Monday, July 29, 2013

Star Student of the Week & Freebie

Super Star of the Week!

One of my students favorite things during the week is when we get to learn about our Super Star Student of the Week! I decided to call them this because I have a star theme in my classroom. I do many activities during the week with the star student and the entire class to make the week extra special for that student. Below is the weekly layout of how I do the Super Star of the Week in my class:

Friday:

At the end of the day, I announce who the new Super Star Student of the Week. I like to do this at the end of the day on Friday because it is a good way to end the week and this also gives the student/family time to prepare during the weekend. I send home a letter that looks like this:



I also attach to the letter, a 'Read All About Me' poster and a brown paper bag for the student to bring in some special items they would like to share with the class.


Monday:

As soon as the Super Star of the Week walks in, they give me their completed poster, the brown paper bag full of items to share, and any other pictures they would like to share. I hang up their poster and their pictures on our special 'Super Star of the Week' door. They are so excited and proud to have their poster up on the door. It is just so cute to see them beaming with joy! They also get a cool chair cover for their seat all week long and I display their name on it. (I bought the chair covers in the $1 section at Target... my favorite place!) I will have a picture of the chair covers tomorrow.

At the end of the day, the Super Star Student gets to share their poster, pictures, and items they brought in the brown paper bag with the class.

Tuesday:

During morning work, I ask the Super Star Student to answer a couple questions for me: 
1. What do you like to eat? 
2. What do you like to do? 
3. How old are you?
I place their answers on index cards and get them ready for calendar time.
During calendar time, I display their answers on a pocket chart and the Super Star Student gets to share this with the class. I also allow the class to ask the Super Star Student some other questions that they want to know.


Wednesday:
During calendar time today, the Super Star Student gets to complete their name puzzle. I write their name on a sentence strip and make it into a puzzle. I place it on the pocket chart and they get to unscramble it. After their puzzle, they get to chant their name using a super cool plastic microphone :) 
(Example of chant: If their name is Kayla. 
Student: "Give me a K"  
Whole class shouts: "K" 
Student: "Give me an a" 
Whole class shouts: "a"
Student: "Give me a y"
Whole class shouts: "y"
Student: "Give me an l" 
Whole class shouts: "l"
Student: "Give me an a"  
Whole class shouts:  "a"
Student: "What does that spell? 
Whole class shouts: "Kayla!!!"

Below is my name puzzle:







Thursday:
During Calendar time today, the Super Star Student gets to chant their name using a fun megaphone! They do the same chant as yesterday with the class. 
We also begin to write a letter for the Super Star Student of the Week. Each student in the class gets a paper where they write the Super Star Students name, then their own name at the bottom of the letter. Each student writes a sentence or more about something they like about the star student, something they learned, or something nice about the star student. They also draw a picture to go with their writing. The Super Star student always likes to write a letter to themselves :) Once everyone finishes (sometimes we have to finish on Friday depending on time), I make all of their letters into a book for the Super Star of the Week to take home on Friday.






Friday:
Today during calendar, the Super Star Student of the Week gets to chant their name in either the microphone or the megaphone... they get to pick! (9 times out of 10, they pick the megaphone!). Sometimes we finish the letters today or are just starting to write the letters today. It depends on the week! I do however, make sure their letters are complete and the book is made by the end of the day. I make a cover for the book and hole punch all of the letters with the cover. I then tie a bow with yarn in each hole to complete the book. 
Finally, the FREEBIE!!! The freebie is the page that the students write the letter to the star student on. Enjoy! The first page is for students who write one sentence and the second page is for students who may write more than one sentence.Here is what the book looks like (Click on the book for your FREEBIE!):

(CLICK ON THIS PICTURE FOR YOUR FREEBIE!)

I give the book to the Super Star Student at the end of the day with a big hug! And of course, I get to then announce the new Super Star Student of the Week! I wish I had a video of some of the reactions I get when they are chosen to be the Super Star Student. It is absolutely priceless! What a fun week they have to look forward to!

**The book is a great kindergarten memory keepsake! I have had parents tell me that their child sleeps with their book, reads it every night before bed, shows it off to their entire family, etc.!

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