I posted a few weeks ago a template for a “Science Discovery Book” that I had planned to use with my 5th graders to bring a close to the year. I asked them to write a paragraph about their favorite science memory this past year and then draw a picture to illustrate it. I also took a photo of each student dressed in a lab coat, safety goggles, and other science accouterments. I scanned their drawings, added their photos, and compiled all of their memories into a single PDF file. I have just a few more pictures to add, and then I’ll upload the completed file — probably to Google Drive — and send out the digital file to all of the parents… That way, they can save and/or print their own copies.
If you’d like to try this with your class, you can find the template for this project at my TeachersPayTeachers store.
Check out some of the memories and artwork below:
My first year as a 5th and 6th grade science teacher is nearly over. I have to say, it truly flew by and I absolutely love it. Science has been such an enjoyable subject to teach, and I have been able to do a lot of really great, hands-on, interactive activities with my students this year. And I have even more ideas for next year as well!
I was brainstorming ways to wrap up the year just last week – I’ve seen memory books, DVDs with photos, slideshows, etc. done before – when I came up with a way to combine all of those awesome things — classroom memories, reflections on learning, fun photos, a take-home copy — into a Science Discovery memory book.
Each student records his or her favorite science memory, and all of the pages can be compiled into one classroom book. In addition, all students will sign the “Our Scientists” page. A final page with a quote by Sir William Bragg ends the book.
In my class, I have decided to add a photo of each student dressed as a scientists — lab coat, lab goggles, beakers and other paraphernalia — on their science memory page. After I collect all of their memories, I will scan each page to create a digital book that can be downloaded and printed by students and parents.
My students have just started this project, so I’ll be sure to post photos of the final product! If you’re interested in using my template, check out my TeachersPayTeachers store: Science Discovery Books by Nicole Fuhrman @ TeachersPayTeachers