The Perfect Portfolio Cover Sheets for Your K-8 Students

Last year, we released some super popular K-8 and High School Curriculum Documents. Each sheet gave a one-page look at a sample art curriculum. If you haven’t seen them yet, they provide a great example of how you can quickly communicate your entire curriculum to your students, staff, and school community.

K-8 Curriculum Documents

Today, we’re releasing some companion documents for the K-8 crowd. Below, you’ll find a set of helpful portfolio cover sheets you can download and use in your classroom!

What’s Included

Each set of sheets has two parts. The first page is a student interest inventory. This would be perfect to adhere to the front of a portfolio or sketchbook and use as a first-day activity. There is a place for the student’s name, class code, and some activities to help you get to know them a little bit better. The interest inventories get more involved as students get older. You can see the 2nd grade example below.

2nd grade interest inventory

The second page in each set is an assessment sheet. These documents pull concepts from the corresponding curriculum documents. They would be perfect to use throughout the year to check for understanding or as a final assessment in the art room at the end of the grading period. For older students, there is also a place to keep track of new art vocabulary throughout the year. Once again, here’s the second grade example.

2nd grade assessment sheet


Download and make as many copies as you need!

K-5 Portfolio Cover Sheets

Download the K-5 sheets below.

K-5 Portfolio SheetsDownload the K-5 Sheets Now


6-8 Portfolio Cover Sheets

Download the 6-8 sheets below.

6-8 sheets

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If you’re looking for even more assessment strategies, check out the course Assessment in Art Education where participants spend an entire week looking at how to use portfolios as an assessment tool. You’ll leave the course with a comprehensive toolkit of lesson plans and organizational strategies to use in your classroom right away!

Do you use portfolios and sketchbooks with your students? What’s your system? 

Can you think of other ways to use these resources in your classroom?

Amanda Heyn

Amanda is the Senior Editor at AOE. She has a background in teaching elementary art and enjoys working to bring the best ideas from the world of art ed to the magazine each day. 

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  • MsU

    Love this – thank you!

  • Mary

    I think this is great! I have used a cover sheet in the past with just the older grade levels. This year I will try it with all. Thank you

  • StephanieC

    This is so helpful! Thanks!

  • ElizT

    Fabulous! Thank you so much!

  • Soraya Elmabady

    Great !!! Thanks