The first thing that I do, around the last week in May, is send home a packet with all of the students names in it. Here is the assignment that I attach:
Of course, in the blank space will be each student's name and this will be a packet a few pages long. I always talk to my students about how important it is to take their time and choose their words carefully and I am sure to let them know that only I will know what they wrote. These words of praise are always the foundation of After all students have turned this back in to me, I get to work. Since I have a Snoopy theme in my room, and this year's students were especially fond of Snoopy, I saved different Snoopy images throughout the year that reminded me of each of my students in some way so that by the time this project came, I had at least one image saved for each student.
In powerpoint, I placed the image of each student's Snoopy on a page with their name on it (which I have taken off of the pictures for some students). I then take the words that they have said about one another and place them in text boxes around the picture. I bought special Snoopy computer paper for the border, and after placing all of the words around the Snoopy, I printed them out, one page per student. I then went to the Dollar Tree and bought 24 document frames. I placed the printed paper in the frame and...voila! A super special end of the year gift that is personalized and meaningful! Here's what they looked like: