As many of you know, one of my favorite mentor texts to use in my classroom is
There are so many ways to use it in the classroom!
One of my favorite ways is to use it for these fun
The Important Thing About XXX Grade
Have students thin about the most important things about being in this grade, as if giving advice to incoming students. Next, have them complete the frame and illustrate. Bind into a class book and share on the last day of school, AND save it to read to your new students the first week of school next year. It will become a favorite in your classroom library, especially if you do it over several years. It is so fun to compare them!
The Important Things About US!
For this one, have students think about how they want their classmates to remember them. Then they complete the frame and illustrate. I always make copies of the completed pages, along with the autograph pages, into keepsake booklets for each student. They can have their friends autograph their books.
I have also used their text and added photos of each child to make a slideshow, and copied to DVD's for the kids. See Caitlin's post here about how to create slideshows using SmileBox.
You can grab either one of these files for free, this week only, by clicking on the images above. If you miss them as freebies, you can find them in my TPT Store.
For more End-of-the-Year ideas, visit our Pinterest board.