Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's a Birthday Link-Up! {Detective of the Week}

If you know know one of my absolute favorite bloggers is Denise at Sunny Days in Second Grade!  She is fabulous!  My kids even know her by name.  They recognize her blog button on the bottom of MANY things we do! :)  Well, she is celebrating her 1 year Blog-a-versary! I had to join in the fun!

In my classroom, we have a Detective of the Week.  This is kind of a mix between a "star" or "student" of the week and a birthday celebration.  My students sign up for their week on or around their birthday.  For those summer sweetpeas they sign up on the week of their half-birthday!  Here is the run down:

  • I take a photo of the Detective of the Week (DOW) in costume.  Everyone in the class signs the poster and I get it laminated. (It is sent home at the end of the week as a keepsake.)
  • On Monday, the DOW brings in a poster to celebrate.  I do not require specific things to be on the usually ends up being an "All About Me" style with many pics and cool facts about the person.
  • I display the signed DOW student picture and the poster outside my classroom door on a giant clipboard made from posterboard and aluminum foil. (The DOW shares their poster during morning meeting, before I hang it up.)
  • The DOW shares a special treat at lunch one day with the class. (I usually try and eat lunch with the DOW one day too.)
  • The DOW invites a special person to come and read to the class.  This is usually Mom or Dad but I've also had cousins, grandparents, etc.  The DOW chooses his/her favorite stories from home, the library, or our classroom.
  • The DOW receives a special "DOW-Birthday Bag" at the end of the week.  This bag is a collection of small items that are collected at the beginning of the year.  My 2nd grade team gave me the idea!  During the first month of school we ask that every child bring in 20 of the same small item.  A volunteer parent sorts the items into cutesy bags and we distribute them throughout the school year for each DOW. (Sorry I don't have a picture to show you!  I gave away the last one last week and didn't think to take a picture!)  It ends up really cute and the kids LOVE getting a bag full of junk as a present. Haha. :)  The best part is....I don't have to worry about giving out birthday goodies anymore!

If you're interested, you can click on the image to download a copy of the parent letter I send home.

That's basically the routine.  It's easy enough and the students can't wait for their turn to wear the detective outfit!

Happy birthday, Sunny Days!


  1. I am SOOO loving this!! Especially the birthday bag. Awesome!
    Thanks so much for linking up :) Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  2. AHHH... Detective of the week is such a cute idea! LOVE!
    What The Teacher Wants

  3. Great idea. Very cute!

    ~April @

  4. Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower!


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  6. Heather, some great resources to find Skype users is or Also, putting a call out on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. always brings great results. I would always be willing to set up a Skype with your class and my 4th graders, too.

    Teaching...My Calling

  7. Cute idea!! Where did you find the coat and hat for the costume?!?


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