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Curriculum
Star Student
Grade: K-8
Subject(s): Writing
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor
Materials
  • Tool Factory Word Processor
  • Digital camera or traditional camera and scanner
    Overview
    Feature one student in each edition of the school newspaper. Include a photo of the student, and personal statistics such as grade, family info, hobbies, favorite subject, and quotes about him/her from friends.
    Instructions
    1) Open one of the Star Student templates. If the student would like to use one of these templates, have them save it as their own worksheet.
    2) The photographs in each template, as well as the headlines and categories, can be deleted and replaced with the student's or class' own.
    3) Have each student in the class give a quote about the "Star Student" of the week/month. Select two or three of these quotes to include on the page. Help students complete the rest of the worksheet by typing in information about the student, such as his/her hobbies, names of family members, and favorite things.
    4) Remind student to save their work, then print out the completed page.
    5) When each student in the class has been featured, create a "Star Student" book for the classroom.
    Tutorials
  • Deleting, adding, and moving objects
  • Inserting a picture
  • Inserting text
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Star Student Template
  • Star Student Template 2
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Star Student Template
  • Star Student Template2
    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Writing Standard 1, Level 1, #6: The student uses writing and other methods (e.g. drawing pictures, using letters or phonetically spelled words, telling, dictating, making lists) to describe familiar persons, places, objects, or experiences.

    McREL Writing Standard 4, Level 2, #7: The student uses strategies to gather and record information for research topics (e.g., uses notes, maps, charts, graphs, tables, and other graphic organizers; paraphrases and summarizes information; gathers direct quotes, provides narrative descriptions)