Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday Made It--"Unique of the Week"


It's another link up with "Monday Made It" over at Fourth Grade Frolics!

This week I'll keep it short and sweet--but I'll offer you a little freebie along with it!  I'm sure many of you do something like "Student of the Week" or "Star of the Week".  I do as well--but I call it "Unique of the Week"!

Why?  As students move into these intermediate years, you know as well as I do that being cool, having the right clothes, listening to the right music--and on and on--become more and more important to these kids.  I work very hard to help students realize that we are all UNIQUE (we use this word a lot throughout the year) and that makes life interesting and allows us all to bring our special gifts to the table.  I ask what would happen if all teachers were exactly alike--and they all agree the world would be a pretty boring place.

That being said, it isn't always easy to put into practice. so with our "Unique of the Week" I ask students to fill a bag I  make with enough "stuff" (photos, favorite things, mementos) to share for about ten minutes.  I remind them to try to pick things to really help us get to know what makes them unique!  I also have them fill out a brief survey to share with the class to help us get to know him/her.  At the conclusion of the sharing time, I ask "How many of you had some things in common with _____" and we realize that we DO have things in common with each and every classmate.

Some years we do a mini "interview" of the student where I record new knowledge on a web which we then display. It's a great resource for later in case someone is looking for something to write about!

So--the Monday Made It?  Because I make a new bag every year, this is the time of year I get out my supplies and get going!
This is super easy--get a small canvas bag from your local craft store and some fabric paints.  I use this kind . . .


I can't lie.  I like to use at least one with glitter in this process.  Sometimes more than one.  Don't judge.  All I do then is "get my creative on" and design!  Here is a completed bag--just doodle with your paint!


I decorate the front with the words "Unique of the Week" and some designs along the top and the bottom corners.  I leave the back blank (or sometimes I put the year on . . . ) because after being Unique of the Week, I have each student sign the back with a Sharpie.  They LOVE that part!

So . . . find a way to make YOUR students feel special and valued this year--and if you have some ideas to share, please leave them here so we can all benefit!  Make sure to check out the other great Monday Made It posts!

I almost forgot!  I typed up the papers I put in the bag--a note home and the student survey!  You can link to it here if you want to grab it!  Unique of the Week FREEBIE




8 comments:

  1. Thanks...the photo is horrid. It actually is cuter than it looks! :)

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  2. Thank you so much! I love this idea. Now I have to head to the craft store. lol
    jkmatuch@aol.com

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  3. I love this idea! I'll be teaching 4th and 5th grade this year, and am adding this to my back to school to do list! Thanks for the freebie :)

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  4. What a super idea! And especially when you ask who has something in common.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sara

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  5. I love this idea! I teach a 3/4 split class, and my group last year asked to do Student of the Week. I hadn't really done it in the past because I thought they were a little old for it, but since they asked we went with it. I think this year I'm going to borrow your "Unique of the Week" idea!!!

    Renee J
    Growing a Teacher

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    Renee J
    Growing a Teacher

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  7. I love the unique of the week idea! It is so much more interesting than the newspapers for everyone.

    Heather
    room 4 imagination

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