Young children love to be in the spotlight, and having a “Star Student” of the week program is a great way to honor each individual student in your classroom. When this activity is started at the very beginning of the school year, it serves as a great way to get to know the personalities of each child and the other children in the classroom get an opportunity to familiarize themselves with their new classmates. However, keep in mind that you can implement this at any time during the school year.
By taking center stage, students feel a sense of pride while they get to share fascinating facts and stories about themselves and their life with their class mates. It also helps to build a sense of community because students are celebrating each other every week.
The specific classroom activities that you choose to do depend upon the age of the children and how much time you are able to devote to the project each day. It’s important to mention that you must send home a note to parents explaining that their child is the star of the week, and describe what each day of the week will entail. Below are several classroom activities that you can do. You will find two options to choose from for each day of the week. Do them all or do just a few, it’s up to you to decide.
The Friday prior to the “Star Student of the Week” activities the following action items need to take place.
- Take the picture of next weeks “Star Student” using your Selfie Mouse Photo Prop. Over the weekend you will need to make a print of your star student. This picture will be used to present to the classroom and then post on the bulletin board or wall and Private Facebook Group.
- Provide your star student with a ‘sharing sack’ that will take home along with a note to the star students’ parents describing what is go into the sharing sack and the day that it is to be returned to school for sharing with the classroom.
- A letter should go home with your star student alerting them that their child has been chosen as next weeks “Star Student.” This letter will contain all the ways you will need the parents to contribute and help make their son or daughter’s “Start Student” week extra special.Click here to download an example letter that you can use to send home to your parents.
Monday: Photo Prop Day
Photo Prop Day – This is the day that you announce to your classroom who is the “Star Student of the Week.” Have your Selfie Mouse Photo Prop ready for your Star Student to stand behind as you announce that they are this weeks “Star Student.” Once you announce their name they will come forward and stand behind the Selfie Mouse Star Student Photo Prop. Have fun announcing their name. Perhaps have the other student’s drum-roll on their desks prior to announcing their name. Build some excitement so that the classroom is involved and that the Star Student feels honored and special. Post the picture you had printed over the weekend to your bulletin board or wall. Your student will beam with pride as their picture is posted up on the space.
How to share “Star Student” picture:
Bulletin Board or Wall: If you have a bulletin board or wall space in your classroom, you can dedicate this space to showcasing each student through the course of this classroom activity. Post each students picture taken with your Selfie Mouse Photo Prop on the bulletin board or wall . Each student will be beam with delight as they see their picture go up for all to see.
Private Facebook Group – Setting up a Private Facebook Group for your “Star Student” activity is easy. The primary focus of setting up this group would be for the parents of your students. A Private Facebook Group would give the parent of each weeks Star Student the opportunity to share fun facts about their child. It will also give other parents in the classroom the opportunity to get to know each student in your classroom. When a parents son or daughter comes home and mentions another kid in their classroom, they will be able to attach a name with face. Parents are going to love reading each week about a new student. Plus, by having a Private Facebook Group for your parents you will be establishing a community among your parents, which will strengthen your connection to them.
Tuesday: Favorite Book/Sharing Sack
Favorite Book – The star students will bring in his or her favorite book to share with the class. Depending upon the age of the child, the student can read it to the class or the teacher can.
Sharing Sack – On the Friday before they are the star student of the week (when the star student is chosen) they will receive a sack to bring home and fill with any special items that they would like to share with the class. On this day the student will take each special item out of the sack and share it with their classmates.
Wednesday: Parent Letter/Special Duties
Parent Letter – Parents are asked to write a letter to the class about their child. The content in the letter is up to the parent but you can give them some ideas, like to describe a funny or special story, write a poem about their child, tell interesting facts that no one knows about them, or tell the class how proud they are of their child. Have parents send in the letter in a sealed envelope so their child cannot read it. The letter will be read to the class as some point during the day.
Special Duties – The star of the week gets to choose several special duties that they will conduct each day. Have a list of classroom duties that the student may choose from. Here are a few ideas: Line leader, teacher’s assistant, classroom messenger, etc.
Thursday: Mystery Bag/Luncheon
Mystery Bag – The star student is asked to bring in one special item that is very special to them and hide it in a mystery bag. They must be prepared with three clues about the item for their classmates to guess, along with a background story about the item. Classmates are encouraged to ask questions about the item so the star student must be prepared to answer them.
Luncheon – Parents are invited to join their child for a special luncheon in the cafeteria. They can also choose to invite a sibling or special family member. If parents or other family members are unable to attend the luncheon, the teacher will join them for a special lunch in the classroom.
Friday: Friendly Letter
Friendly Letter – On Friday students will write the star of the week a friendly letter. Each letter will tell the star student some positive things about themselves as well as what the classmate has in common with them. The letters will be bound and made into a class book that the child can take home with them and keep.
Star Picture – The star student of the week will receive a copy of the picture that you took at the beginning of the week. This picture can either be given to them or it can be glued to the front of the bound letters that you collect from each classmate. You decide.