Between testing, finishing up grades, field days, assemblies, and more, life can get quite hectic during the bustle of the end of the school year! Having low-prep, meaningful end of year activities that students can work on at their own pace, completely independently is SO key during this time. This unique, fun End of Year Backpack Book works perfectly for that. It is a fresh twist on the End of Year Memory book that fosters student reflection on themselves academically as well as socially.
Included are pages for describing their favorite memories, topics, ways they improved and goal setting for next year in each of the major content areas (Science, Social Studies, Math, Reading, and Writing).
These can work well for a teacher that has students for all subjects, or to split up amongst teachers that are departmentalized by content areas.
Also included are pages that have students reflect on themselves as people, friends, and family members throughout the school year. Students describe “snapshots” of the year, memories with friends and family, times they showed good character, and personal goal setting.
It is super easy and low prep to assemble. Students simply cut out each page of their backpack, fill them in, and staple the pages along the left side.
- Memories I Take (Snapshots & Captions, open-ended)
- What I Take as a Mathematician
- What I Take as a Reader
- What I Take as a Scientist
- What I Take as a Writer
- What I Take from Social Studies
- Experiences I Take (With Friends and Family)
- What I Take as a Person (back page of backpack)
- A blank back page of backpack option
When putting the books together, I like to print the front and back covers on colored card stock to make the book a bit sturdier and to make the colors pop. The inside pages I just print on regular white paper.
This resource is also flexible in that you can feel free to use some or all of the pages with your students.
These “What I Take from this Classroom” Backpack Books can also be purchased in a discounted bundle with the “What I Bring to this Classroom” books for a back to school all about me activity.