Sunday, May 5, 2013

Pocketful of Memories ~ Memory Writing Craftivity for K-5

The countdown's on...How many days do you have left?

We're trying not to count because we have SO much left to do
But, being job share partners, we don't mind our total days left because we can divide by 2. The downside, our paychecks follow the same protocol...
 
We are really tightening up our writing skills, and adding a little crafty twist to wrap up our school year. 
 Pocketful of Memories is our K-5 differentiated memory writing craftivity. We create the pockets as a whole class, teach them how to make a memory writing pencil or two, then set all the supplies out in a center or throw them out on tables for *independent* work, and let them go to town!
We created it to give students an opportunity to reflect upon our school year through writing...An area we are really hammering focusing upon in this last push of the year. 
 With consistent craft and writing directions, they quickly get the hang of it Selfishly, we need the independent time to squeeze all of our end of year assessments in while they are busy, busy, busy and don't need a lot of teacher support to work.
 There are pocket templates for grades K-5, along with a generic one with no grade level listed. 

There are also differentiated memory writing templates for varying grade levels or abilities

Last year, we found some taking this to a competitive level.
It became a competition to see who could "collect" the most pencils in their pockets. We didn't discourage the friendly competition because they were writing up a storm. At Open House, we displayed them on the back of one of our doors. 

We used our school colors, purple and yellow, for the pocket colors. 
It's all about the little details in life...Right?
 The only thing we felt bad about was all our families wanted to crowd around and read them during Open House. We didn't account for very many people squeezing into this space, so we'll be moving them to a bigger board this year. Live and learn...  
  What's Included:
-Pocketful of Memories Assembly Instructions
-K-5 and Generic Pocket Templates
-Pencil Craftivity Templates for Copying or Tracing
-6 Memory Drawing Prompts
-2 Blank Memory Drawing Prompts (Create your own!)
-6 Primary Memory Writing Prompts
-2 Blank Primary Memory Writing Prompts (Create your own!)
-6 Upper Grade Memory Writing Prompts
-2 Blank Upper Grade Memory Writing Prompts (Create your own!) 

We've updated this unit with 2013 pencil toppers and will do so each year in January
So, buy it once and have it for life...
Well, or at least until retirement. 

 Click the pic below to take a closer look.
 The countdown is on!
How many days do you have left?









 

 




3 comments:

  1. Aww - those are the cutest! If I was a mom in your class I would love that keepsake. How fun!! I can't believe the countdown is on.. our open house is 16th.
    :o)
    Vicky

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  2. Some really useful slides here. I've been looking for something like this to help with a research piece I've been working on.

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