I had my class write a persuasive essay about "The Reasons Why I Deserve to Go to Fifth Grade" at the end of the year. I purchased a unit from Lesson Plan SOS Teachers on Teachers Pay Teachers. It has the prewriting and publishing sheets. (I love their stuff and have used many in my fourth grade classroom!) They suggested dressing up like a judge and having the kids present their essay/case/arguments about why they should move on in a court room setting. I used a graduation gown and a mini gavel to be the judge and my kids loved it!
I created a sign using white foam board. I cut it with heavy scissors and outlined the edges with black electrical tape. I enlarged the words on the printer.
The bubble could also say "My first day of ____grade"and be used for "Beginning of the Year" photos.
I want to have a stamp or sticker made for next year to put on their papers and make it look more official.