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 poster....it 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!