How to remember the school year! Freebie!

A few weeks ago I made a memory book for my students to complete as the school year comes to an end.  I showed my students the book and we began talking about the school year.  Students couldn't believe that we had less than 30 days left.  What I couldn't believe was they couldn't remember much from the first half of the year!  Students could recall the big moments (holiday parties and field trips) but not many of the day to day activities.  I had groups create mind maps of the school year and they were able to recall more when they brainstormed together.  One of my students said that we should have written down what we did each day and then we would have remembered.  What a great idea!  That's when I came up with, you guessed it, a jar!  My "A Jar Full of Memories" helps students record their memories throughout the school year.  Memories can be written daily (I'll probably make it a job next school year, the recorder!) or as you see fit.  Simply jot down a sentence or two on a note card and place it in the memory jar.  I figured we can pull out memories during the year when we have an extra moment.  At the end of the school year students can read through all the memories and have lots of ideas for their memory book!  I know it's jumping the gun for next school year but I was afraid I would forget by the time August rolled around!

You can see A Jar Full of Memories in my TpT store or TN store.  As usual, it's free for the next few minutes at my TpT store.  Just leave some feedback and let me know what you think!!


  1. I love it! Can't wait to use it!
    ideas by jivey

  2. Great idea! Excited to use it in my classroom! Thanks for sharing :)