This “Matey of the Week” Pirate Themed Star Student pack is my favorite community builder activity so we get to know each child in my classroom. It is also excellent weekly writing practice for my students. The posters and books can be printed in color, but they also look great printed in black and white! When printing, be sure to set the printer to “Scale to Fit Page” for full-sized printing. Just print and you’re ready to go!
•Matey of the Week Poster in color and B&W
•4 dated and 1 undated book cover for 2 different styles of books
•8 styles of student book pages
•2 parent letters.
I send home the parent letter with one boy and girl who will be the Stars the following week. I have new students go earlier in the year so we can get to know them. Then, I "randomly" choose students for the rest of the year (but I have my shy kids and kids who need to make new friends go first--don't tell!). On Mondays, the Stars share their posters that they worked on over the weekend. They are also allowed to bring a special item for sharing. This is a big deal because the kids don't get to share toys or things like that normally--only items related to what we're learning in class. Each day of the week the kids have the option to share other items or stories about their hobbies, families, etc... On Thursday, the class writes a page to go in a book that each Star gets. Usually, kids write compliments or tell why they like the Star. Then, at the end of the week, the stories are collected and bound into a book for each Star to take home. The kids LOVE this! Even the shy kids want to talk about themselves! I laminate the posters, 3-hole punch them, and bind them with binder rings. This is by far the favorite free reading choice in class!
When printing, be sure to set the printer to “Scale to Fit Page.”
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Matey of the Week: A Pirate Themed Star Student of the Week Pack
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