Planning a star theme? Let us help! Here are some great ideas and resources for your classroom.
1. Super Star Incentive Punch Cards. Use these punch cards I talked about here to rewards students for completing their classroom job, doing well on a test, turning in assignment, etc. Use these cute star hole punchers to make this idea even more fun!
2. Get a star named after your class from the Star Registry. It can be called Mr.Mrs.'s _____ Shining Stars. Let your kids know each year about 'their' star. Have them give their star a nickname. Incorporate the Class Star into writing assignment ("describe a trip you took to our star" or "what would you wish upon OUR star?"), math problems ("Our star has five star friends and two of them went on vacation. How many star friends are left?"), and of course, science lessons.
3. Shooting Star Club. Have students earn their way into the club each month by achieving a goal you set for them (certain number of AR book points, 100% turned in homework, A on all your spelling tests, etc). Treat the Shining Star Club members to a special reward each month. Check out this list of free and easy rewards to use in your classroom for some ideas.
- On your door: "Welcome to Mrs./Mr.______'s Galaxy! See all the shining stars here: [put up student's names written on stars]."
- Reading / Circle Time Area: The Milky Way
- Teacher's Desk: Queen/King of the Stars: Mrs./Mr. _______
- Sink: Star Washing Station. Keep those sparkles shining!
- Coat Closet: Space Suit Storage
(Use for open house!)
Bulletin Board Ideas
1. Welcome to Class: "Look at all our shining stars!" or "Best Stars in the Galaxy!" or "Look at all the shining stars in Mrs./Mr._______'s Solar System!"
2. Display Student Work: Cover your bulletin board with dark blue or black paper. Use tons of small, metallic star stickers to create a solar system look- or use this fun nighttime bulletin board paper. Label the board "Look at our Super Star work!" Write one student's name on a star cut-out (like these) and staple those stars on the board. Use pushpins to display a good piece of work by each student's star. (Bonus: Use these star pins!)
3. Job Chart: Write jobs on cut-outs of clouds. Display them on the job chart board. Write each student's name on a cut-out star. Use a pushpin to attach the student's star to the job they were assigned. Fun bonus: Use these punch cards I talked about here to rewards students for completing their classroom job. I used this idea in my own classroom and it worked wonders in keeping our room running smoothly.
Bulletin Board Sets & Borders
Do you have a great star-themed idea? Please be ever-so-kind and share it with us in the comments!