Friday, May 8, 2015

Buddy Classes: Watermelon Memory Books for End of the Year

Are you crazy yet? Tell me, what's on your list? End of year testing, awards ceremonies, documentation to turn in, classrooms to tear down and pack up, files to organize and weed out, cumulative folders to update, not to mention all of the adorable end-of-year projects you've planned.

Yup, we've all been there. Here's another project to add to your list!

One of my fondest memories from being a classroom teacher was working with our buddies. I was an upper grades teacher at the time, and each year I set up a buddy class with one of my good friends who taught first grade! We paired up our kids and met about once a month for my kids to teach the first graders how to do something or to complete a thematic activity.

At the end of the year, we wanted our kids to take some time to think about their great memories. I put together this little watermelon memory book for our kids to work on!

Each child made their own. The responses to the prompts were adorable.

They wrote about memories with their buddies,

what they wanted to remember about third grade,

 and what their favorite subject was.

Apparently, our marshmallow snowmen at Christmas were a big hit.

They wrote about what they really wanted to remember about third grade, which for many, was their buddy. Awww, how sweet.

What do you do to have students reflect on their year?

You can grab the watermelon memory book here at TPT!

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