Monday, May 27, 2013

EOY Activities and a Giveaway!

My students finally finished up their writing yearbooks and today, I bound 36 books! My first and second graders (next year I'll have kindergarten complete them too) have been working since September on these yearbooks.

Every month, they completed a page and I used it as a writing assessment. It is fun to see just how far they have come in writing and I'm sure their parents will appreciate the keepsake.

Here are some examples from second grade.

This story was 3 pages long!

We also finished up our memory books. Here are some examples from first grade.

My students think I'm so clumsy! Sadly, I really am!
And, finally, my kindergartners finished up their interviews. I promised them I'd bind them all into a book, but I didn't get to it yet. Here are some examples.

The finished product is front to back.

There is also a planning sheet, but I left those at school!

If you are interested in doing any of these activities with your students, here are the links:

Click here for the writing yearbook.
You'll notice I updated it for next year.

Click here for the memory books.

And click here for the interviews.

8 more days!!

Oh, by the way, I'm having a short giveaway on my facebook page.
One of my blogging buddies, Tessa, from Tales From Outside the Classroom, has donated her Everyday Essentials Bundle. It's chock full of digital papers and frames. If you enjoy creating like I enjoy creating, this is a must have! Click the image below to enter!


  1. I really like the idea of doing writing books. I haven't been on top of their writing as much as I would have liked this year.


  2. This is a wonderful idea, Lori! It must be so great for the students (and the parents and you) to see how far they have come throughout the year. It is also a great way to make sure that you have a writing sample from each month. Thanks for sharing!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. Such a cute idea Lori! You know I love your stuff. I miss seeing you everyday. Thanks for sharing.

    The Teacher's Backpack

  4. LOVE The Writing Yearbook, Lori. How cute! I am getting your Writing Station Activity for Young Learners (1 and 2) and Posters to use next year. I love how you organized your papers. I have had one of those organizers for years and have always struggled with a good way to label each section. The binder clip is genius, I tell ya! I can't wait to do that with mine. :) Thanks for sharing.


  5. Seeing your beautiful little ones writing and attempt at spelling some hhuuggeee words for their age, it really makes me miss younger year levels.

    I only teach yr 8-12 Math and really miss this 'sweet' age! :)

    Liz - BaysideMathTeacher

  6. I love the writing year book! I will definitely be grabbing that!!


    Teaching with Grace

  7. I LOVE the writing yearbook! How fun is that for the parents to read?!! I will definitely be putting this in my file for next year!

    Polka Dots, Checks and Stripes

  8. Hi Lori,
    The end of the year books are so fun for them to look back on. Happy summer.
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  9. I absolutely LOVE the Writing Yearbooks! I do a similar thing with my fourthies, but I need to cutesy it up for next school year! (One of the MANY things on my to-do list;) ) So glad I found you through the linky and happy to be following :)


  10. ummm...I need that writing yearbook! that's what I want to do with my kids next year!


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