As our theme week concluded, we celebrated beach day. As a final activity, the students made a beach ball book of memories. Each of the students wrote about times that they "had a ball" in school this year, on circular writing paper. The students then made a beach ball out of tracers and construction paper. Once again, I used clip art to make the tracers as well as the ball. The students cut out stripes in the colors of their choosing, and glued them to the ball. On the back of the ball we stapled their memory pages. I loved hearing about the events that they enjoyed, especially the ones that I had forgotten or had felt the kids were not as engaged as I would have liked. Lesson learned: never give up on a lesson or activity! Different students connect to different things, and that value is immeasurable!