I have always felt that it was important for student birthdays to be recognized in the classroom. It makes students feel special and it contributes to a sense of class community. Here are just a few simple ways to acknowledge student birthdays without interfering with precious instructional time.
1. Note From You: This makes a student’s year! I love watching a student’s face when they approach their desk in the morning to find a note waiting for them. I have had students hang on to these for the entire year, or even longer.
2. Homework Pass: My fifth grades would go crazy for a homework pass! I usually excused them from an entire night’s homework, but you could also make them a pass that would just excuse them from one assignment.
3. Birthday Pencil: You can get some pretty cool looking pencils that don’t cost a lot of money. Check out the usual “deal spots”: Target, Big Lots, Oriental Trading, etc.
To help you organize all the birthdays in your classroom, I made this fun poster that you can download for free!
|Side-view of the frame.