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Memory Boxes

We’re creating Memory Boxes in Writing Workshop tomorrow. (Then on Tuesday they’ll start writing entries based-off of the items in their box.) Problem: It’s 10:03 p.m. and I haven’t figured out what to put in my box yet. ARGH!!! I’ve started looking around my desk and have come up with items that I’m unsure of… unsure of their significance, unsure of their kid-friendliness, etc.

That being said, here are some of the things I’m considering:
-A tiny picture frame that contains a photo of me and my cousin Jeremy at Passover in 1985.
-A business card from Deal With It!
-One of the many shells (that are in a hurricane vase in our bathroom) we collected on our recent trip to Nantucket.

However, the question is, will these items lead me to be able to tell really good stories? Yes. Will they be really specific stories? Hmmmm… that depends.

I have to do some more searching — now!

3 thoughts on “Memory Boxes

  1. Each student has to bring in five items that are not expensive (i.e., no electronics or jewelry) that spark a memory. Then they put them in a box, which they’re going to decorate tomorrow. The idea is to get ideas from the items you put in the box. They can add to it throughout the course of the year.

    My colleague, Kate Smith, came up with this idea. Go to to view the sheet she gave me on it. Hopefully that will be helpful.


  2. I love this idea… could you explain your procedures and what it looks like in your room? Next week I am going to do artifacts from home…. but I think that this would catch the students interests….


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