Time Capsule Resources

The Once Upon Our Time Capsule curriculum is open to educators across the country. While we are no longer accepting submissions for Chicago’s Giant Time Capsule, we encourage you to leverage these resources as a way to help kids reflect on their experiences throughout the pandemic. If you do use our resources, we’d love to hear from you. Please reach out to us at hello@ourtimecapsule.org.

The curriculum was created by Chicago Children’s Theatre and the mental health resources were created by The Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Both are geared toward children between kindergarten and 5th grade, but are adaptable for older ages.

Interactive Video Resources
Video: Make a time capsule in 5 easy steps
Meet Lizzy, Micah and Terry who will lead you through 5 simple steps to help you tell your story and make your Time Capsule.
Video: Haz una cápsula del tiempo en 5 sencillos pasos
Conoce a Lizzy, Micah y Terry que te guiarán a través de 5 sencillos pasos para ayudarte a contar tu historia y hacer tu Cápsula del Tiempo. Echa un vistazo al enlace debajo de los videos para la traducción al español.
Group / Classroom Resources
Tell Your Story 1 Hour Lesson Plan
Students will write and illustrate their own Once Upon a Time story about their journey through the past year, highlighting a moment of fear, a moment of joy and their own bravery.
You Are a Hero 1 Hour Lesson Plan
In this one-hour lesson plan, students will create a puppet of themselves as a superhero and a Time Capsule to reflect on their bravery this past year!
5-Day Curriculum
In this 5-Day Curriculum, students will understand that they are an important part of history and that their experience is meaningful to generations to come.
Exercise Bank
A series of activities for reflection and exploration. Feel free to choose a path and select games that you like, use a combination of both, or create your own entirely!
Self-guided Resources
Comic Book Worksheet
In this comic book worksheet, kids draw and write the beginning, middle and end of their story of the past year!
Instruction sheet
This instruction sheet guides kids through self-directed time capsule creation with fun and exciting ideas for telling their stories!
Hoja de Instrucciones
¡Esta hoja de instrucciones guía a los niños a través de la creación autodirigida de cápsulas del tiempo con ideas divertidas y emocionantes para contar sus historias!
Worksheet with link to QR codes
This worksheet guides kids through the process of making a time capsule with help from our video series!
Hoja de trabajo con enlace a códigos QR
¡Esta hoja de trabajo guía a los niños a través del proceso de hacer una cápsula del tiempo con la ayuda de nuestra serie de videos!
Event Resources
Pop-up guide
Create your own Time Capsule event using fun and interactive activities and stations for building individual and communal Time Capsules.
Mental Health Resources
Lurie’s Guide for Educators for Hard Conversations
As challenging or painful feelings emerge in conversation about kids’ experience in the pandemic, the Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children’s Hospital has created a resource for supporting these conversations for educators.
Guía Para Educadores
A medida que surgen sentimientos desafiantes o dolorosos en las conversaciones sobre la experiencia de los niños en la pandemia, el Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children’s Hospital ha creado un recurso para apoyar estas conversaciones para los educadores.
Lurie’s Guide for Families for Hard Conversations
As challenging or painful feelings emerge in conversation about kids’ experience in the pandemic, the Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children’s Hospital has created a resource for supporting these conversations for families.
Guía Familiar
A medida que surgen sentimientos desafiantes o dolorosos en una conversacíon sobre la experiencia de los niños en la pandemia, el Center for Childhood Resilience de Laurie Children's Hospital ha creado un recurso para apoyar estas conversaciones entre familias.
The curriculum was created by Chicago Children’s Theatre, with Lizzy May, a Chicago Public School teacher and arts integration specialist, at the helm, and with the support of Micah Figueroa and Terry Guest. The Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children’s Hospital created the mental health resources. All Spanish translations were done by Benito Lara.
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