High School Time Capsule Activity to Encourage Dialogue

Are you looking for a fun High School Time Capsule Activity?  My oldest isn’t quite old enough to create one to celebrate the rated R movie “Eighth Grade” DVD release, but I teach high school and I am excited to try this new activity with them.  The only thing is that I want to try them with Freshman and ask them to open them as Seniors!

High School Time Capsule Activity

In the movie Eighth Grade, there are lots of lessons to be learned in the movie.  The one that sparks up the best conversations are all included in this great movie.  With social media creating a fake persona of some people it is easy to being to live life and put yourself last.

Having these conversations with kids to help with them emotional skills and how to tackle adversity in life is really important.  That is why I love watching movies with my family is that it is much easier to talk about the movie and what they were teaching afterwards, rather than randomly getting out a book to discuss the trials of life.

High School Time Capsule Activity

Have your mature kids (remember this movie is rated R) watch Eighth Grade with you, have some great discussions about the movie (provided them below), and then have them write a letter to themselves to give to you to share with them at a later time in life.

Conversation Starters:

What did you think about Kayla’s personality online compared to in person with her dad or at school? Was one better than the other?

What do you think are good boundaries for you own access and freedom with technology.  What are different pages that you like and how are you using it?

What did you notice changed for Kayla after the incident in the car and why?

What did you think about the moment where Kayla gave feedback to popular girls?

After Discussions:

Need: Box (shoe size), Paper, Construction Paper, USB drive, Stickers

Have your teen write a letter to their future self.

Include a selfie in the box.

Have them decorate different signs with their favorite inspirational quotes.

Have them record a video to themselves like a video journal and save it on a USB drive.

Have them fill the box and choose a DO NOT OPEN date and tape the box shut.

Once it is time to open the box have them go through it and learn from themselves!

About Eighth Grade:

Eight Grade Movie & High School Time Capsule Activity

Purchase the DVD/Blu-ray Eighth Grade. Don’t forget your popcorn and snacks!  This is a movie must.

Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year—before she begins high school.

Read our Eighth Grade Review.


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Answer: If you were to have made a time capsule 10 years ago what do you think or wish you would have found if you opened it today? (One entry per person.)


  1. Thank you for the chance!

  2. I would love to find all of my many years of pictures…magically organized into albums!! Obviously something I’ve never gotten around to!

  3. Carrie Critcher says:

    Would love this!!!

  4. Shekinah Reed says:

    If I opened a time capsule I’d want to find everything that would remind me of my younger self in hopes that maybe I’d hang on to part of that girl. Carefree and hopeful.

  5. Steve Weber says:

    8th grade is a major year that shapes who you want to be and who you think you want to be 🙂

    thanks for the chance Enza 😉

  6. Mya Murphy says:

    Pictures, videos, report cards, and old love letters ❤

  7. Susan Thevenard says:

    I wish I would have found items from when my hubby and I first met and fell in love! A journal would have been great too!

  8. this is great,thanks for the chance.

  9. If I had a time capsule to open from ten years ago I would hope for it to contain a letter to myself reminding me that I have been through hard times and good times and to never lose hope of give up trying.

  10. Deborah Cochran says:

    I miss my high school days! I remember being sad when eighth grade was over and nervous about entering high school but had great friends. Love looking back at my yearbook 🙂

  11. I would love to find my missing videos and pictures

  12. Matt Carrillo says:

    This would be great!

  13. Coins

  14. Maybe some stuff from when my husband and I first got together. We rarely took photos and now I am sad.

  15. Photo albums of my family.

  16. looks like a great movie! thanks!

  17. Kristin G says:

    I wish I would find some random toys that I liked to play with. I would love to find a tamagotchi

  18. Jeani Brickner says:

    If I had left myself a time capsule ten years ago and opened it recently, I wish I would have written myself a letter saying where I hoped I’d be. I also think it would be fun to find an old piece of my creative writing and a picture of myself and my husband pre-kids.

  19. A gold nugget because the price of gold now

  20. Adrien Beatty says:

    This would be an absolute treasure as my child is heading into jr high. Thanks for the chance.

  21. A letter from my husband’s parents. They have both passed away and I couldn’t think of a better item to get to open today.

  22. Jasmine R says:

    I’d love to find photos! 🙂

  23. Shakeia Rieux says:

    Letters from family/friends, family history interviews on dvd and sibling drawings.

  24. Laura Ramirez-Ammerman says:

    I would like to know that after to bad and abusive marriages that I was able to obtain financial stability so I wouldn’t have to depend on anyone to support my family. I’m not expecting to be rich, just independent.

  25. Gina Rosenwald says:

    This would be a real dream come true

  26. Katie Bellamy says:

    I love the idea of the time capsule!

  27. A picture of my best friend and I

  28. Jahaziel juarez says:

    I would of loved to find original movies from that year. And those collective Coca Cola glasses lol

  29. Jahaziel juarez says:

    I would of loved to find those collectible McDonald glasses. I had a couple and lost them. They would be really cool to have now

  30. I would like to have my diaries (since lost) in the capsule.

  31. I wish It would have had pictures of fashion,Movies, cds , a video of us talking about current events

  32. Keith Wilson Jr says:

    Yes I can still remember 10 years ago

  33. I wish I would have found more pictures of those who are no longer here on Earth with me.

  34. Cool!

  35. Janice Brewer says:

    I would love to do this with the kids. To put some things away and look at them at a later date

  36. Rachel Rohde says:

    I think it would be cool to find what phones were popular back then or letters that people have written.

  37. This would be a great project for all my photos and a project to do with my daughter for her daughter

  38. Derrick Johnson says:

    I would put pictures of family members in there along with DVDs of us having fun & enjoying each other time together (exp. family reunions,birthdays,holidays,etc.)

  39. I would love to find scrapbook pages that i had made up until then and a journal.

  40. I’d probably have a lot of photos in the capsule. I’d probably have a few magazine covers and movie ticket stubs.

  41. Angela winfield says:

    I would have found pictures of all the kids when they were babies and all their baby things I kept, hair, umbilical cord, fingernails… lol!!!

  42. A yearbook

  43. Pamela Rote says:

    I think I would have taken a bunch of photos of family & friends and left the camera in there…..then I could print out photos when open – Also a letter to myself of what my dreams would be in 10years & see what ones I’ve reached =)

  44. Hermetically sealed peanut chews…a case of them. They stopped selling them here last year. Gracias for the giveaway.

  45. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I would have put in pictures of my family, a video and letters that I wrote when I was in a bad way.

  46. Jessica Crooks says:

    Thank you so much for the chance I have been wanting to see this with my daughter

  47. Rania Rammal says:

    I wish I had a videotape or even a cassette of my aunt singing. She passed away in 2012 and to hear her voice again would be wonderful.

  48. Im a grandmother of a 8 grader. Would love this for her.

  49. Annmarie Weeks says:

    I’m thinking I would have packed away my kids’ Halloween costumes and pictures/art projects they made in school!

  50. I think I would have included a lot of music at the time. I’ve always used music as a outlet, but especially ten years ago!

  51. I would love to win!

  52. I want the prize pack.

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