Lesson plan

Classroom Time Capsule

Help show your students' growth with a time capsule. Use the lesson plan Classroom Time Capsule to have students prepare any academic work they want to include in the capsule. They will also add a completed worksheet about their goals for 2020.
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Students will be able to reflect on their strengths and plan for the new year by creating a class time capsule.

(3 minutes)
  • Ask students to share all their ideas about a time capsule and write them on the board.
  • Tell students a time capsule is a container that holds things from the present that they will open in the future. Tell them that when they open it at the end of the year, they will have a chance to look back at their work and see how far they have progressed.
  • Explain to students that today they will create a classroom time capsule to store past work and their goals for the new year.
  • Tell them to start thinking about what they might want to put in the capsule.
(7 minutes)
  • Have students choose at least one piece of work they would like to add to the time capsule. Tell them they will be able to create something new today as well.
  • Choose confident speakers to share why they chose their work to inspire the other students.
  • Display the worksheet An Interview with the New Year or A (Little) Interview with the New Year. Choose the worksheet that is most appropriate for your students.
  • Review the instructions.
  • Model answering the questions with your own answers.
(15 minutes)
  • Allow students to work in partnerships or groups to complete the writing portion of the interview worksheet.
  • Ask them to share their answers aloud before writing them down on their worksheets.
(10 minutes)
  • Share your teacher copy of the drawing portion of the interview worksheet.
  • Ask students to work on the drawing page of their worksheet.
  • Encourage learners to add words or sentences to their drawings when they are finished drawing.


  • Read the questions aloud to learners. Have them share their answers before writing them down.
  • Provide potential vocabulary words they can use in their writing.
  • Allow students to dictate their response while you write it down.


  • Allow students to create a narrative or nonfiction piece they would like to add to the time capsule. Give them the chance to share their work before adding it to the capsule.
(10 minutes)
  • Monitor student work and correct misconceptions as necessary.
  • Have students share their final work aloud.
(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that the time capsule will be a moment in time they can look back at during the end of the school year.
  • Explain that when they open the time capsule at the end of the year, they will be able to see how far they have grown, and then remind themselves about their goals for 2020. They can then use the goal sheet as a reminder over the summer.

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