Have you ever had a Classroom Time Capsule?

by becky on August 14, 2011

In the past, I’ve had my students fill out a form during the first few days that talks about their favorite things. I decided that this year, I still want to do a time capsule activity but I want to beef it up by adding a picture book to the lesson. To introduce the history of time capsules, I’m going to read part of this book to my class. (Thank you public library!) Does anyone know of any other kid-friendly titles that discusses time capsules? If so, please let me know!!! 🙂

Then, after we discuss the importance and significance of creating time capsules, I’m going to have them fill out the form below. I’ll collect them, put them in our class time capsule (a decorated shoe box),  and then return them to each student during the last week of the school year. They LOVE seeing how things have changed or stayed the same. If you’d like to snag a copy of my time capsule, click on the picture below.

Well, it looks like the sun is going to be out for a few minutes so I’m going to go take my pup for a walk and then bake some birthday cookies for a fur-baby who is turning 1 today! 🙂 Happy Sunday, Everyone!



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Betsy Naasko August 15, 2011 at 3:09 am

LOVE it, thank you!! Any chance you want to make one with the same graphics but for the kids to fill out at the end of the year that they can compare with the beg. of year? Instead of excited about for the year it could be what will you miss the most or something to that effect, etc…


MJ August 15, 2011 at 3:27 am

I did a time capsule with my 5th grade class and they loved it!! I also included a piece of yarn to show how old they were on the first day of school. They loved pulling it out and see how much they grew…


becky August 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I love both those suggestions! Betsy, I’ll definitely come up with an end of the year form. It will actually be a great way to finish off the school year scrapbooks I have my kids create. And MJ, LOVE the yarn idea. I’m TOTALLY going to do that this year! THANKS Ladies!!! 🙂


Lori August 19, 2011 at 2:46 am

What exactly do you mean “Thank you public library!” I cannot believe that you would come over to the dark side.


becky August 19, 2011 at 3:01 am

Lol, because the book costs like $30. That’s when I suck it up and visit the Public Library. 🙂


Tonya August 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I LOVE doing these with my 5th graders each year. After they complete the form the roll it up in a paper towel roll, wrap it with a pre cut piece of wrapping paper, tie each end with colorful ribbon (so it looks like a tootsie roll) and store them stacked in a cubby (which we can see all year). I can’t tell you how many kiddos ask the last week of school about ‘opening’ their time capsules. They REMEMBER!! 🙂 They love to unwrap them and read them. They also IMMEDIATELY take out the string and hold it up to see if they’ve grown. It’s a GREAT activity. Thanks for the idea on the book–I will definately check that out!


Judy July 6, 2012 at 1:53 am

I do a time capsule every year. On Meet The Teacher Night I leave out paper, pencils and envelopes and ask the parent to write a letter to their child to open on the last day of school.


Amanda August 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Thank you! What a great idea. Looking forward to using it with my 2nd graders in a couple weeks.


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