Class Time Capsule

Social Studies/Math Activity

In this activity, children will record information about themselves and the class. Then they will include this information in a time capsule that they will reopen at the end of the year to see how they have changed.



  1. Tell children that they are going to make a class time capsule to see how they grow and change during the school year. Brainstorm with children the kinds of things to include in the time capsule. Children may want to include things such as pictures of themselves, stories they've written, facts about themselves, and a daily class schedule.

  2. Distribute copies of Tell About Yourself, read it aloud, and have children fill out only the top part. Explain that they will complete the sheet at the end of the year. Children may draw a picture to tell about themselves and attach it to this sheet. Some children may want to include information that may change, such as their height or the number of teeth they are missing. When they have recorded the information, children can place their sheets into the time capsule. Next, distribute copies of the My Favorites survey form, read it aloud, and have children fill out only the top of the form. Again, explain that they will finish the form at the end of the year. Do not put these in the time capsule yet.

  3. Divide the class into four groups and have each group use the information on the My Favorites survey forms to make a graph about one of the topics on the form. Then have children place the survey forms and the graphs into the time capsule.

  4. Allow a few days for children to collect or create other things they want to include in the time capsule. Then, with children, seal it and choose a date near the end of the school year to open it.

  5. When you open the time capsule, have children complete their Tell About Yourself sheets. They can also review the information on their My Favorites sheet and add new information (if some of their favorites have changed). Have groups make new graphs, using the new information. Then have children read their completed sheets and graphs to see how they have changed as individuals and as a group. If children drew pictures of themselves at the start of the year, they may want to draw a new picture of themselves. If you included photos of the children, take new photos for comparison. Whatever information children initially included, they should revisit it to see what changes may have occurred.


Create a checklist of different types of school work for children to include in the time capsule for comparison to school work done at the end of the year. The list could include a story or handwriting sample, some math problems, the names of books a child is reading, etc.

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