One of the ways I keep my classroom running smoothly is by the help of my “Table Captains.” I have 4 tables in my classroom, and they are organized by color; red, green, blue, and yellow. Each table has 4 or 5 students. At the beginning of every week, one student is named the “Table Captain” for the entire week. This picture shows how I organize the rotation of the students. I turn the top of the star to the child who comes next. I will describe below how I made the Star Spinners. The Table Captain is the student at each table who is in charge of getting and putting away any materials or manipulatives that are needed for their table during a lesson.
Here is a close-up of the Star Spinner for the blue table. I cut out a white circle and laminated it before writing on it. I wrote Table Captain on the blue star before I laminated it. I used a brad to attach the star to the white circle, and this allows the star to spin. I wrote the names of the students who sit at the blue table. Willie would be the Table Captain for this week, Ian would be the Table Captain the following week, and so on…
After I choose the student to be the Table Captain, he/she will put this Star Cone at his/her desk as a fun reminder that they are the Table Captain for the week. This also helps to remind the other students that want to take over the job! I found these cute cones at Party City in the circus section. The stars are out of a pack of cut-outs. I hot-glued the stars to a popsicle stick, and I punched a hole in the top of the cone to poke the popsicle stick through.
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