Sunday, July 13, 2014

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I posted about story souvenirs on 
Facebook and there was interest,
so I thought I'd share what
they are, in case you haven't heard
of them, and how I give them!

Story souvenirs are little items
that relate to a story that students 
get to keep in a souvenir box until the
end of the year.  If you choose to start
this, students WILL ask you if they can
please take it home...each and every time...
each and every matter how
many times you say no...
until the yucky teeth...those go home!

Penguin eraser

Here's the yucky teeth

Place story souvenirs in a gift bag.
I use craft bags.

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Read a fiction and nonfiction book 
of your choice to introduce a new 
theme you are studying.

Have students guess what story 
souvenir is in the bag.  I like to draw it 
out a little...adds to the suspense! 
I have students keep them at school 
until the end of the year in their 
“story souvenir box” (pencil box).  
They love going back, looking through 
them and remembering the stories!  
Students can fill out a sheet to take 
home and share with their families.
(Link to the freebie below)

Oriental Trading order!

apple erasers

sheriff badges-careers
(Officer Buckle and Gloria)

witch fingers-The Big Pumpkin

(we also do a compound eye activity)


I've given story souvenirs for quite a
few years.  I recently started a Pinterest
board that you can see here.  It shows 
some of my fiction and nonfiction pairs
with a story souvenir.  I plan to add
the rest of them to the board this year, 
after I've taken the pictures!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday  Freebie Friday

I created a sheet for students to 
complete about their souvenir.
Get it free here!

*I don't buy all of them myself.
I ask for parents to sign up
to donate some of them.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I was looking for a linky party to hook up with on Mondays, and thanks to you I found one!! Can't wait to link up later!! Also, I LOVE your idea of story souvenirs!!! What an incredibly creative way to have students link a beloved story to tangible objects!! The way you pair it up with both a fiction and a non-fiction book is AWESOME!!! What a great idea, thank you so very much for sharing!!!

  2. Thank you Erin! I'm so glad you stopped over! Definitely link up!! :)

  3. p.s. - I love the idea of story souvenirs so much that I just had to give you a shout out on my blog about it!! I can't WAIT to try this next year, thanks again for sharing!! :-)

    Warmest Wishes,