After the extremely successful holiday celebration party and the much needed vacation, the first grade is back. One of the things that the teachers in first grade do is have star week. You may ask: how does this work?
The idea is to draw two students’ names from a hat, and have each student whose name got drawn be the star for the week. The star of the week gets to show picture of herself and her family, talk about her favorite animal among other things. This week two children were. One’s favorite animal was the rabbit, while the other the dog. Also one of the students brought his favorite board game, and this week he will be able to play it with his classmates. This rather innocent activity allows pupils to celebrate each other in their cultural and individual differences. It allows keeping learning fresh and interesting for the pupils, while learning names of new animals, or activities, they can associate it with a friend in their class as opposed to have it be abstract. Activities like this allow students to connect with each other on a deep level, while reminding them that everybody is unique in their own way.