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Memory Book

Create a cherished keepsake or gift! Fill this accordion-fold book with memories of great times shared with family, teammates, and friends.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Ask students what were the most important times in their lives. Document their contributions to the discussion using a classroom white board and Crayola Dry-Erase Markers.
    2. Ask students, working individually, to select one of their important life events to create a Memory Book. With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, students make a list the event’s highlights. Assist students with writing as needed.
    3. In preparation for making their books, students cover their work areas with recycled newspaper. Cut watercolor paper with Crayola Scissors into front and back book covers. Encourage students to be imaginative when painting the covers with Crayola Washable Watercolors and Watercolor Brushes. Dry.
    4. Cut two pieces of cardboard the same size as the book covers. Attach covers to the cardboard with Crayola School Glue. Dry.
    5. With Crayola Fine Tip Markers, students write the titles of their Memory Books on the front covers. Include the date. Students leave space for a picture or photo of themselves if they like. Add extra sparkle with Crayola Glitter Glue. Decorate the back cover, too.
    6. Students measure and cut strips of construction paper that are as tall as the book. Glue strips together in order to make several pages. Fold strips like an accordion, making each page as wide as the book. Glue the first sheet to the inside of the front cover.
    7. Encourage students to write journal entries about their special events. Include names of family or friends who participated. Draw pictures. Attach photos. Include tickets, brochures, or programs.
    8. Tie Memory Books together with ribbon, yarn, or raffia.
    9. Provide time in the school day for students to share their Memory Books with classmates.
  • Standards

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    MATH: Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Individually, students create self-portraits which include brief descriptions of significant events in their lives. Students can illustrate their own events.

    Students use the Memory Books format to propose a mystery person to classmates. This may be a famous person that the student is researching, another classmate that they are presenting to a group, etc. Prior to creating mystery books, the class of students create questions to pose during an interview. Sketch appropriate pictures throughout the mystery book to assist with uncovering the mystery person.


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