Saturday, July 19, 2014

FREE Reflection Tool: My Week in REARVIEW

Hi friends!
I'm Jessica from "Joy in the Journey"
I'm a 5th grade teacher in Washington.
I'm so excited to be collaborating on this blog by sharing some fabulous freebies.

Today I'm sharing an older product
...but it's got a new look :)

Each Friday I have the students fill out their “rearview mirror” with pictures and key words/vocabulary from different topics we've learned about that week. 
It serves several purposes:
1. It is a wonderful way for me to assess what they’re retaining and which activities they are really enjoying
2. It lets parents know what we've been doing in class and serves as a talking point on Friday nights
3. It perfectly complements my travel-themed classroom :)
I have included two templates:
you can do this as a weekly or a monthly activity

Once the mirrors are filled out, you can do a number of things with them:
1. Send them home each week
2. Collect them in a folder called “My YEAR in Rearview” to send home at the end of the year as a reminder of all the students have learned
3. Put them up on a bulletin board
4. Keep them in student portfolios
This could also be a good review for a particular subject/topic. 
For example, I've used it at the end of a social studies chapter: “1920s in Rearview”
 I also like to use it during the first week of school to have the students describe their summers. They write a short story to go along with their Rearview Mirror: 
Click the picture to check it out - and while you're there, leave feedback if you like it :) 


  1. What a great idea. I'm going to give it a try for sure. I'm picturing holding an actual rear view mirror when I introduce it to my English Language Learners. Thanks for sharing!

    Surfing to Success

  2. I love this! You're so right, it can be used for so many different things! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  3. This is so cute and a great idea! I'm going to have fun using this with my incoming class. Thank you for sharing. :-)

    Teaching: Art of Possibility


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