How to Hold a Yearbook Signing Autograph Party
A new, fun way for students to sign autograph pages
The autograph signing party at the end of the year has always been something students and I look forward to.
Students would go around with the yearbooks, asking for signatures and little messages.
Those students without yearbooks would get a little paper copy book I made or just a piece of paper.
They liked it, but I always felt like the students without yearbooks were missing out a little bit.
Having students collect autographs on a piece of paper was fine, but how long did it take before the page of memories and nice messages was lost?
I decided to created a digital experience so all of my students would not only have a unique experience but they’d also have a digital copy of their autographs to look back at for years to come.
I wanted to make it really official, so I created a party invitation to get students excited!
The invitation had all the details of the party. I posted the invitation image in the stream of Google Classroom to start the build up!
When it was party time, I shared the Google Slides presentation that I created. Each student chose a slide in the presentation to customize with their name and photo. (They love taking their selfie.) When everyone claimed their slide, they went through and wrote a nice message on each of their classmates’ slides by typing in the text boxes I provided them.
Students wanted me to have a slide as well, so I included mine and also participated in the autograph signing.
I told my 2nd graders that they could write just their name, but I really encouraged them to write a little message to each of their classmates. And oh my, they did such a nice job! They all wrote a really sweet message to each of their friends. They loved it.
We all started working at once, but I told students that they could come back to it throughout the week to finish their autographs. I’m still impressed with how nice of a job they did. They loved reading what all of their friends said to them.
When students were finished, I printed the presentation and gave each student their own copy. If they had a yearbook, they taped it in there. If not, they would just keep it in a special place with the rest of their end of the year awards and activities. They always have a copy in their Google Drive too if they misplace their printed version.
Ready to give it a try? I’ve got a template ready to go for you. It’s updated every year with the current year and includes step-by-step instructions even if you’re new to Google Slides.
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Easy-to-Use for Teachers and Students
It was the student’s FAVORITE activity. They customized the pages and printed theirs to attach to their year book!! This was fabulous!
Rebecca, 4th & 5th Grade Teacher
Even though this wasn’t listed for Kindergarten, I bought it for my class! I was able to add their own little photo on each slide and I taught them how to “sign” their friends’ yearbook pages and then print out their own! They loved getting this closure that we couldn’t have in person. It was a fun way to connect to each other and show our love as a classroom community. It was also very easy to use:)
Syndee, Kindergarten Teacher
OMG I LOVE THIS!! It worked so well! The kids got to “sign each other’s books” even though they hadn’t seen each other for months! What a great time we had.
Brainbody Bond, 5th Grade Teacher
I followed the directions and it worked great! Very cute way to end the year!
Julie, 2nd Grade Teacher
“Thank you so much for creating a resource that allowed my students to leave a lasting memory with their classmates when we didn’t have yearbooks! We all enjoyed using this product on the last day of school!”
Print, Cut, Laminate, 4th Grade Teacher
Great Resource! My students really enjoyed working on these slides. It was a great way for my students to connect at the end of the year too. Thank you!