Memory Books

Have kids practice their newfound writing skills with these art-filled memory booklets that document everything they did and learned this year. They’ll have a lasting memento, and you can compile the pages in a class book for your incoming students to read.

Things You'll Need:

Letter-size paper in white; colored paper optional
3-hole punch
Glue
Scissors
Ruler
Coloring utensils
Yarn or ribbon
One photo of each of your students
Precut letters of the alphabet (one full set for each student)



What to Do:

1 Create a space for students to write by drawing six to seven horizontal lines an inch apart on both sides of a blank letter-size sheet. Then, make 14 double-sided photocopies for each student.

2 Design a cover sheet with the title “The ABC’s of _____ Grade.” Add “By ____” below the title. Next, make a color photocopy of the cover sheet for each student. Add a solid-color sheet as the back cover. (You can also leave the front cover blank and invite students to write in the title and decorate the page themselves using markers, crayons, or colored pencils.)

3 Then, use a 3-hole punch to make holes in all 16 pages. Bind booklets together by threading ribbon or yarn through the holes.

3 Pass out blank booklets and have students write their grade and name on the cover, where indicated. To complete the look, ask students to glue a personal photo below the cover title. (They can bring photos in from home or you can print an image of each member of your class before beginning the activity.)

4 Bring precut colorful versions of each letter of the alphabet to class, so that each student has a full set from A to Z. Have students glue one letter onto the heading of each page of his or her booklet. (Alternatively, print out blank white letters and have students decorate them or ask them to make each letter on their own.)

5 Underneath each letter, ask students to write a complete sentence or two describing one thing that they learned or did this year that starts with that letter. Begin each sentence with "[Letter] is for [word beginning with letter]." For example, "B is for bees that make honey."

6 To complete the activity, invite students to illustrate each page. They can glue on precut images or draw their own. For example, to describe bees, a student might include a drawing of a bee or a honeycomb. When finished, have each student read a page from his or her booklet to the class.

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Photos: Adam Chinitz
Stylist: Morgan Levine
Craft Ideas: Pari Deshpande