Friday, July 8, 2011

Team Building Classmate Memory Trays

This team building activity was inspired by a familiar baby shower game. Of all the games played at baby showers...grabbing baby pins in rice, stealing clothespins from shower guests, and wrapping toilet paper around the  mother to be, I must admit that the baby item memory tray game is my favorite.  I use this concept in my classroom as a get to know you activity at the beginning of the year, but it can also be used as a part of your star student recognition. Students bring in 15 small items that are special in some way to them to display on a memory tray. The tray is passed around to classmates as they study and memorize the items.
Once the tray is out of sight, give students a {classmate memory tray worksheet} to fill out. Afterwards the star student gets to share about the items. I used to always do "Me Bag" sharing at the start of school, but this now takes its place. The classmate memory trays build classmate connections as well as recall and memory skills.  Can't beat that! Want more Back to School ideas? Pop on over to Fun in First's blog.

Do you have some great team building activities you use throughout the school year? It could be get to know you ideas, esteem builders, or ways to cultivate a caring classroom.                                         
***Join my Classroom Team Building Linky Party***
The first 3 ANY blogger to link up with their idea and also blog about my linky will get a free copy of my classmate memory tray activity. Start that linking up!


  1. Well I am the first one to say how much I love this idea and I will be back to add to it.

  2. I have done something like this with an inference lesson in reading. ( I borrowed and modified from Tanny MacGregor's book on Comprehension Connections). I was thinking of doing something similar to this activity so my kids could get to know me but using the museum box or some other neat gadget. I teach about 100 fourth graders so I have to dazzle them.:)

  3. Cool! I love it!! Way to have all the rockin linky parties here lately!!
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

  4. Awwwwwwwww you closed the linky party and I just put a get to know you activity and your link on my blog. No can still go by and check it out. :)


  5. Lorraine,
    I put your link into the party and opened it up a bit longer.
    Thanks for joining it.

  6. Woops, the linky party's closed. Here's what would have been my latest addition to it:

  7. Love this idea! Thanks for linking up!

  8. I'm not ready to link up, but I wanted to tell you how pretty your new blog design is!

    シ Tracey
    Our Cool School

  9. Tracey,
    Thanks so much. I needed a change in my blog desgin.
    I've opened up this Linky party again for a bit longer because I've had several link up after it was closed.
    It's open for a few more hours.

  10. This is such a wonderful idea. It will most definitely take the place of our "Me Boxes". Wonderful way to build a team in the classroom.

    Your newest follower,
    Teaching in Room 6

  11. Hi Denise,
    Just stopping by to say hi! I love your memory tray idea. I'm pinning it for next year. :)
    Happy 2012!
    Funky First Grade Fun


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