To help build community in our classroom, I have students take turns being our "Star of the Week." During the week that a student is our "Star," each day consists of an exciting event or activity to honor him or her. It is also a way for students in the class to learn more about each other and each other's families. As you will see, you may also take part in some of the "Star of the Week" activities.
Below are the activities that will be part of our “Star of the Week” program.
Monday: Sharing Sack
The week before a student is Star of the Week, a bag will be sent home with the child. Students have a week to collect special items with which to fill the bag at home and bring it back to share with classmates on Monday. Students also bring photos of their choice to share. Students may bring up to 5 items and up to 5 photos (please do not send more than 5 items and 5 photos).
Tuesday: Favorite Book
The star student brings one of his or her favorite picture books to read to the class (or have the teacher read to the class). Please choose a book that will take no longer than 5 minutes to read aloud. I encourage students to practice reading the story aloud at home first. This is a great opportunity for students to practice reading with fluency and expression.
Wednesday: Parent Letter
Parents are asked to write a letter to the class about their child. They send the letter in a sealed envelope to school with their child, and I read the letter to the class in the morning. The content of the letter is up to the parents, but the following are suggestions:
- Describe special or funny stories about your child for the class to hear.
- Write a silly or serious poem about your child, tell us some interesting things we may not know about your child.
- Send silly or special pictures with a letter describing the pictures, or write a short story with your child as the main character.
Thursday: Sharing a Healthy Snack-OPTIONAL
The star student may choose to bring in a favorite healthy snack to share with the class. If this week happens to be the child’s birthday week, he or she may bring a birthday snack instead. This is optional. You do NOT have to send in a snack.
Friday: Star Friends
The star student is presented with a friendship poster created by his or her classmates containing compliments.