. Dear Future Me (Grades 3–5)
Have students write a letter to their future selves. Use an online platform like futureme.org (teachers get a discount) or simply collect and save the letters yourself. The online platform allows you to set the letter to private and to choose a delivery date (one year, three years, five years, or you can choose a specific date). This gif breaks the process down.
Students can complete the following prompts to start their letters:
- Life right now is _______________ .
- I feel _______________ because _______________ .
- One thing I would like to improve by next year is _______________ .
- By next year, I hope to accomplish _______________ .
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