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Shining Stars

Sue Donk
Leon County Schools


This activity is a fun discovery lesson for students to learn more about their classmates. Students will use questioning techniques to learn about the weekly star classmate.


The student writes simple informational texts (for example, two-step instructions in sequence, directions, reports).

The student uses basic conversation strategies (including but not limited to asking questions to clarify or get information, taking turns, raising hand to speak, staying on topic and conveying a message, facing the speaker).


-One sheet of drawing paper per child
-One box of color crayons per child
-One pencil per child
-One director’s chair
-One spotlight
-Copy of question word cards on poster board (See associated file)
-Copy of listening/speaking rules on poster board (See associated file)
-One sheet of chart paper
-One black marker
-One STAR OF THE WEEK bag with note to parent(s) (See associated file)
-Five personal student items from home
-Teacher checksheet for student speaking evaluation/one per student (See associated file)
-Teacher checksheet for student writing evaluation/one per student (See associated file)


1. Prepare STAR OF THE WEEK BAG and parent note.
2. Make copy of question word cards on poster board. (See associated file.)
3. Make copy of listening and speaking rules on poster board. (See associated file.)
4. Gather materials for activity.


NOTE TO TEACHER: The teacher is responsible for making the STAR BAG prior to beginning this activity. (See Preparation.)

1. Prior to the lesson, post listening and speaking rules. (See associated file.) Tell the students it is time for a STAR to shine! Explain that they will use questions and answers to learn about the star of the week. Invite the STAR STUDENT to bring the STAR OF THE WEEK share bag and be seated in front of the class in the director’s chair. Place the question word cards in his/her lap.

2. Turn on the spotlight and shine it on the STAR STUDENT.

3. Call the remainder of the class to come to the front of the room and sit on the floor area directly in front of the STAR STUDENT.

4. Review with the class the listening and speaking rules posted on the board. (See associated file.)

5. Ask the STAR STUDENT to remain seated in the director’s chair and hold up the question word cards, one card at a time. (See associated file.) The STAR STUDENT may call on several students to read aloud the printed question word cards. You may need to make oral corrections if the question word is read incorrectly.

6. Allow several minutes for the STAR STUDENT to share the five items brought from home that relate personal information about him/her to the class.

7. The STAR STUDENT may place the five personal items on the STAR SHELF in front of the class.

8. The STAR STUDENT may call upon individual students to ask questions about the STAR STUDENT, recognizing only those students with raised hands. Encourage students to refer to the printed question words as they form their questions. Allow time for student discussion. Evaluate students using Teacher checksheet.(See associated file.) Discourage any repeated or ambiguous questions.

9. As the questions are answered, write down STAR STUDENT answers on the STAR CHART. Display STAR answers on the wall next to the STAR SHELF.

10. After all questions have been answered, orally review the statements on the STAR CHART with the entire class.

11. Dismiss the students to their individual desks. Collect the STAR OF THE WEEK bag from the STAR.

12. Distribute the activity materials. (Each student should receive one box of crayons, one pencil, and one sheet of drawing paper.)

13. Instruct students to write their names at the bottom of the paper. Encourage them to begin their names with a capital letter!

14. Ask students to write a sentence that tells about the STAR STUDENT. Does the information relate to the STAR STUDENT? Encourage students to use inventive spelling if they are unable to spell a word correctly. Did the students use capitalization and punctuation correctly? Allow several minutes for students to write a sentence.

15. Instruct students to draw a picture that illustrates information about the STAR STUDENT. Encourage students to refer to the STAR CHART. (Pictures and sentences may reflect two separate ideas about the STAR STUDENT.)

16. Allow several minutes for the class to orally share their pictures and sentences with the entire class.

17. Collect all papers when completed. Use the Teacher checksheet to evaluate each student's written work.


Evidence: The student will ask the speaker a question that pertains to the STAR OF THE WEEK using question words. The student will draw a picture and write one sentence that depicts an idea shared by the student STAR OF THE WEEK.
A formative assessment will take place by the teacher observing the student's questioning techniques and recording student responses on the teacher checksheet. (See associated file.) Specifically listen for questions to gain information of the STAR STUDENT. (Off the wall questions that do not pertain to the STAR STUDENT will indicate that the student needs more practice in listening for information or forming a question.)

A formative assessment will take place when the teacher uses the writing rubric for each student. Students who do not write a complete sentence and/or illustrate a picture that relates to the STAR STUDENT will need more practice communicating written ideas.


1. Each student will have an opportunity to shine if this activity is repeated once a week throughout the school year.
2. Individual student school pictures may be copied and glued on STAR OF THE WEEK writing paper.
3. Compile all of the students' papers into a book. This makes a wonderful yearbook!
4. At the end of the school year, all the students can have an opportunity to participate in a STAR OF THE WEEK book signing party, similar to a yearbook signing party.
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