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My Memory Box
Grade Level(s): 1-2
By: Jane, Grade 1/2 Teacher

This activity allows young children the opportunity to verbally express themselves while using concrete materials of their choice.


  • Book -Me & Mr. Mah
  • A box (shoe box)
  • personal objects selected from home


  1. Teacher reads aloud the story Me and Mr. Mah.
  2. After the read aloud, the children discuss what the memory boxes looked like and what was in each memory box.
  3. Teacher asks the children to create a memory box from home and each child is given the opportunity to present their memory box.

Perhaps two children a day can present, or set it up as a presentation centre and children can sign up to present and view. This center could be ongoing. In order to give each of my children a turn, four children presented each day: first thing in the morning, at the end of the morning, first thing in the afternoon and at again at the end of the day.

A number of the children wanted to set up the contents of their box for further viewing.

At the end of each presentation the children asked their audience the following questions:

  • What did you like about my memory box?
  • Do you have any questions about the contents of my memory box?

This activity was a wonderful learning experience for everyone. As a teacher, I learned a great deal more about my students.


I am in the twilight of my career, and if I had to do it all over again, I would in a minute. I love children, having been blessed with four of my own and six grandchildren. All the very best to the new teachers beginning their careers. It is a rich and rewarding experience to work with children of all ages.


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