Saturday, July 6, 2013

Summer Planning Scavenger Hunt Giveaway!

Happy Saturday, Everybody!  Have you joined in the Summer Planning Giveaway Scavenger hunt for awesome freebie prizes?  If not, be sure to grab my secret word button below (and be sure to follow my blog with Bloglovin' by clicking the heart-shaped button to the left)!   Everybody wins prizes in this one!  If this is your first stop on the Summer Planning Scavenger Hunt, be sure to visit Erin, our scavenger hunt hostess at I'm Lovin' Lit for more details and links to the other stops in the hunt.   Here is the item I've donated to the giveaway: Hollywood Star of the Week
 In case you missed the post telling how I use these in class, here it is.  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 previous 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. The writing is just priceless.“Hanna, I thenk yu are beeyutifol.” 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. The Star of the Week big book is by far the favorite buddy reading choice in class! 

In addition to the Hollywood Star of the Week pack, I also have created an Ocean/Beach themed Oceanographer of the Week (it includes some variations--Sea Star of the Week and Big Fish of the Week).
You may also be interested in my Jungle themed Explorer of the Week Packet.

Have fun planning for your school year, and thanks for stopping by!   Be sure to hop through all of the blogs to get your scavenger hunt words for free goodies!  Leave a little love in the comment section if you like your freebies!  Have a great weekend! 


  1. I love your oceanographer of the week idea! It's so cute :)

    Glitter and Gradebooks

    1. Thanks so much, Pili! Thank you for visiting! I'm going to pop over to visit you soon. :)

  2. I found you through I'm Lovin Lit's giveaway! Thank you in advance for the giveaway.

    Your blog is too cute! I am your newest follower!

    Hanging Out in First!

  3. I'm doing an ocean/surf theme this year and love the oceanographer of the week! It's a great idea and so cute! :)

  4. Thanks for joining in on the giveaway. Your Star of the Week pack looks great!

    I look forward to seeing the rest of your site. It's nice to be able to check out what other teachers are doing in their classrooms!

    First Grade with Ms. Dawley

  5. Love the Hollywood theme! SO cute! Your newest follower! Thanks!

    Tiny Toes

  6. These look adorable. Thanks so much!


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