June 17, 2012

Yearbook Printable!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, especially my dad!! (He doesn't read this, but I talk to him endlessly about blogging so I'll let him know!).

So, this afternoon I whipped up a little project for the last week of school and wanted to share...

Many of you know I teach both 4th and 5th graders--and that means our last week of school tends to be very busy with different grade level activities. Especially for the 5th graders! Since they are graduating this week they have a fieldtrip, a special lunch, class T-shirts, and a lovely yearbook. 

My 4th graders always feel a bit left out. I know that some of them will get the same lovely treatment next year and I tell them that but that's not the case for all of them.

Since my class is for newcomer English Language Learners, not all of my students will be returning next year...they have acquired enough English to move on. So that means several of my 4th graders are heading to mainstream classes and back to their neighborhood schools. 

Those are the guys I feel bad for--they're leaving but without the closure of a graduation!

And, this year, I have a mostly 4th grade class. So...I decided we would work on yearbooks of our own together, while the 5th graders are out for various activities :)

I realize many of you have finished your school year, so I'm including the covers shown above, as well as ones for next year...
(just in case you'd like to tuck it away for next May/June). The covers feature two different color choices (that fancy swirly line is for their names!).

The inside pages print in black and white and can be photocopied, to save ink. I'm printing out some favorite photos (2" by 3", to save paper and ink). Then I'll cut them with the paper cutter and let my 4th graders choose their favorite pics, glue them in, write up their favorite moments, and color in the template...

I'm thinking it will be about 4 or 5 pages of different memories (field trips, Field Day, salmon release, state projects...).

I added a different page template too, for traditional 4" by 6" photos, in case you'd rather use larger pics for your class (I'm being thrifty right now, so maybe I'll do that next year!!).
I also threw in a page for friends' signatures, so they can join in on that fun on the last day of school when the 5th graders get their official yearbooks...

And that's it! A pretty easy project (I think!). I hope it will be a nice keepsake for my sweet 4th graders who are moving on. And I hope you can use this yourself...let me know if you can!


Does your school make yearbooks? For all of the grades or just for your graduating class?

17 comments:

  1. Enjoy your last week of school! I love this memory book. Amazing as always!

    Swimming into Second

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  2. So cute...and I am all about thrifty!

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  3. What a nice treat, Dear Kristen!

    We used to have a yearbook... but it was so labor-intensive (both design and sales),that all of the committee members gave up. Each year, the kids ask "Why don't we have a yearbook?" I think we all miss it...

    I love what you have shared--it's the perfect compromise!
    Thanks for always being so sweet and so INCREDIBLY generous with your time and resources.

    I'm cheering for you to finish your school year!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  4. Our school has a school-wide yearbook. In my class we create a Memory book which is similar to your Yearbook. I love the cover-thank you for sharing it!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  5. This is great! Thanks Kristen! We have a yearbook that includes all grades, but it's a bit pricey in my opinion ($20 I think?). I always feel bad for the students whose parents do not buy them a year book, so I always have a memory book that all students can use! Yours will be a great addition for next year!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  6. This is so creative! What a great idea. I will keep this in mind for next year. Thank you for sharing.
    Amy K.
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

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  7. I was the creator of our school-wide yearbook for 3 years and it was way too labor intensive. During my first few years of teaching I made memory books similar to this. It is definitely a great keepsake and is more meaningful for kids than the purchased one because they get to make it! Five years ago I started to make video yearbooks for my class. I use Movie Maker or iMovie to create a slide show of all the photos I took during the year. We watch the video on the last day of school and I have a DVD copy of the show for each of my students as a keepsake. Usually I even make a small video of the kids being silly to a song like the Monkees Theme. This is one of my favorite end-of-year activities, and when I taught 6th grade I usually have emotional kiddos (even the boys!).


    Upper Grades Are Awesome

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  8. I love this, Kristen. I'm definitely tucking it away for next year. Enjoy your last few.......

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  9. Your so thoughtful and fabulous. I am deff saving the 2012/13 copy for next year. :)

    M

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  10. Thank you for sharing this wonderful resource! I cannot wait to use it with my class. One request- I work in a British International school; is it possible to get a copy where favorite is spelled 'favourite'? Silly British spellings! ;) Thanks!

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  11. I have already printed this and filed it away for next year!! ;)

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  12. I love this! What font did you use for the "Yearbook" words? I can't find it from the names of the links you gave. Thanks!!
    Kelly

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    1. Hi Kelly, it's Scruffy Angel by Sweet Shoppe Designs :)

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  13. Love the idea of a memory book and I so wanted to do it this year with my kinders but it so did not work out. Next year I will make sure that I make some time the last week to create one. I love your cover format. :)

    Victoria
    themadnessthatiskindergarten.blogspot.com

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