A Virtual Star Wars Day for your Students!

NOTE: This is a revised post from a year ago where I shared how my students and I created a school-wide Star Wars Day! You can still do a virtual one with your students and here’s some resources! 

During my last year before retirement, while working as a GT Facilitator, my entire theme for my gifted and talented students was Growth Mindset. Check out this past blog on how I used this theme throughout the year. My students and I were all big Star Wars fans, and I realized the “Force” that’s prevalent in all the movies, is really just another term for Growth Mindset!

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Above is the wall display we used to invite all students to write on a sticky note about how they use the FORCE in school. For your virtual day, I have changed this to a Padlet, and I’ve created a board that you can copy and use! You can either have YOU and your students post right on the Padlet board I created below, or you can copy this one and make it just for your class; use THIS LINK! Once you get to the board, just click “Remake” in the upper right, change whatever you want, and use as you wish!

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No Prep activities for Star Wars Day!

  • Have your students dress up using any type of space/Stars Wars theme (even a T-shirt or hat) and show everyone in a virtual class meeting!
  • Share a link to the YouTube page with all of the original read-along cassettes now online; WITH PHOTOS!
  • Have your students write OR read a fan-fiction Star Wars story on kidfanfiction.pbworks.com – they can both post their story, if an account is set up for them, or just READ Star Wars stories other kids have written. If they do the latter, you can have them write a review of the story using THIS book review template!
  • Star Wars Trivia for kids! – This would be so fun to play live via screen share with your kids (or just asking them in a virtual class meeting!); there are several options!:
  • Give your kids a link to Star Wars games they can play on their own!
  • I’m a fan of having kids respond to and analyze quotes…which are really just another genre of reading! Here’s a link to some great quotes from the movies!
  • I use MadLibs with my tutoring kids all the time to help them review parts of speech; here’s a link with Star Wars MadLibs you could do in your virtual class meeting!
  • Here are even MORE lessons and resources!
  • And from my Google Drive folder:
  • Hoopla has a wide variety of Star Wars books that you can read aloud to your students…even if it’s just a chapter as a teaser! You can borrow these for free through your local library!
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Be sure to check out my Pinterest board on Star Wars in the classroom!

A huge thank you to George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars saga, and founder of the George Lucas Educational Foundation (Edutopia)!

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Our School Wide Star Wars Day

A long time ago (well two years ago today), in a school far, far away (actually about a 30 minute drive), my students and I planned a school-wide Star Wars Day for May the 4th!  Enjoy our photos and hopefully this will give you some ideas for your own classroom or school Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you!

During my last year before retirement, while working as a GT Facilitator, my entire theme for my gifted and talented students was Growth Mindset. Check out this past blog on how I used this theme throughout the year. My students and I were all big Star Wars fans, so I led them through some project-based learning to plan and carry out a school-wide Star Wars Day! I gave the reins to the kids and had them meet with the principal to get permission, plan with the building engineer for what we would need for the day, and create presentations, a trivia game, and morning announcements promoting the event.  Check out the slideshows below to see all we did! And a HUGE thank you to my former students who helped me plan and carry out this day!

Planning

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The Big Day

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Star Wars Day Fashion

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Be sure to check out my Pinterest board on Star Wars in the classroom!

A huge thank you to George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars saga, and founder of the George Lucas Educational Foundation (Edutopia)!

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