This school year was the first time I ever had my students complete a memory book, so I was a little surprised at how much I enjoyed reading my students’ responses. They were so thoughtful and original, and I felt that even though I had already been with my students for almost 180 days, I was still able to get to know them on an even deeper level. I started thinking about how useful that information could have been at the beginning of the year rather than at the end, so fast forward a few weeks later, and I now have a Back to School Book for my students to complete. The look of it is similar to the memory books I created, and there are a couple pages with the same questions (all about me, my favorites, school subjects, and accomplishments). However, the majority of the pages ask different questions that are better suited for the first days of school (what makes a great teacher, what are your study skills like, what are your first impressions, etc.) than the last day of school.
I plan to use the books as morning work for my students on the first full week of school. It takes me a little while to teach the procedures in how to do all of our morning work activities (more on that coming soon), so this will be the perfect stand-in while I’ll still working on routines and procedures. I’ve added it to my TpT store if you’re interested.