Mentees share things they like and that are important to them using their speech-generating device and/or partner-assisted scanning.
Mentors begin to take the lead with a simple and fun activity.
Mentors briefly introduce the Time Capsule activity to the mentees. Students are given a description and the purpose of a time capsule. They are encouraged to work together as a group to complete their individual worksheet, providing their own personal favorites within each category. These personal favorites are then placed in their time capsule, buried and opened at the end of the school year to see how their selections may have changed.
Students complete a survey that reflects their current interests and then place that document in their time capsule.
“A time capsule is a sealed container that holds memories and personal information that you can look at in the future. Together with Thanh and Tyson, you will all come up with information about yourselves. Thanh and Tyson will type your answers into the time capsule on the computer. We’ll then print out your information, put it in your time capsule and bury your time capsule in the garden. At the end of the school year, you will find your time capsule and check out the information to see if anything has changed.”
The Time Capsule worksheet has 10 categories to complete. At the start of the activity, mentors share their favorite things from their worksheet to provide an example to the mentees.
“Thanh or Tyson, do you have a favorite day of the week?”
“My favorite day of the week is Friday!” – Thanh
“Tyson or Thanh, is there a scent that you really like?”
“I like the smell of the rain.” – Tyson
“My dad’s cooking.”- Thanh
The mentees then work with the mentors to complete their worksheet using their speech-generating devices and/or partner-assisted scanning.
Using Speech-Generating Devices:
“Job, do you have a favorite room in the house where you like to hang out?” – “My bedroom.”
“Collin, do you have a favorite subject in school?” – “Writer’s Workshop.”
Using Partner-Assisted Scanning:
“Collin, what’s your favorite holiday? Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, something else?” – “Christmas.”
“Job, what’s your favorite sport? Football, Baseball, Soccer, something else?” – “Baseball!”
The group selects a location to bury their time capsule. Together, they determine a date to open their time capsules at the end of the school year.