This is a great activity for public, private, or homeschoolers. I used this as part of a student portfolio in public school. Now I use this as a beginning of the year activity as a homeschooler. Each year I find or make a slightly different version of this. You can download and print this activity by clicking below.
All About Me
Each year that I taught fourth grade, I made each student a book or portfolio. I didn't tell them that I was making a book but kept it a secret for the last days of school. I used the All About Me activity as the first two pages of the book. I had the students fill this out as they came in on the first day of school. Then about three weeks before school let out in the spring, I asked them to fill it out again. I did not mention that we had already done this activity earlier in the year, because I didn't want students trying to remember what they had previously written on the paper. Then I included both copies in their individual student books. They were then able to compare their likes/dislikes from the beginning of the year to the end. I also included many work samples, two autograph pages, two scrapbooking pages, and a class picture in each book. I took pictures of the students frequently and hung the photos on a rotating photo bulletin board. At the end of the year, I would collect all the photos I had taken throughout the year, and let each student choose 8-10 pictures to add to their scrapbook pages. It was a great end-of-the year activity, and the students had a nice portfolio and memory book to keep.
Do you have any beginning of the year activities to share?
This post was featured in the Homeschool Showcase #78 at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.