Class Time Capsule

Social Studies/Mathematics

Children will record and graph information about themselves and the class. Then they will include this information in a time capsule that they will reopen at the end of the year to see how they have changed.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Tell children that they are going to make a class time capsule to see how they grow and change during the school year. Brainstorm with children the kinds of things to include in the time capsule. Children may want to include things such as pictures of themselves, stories they've written, facts about themselves, and a daily class schedule.
  2. Distribute copies of Tell About Yourself, read it aloud, and have children fill out only the top part. Explain that they will complete the sheet at the end of the year. Children may draw pictures that tell about themselves to attach to the sheets. Some children may want to include personal information that may change, such as height or the number of missing teeth. When they have recorded the information, children can place their sheets into the time capsule. Next, distribute copies of the My Favorites survey form, read it aloud, and have children fill out only the top of the form. Again, explain that they will finish the form at the end of the year. Do not put these in the time capsule yet.
  3. Divide the class into four groups and have each group use the information on the My Favorites survey forms to make a graph about one of the topics on the form. Then have children place the survey forms and the graphs into the time capsule.
  4. Allow a few days for children to collect or create other things they want to include in the time capsule. Then, with the children, seal it and choose a date near the end of the school year to open it.
  5. When you open the time capsule, have children complete their Tell About Yourself worksheets. They can also review the information on their My Favorites survey forms and add new information (if some of their favorites have changed). Have groups make new graphs with the new information. Then have children read their completed sheets and graphs to see how they have changed as individuals and as a group. Children who drew pictures of themselves at the start of the year may want to draw new pictures. If you included photos of the children, take new photos for comparison. Whatever information children initially included should be revisited to see what changes may have occurred.

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