Math Time Capsules

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This month my bright idea is math time capsules! This is a quick and easy way to evaluate students' growth throughout the year. 
 All you need to get started are a few materials. One folder for the class, a class set of blank multiplication charts, pencils, and rulers. I love this material list, because it is all stuff that I already have in my classroom.

**I use a multiplication chart because multiplication is our big struggle throughout the year, but you could use any concept that you will be working on throughout the year.**
 First, give each student about five minutes to complete what they can of your concept page. When time is up, flip it over! Students will then trace their shoe and hand on the back of the paper.

 Finally, have students measure their tracings.
Collect all the papers and place them in the folder or however you plan to store them.
We repeat this process the day we get back from winter break and the last week of school. When we are done with the third one, we break them all out and compare. When we have time we create graphs comparing our progress on the multiplication table and other measurements. 
Other ideas to include in your math time capsule could be height, weight, age, or number of family members. 
It is so much fun to pull them out at the end of the year and compare how far our students have come! 

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  1. What a fun idea! Where did you find the multiplication chart?

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  2. I'm definitely planning on doing this! I'm also going to include their monthly "Currently" responses (from Currently for Your Classroom by Oh' Boy in 4th Grade), as well as a photo of them on the first day of school as well as one on the second to last day of school. On the last day we can make some sort of memory book with everything. Thanks for the suggestions!

    1. That is genius! I am totally doing that too!

  3. This is such a fun idea!! I love, love, love the idea of the measurements on the back - not only does it create extra buy-in, but it also sneaks in extra skill practice. So clever - thank you for sharing!! :)

    One Lesson at a Time


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