Secret Star {Freebie} >> #Create2Educate #Sweepstakes

Cupcake is synonymous with crafting… at least over in these parts!  So when Michaels contacted me to help promote their #Create2Educate #sweepstakes, I shouted typed YES!   Plus, it gave me a good excuse to *finally* work on updating a project that kept getting overlooked!
Have you heard of Secret Star?  I've talked about it briefly on the blog before, but here is a refresher!  Secret Star is a classroom management tool that works WONDERS on hallway behavior, assembly behavior, teacher talking to the Principal by the door behavior… you get the idea!
Here's how it works:  By the door, I keep the above display, which includes a framed "Are you the Secret Star?" sign, a Secret Star Students jar, and a Secret Starbursts jar.  Whenever I need a quiet and well-behaved class, I tell my kiddos I'm looking for the Secret Star and I'll take a token from the Secret Star Students jar.  My tokens have student numbers on them, but you could use names, too.  
Once I have a student picked, I will nonchalantly observe him or her as we walk through the hall {or sit in an assembly, or…}  But SHHH!  It's a secret!  No one knows who I'm looking at… and so they ALL behave!  Why?  Because they want a Secret Starburst, of course!
If the Secret Star happens to misbehave, I don't ever tell anyone WHO it was… I simply say something like, "Sadly, my Secret Star ran all the way to lunch… better luck next time!"  And then *I* eat a Starburst and my kiddos go bananas.  Hehe

I'm telling you, this trick really works!  My firsties never let me forget to choose a Secret Star.  Ever.  They even ask if I'll pick one for nontypical Secret Star events… and sometimes I will, because I'm cool like that ;)

If you want to make your own Secret Star display, you'll need:
*a decorative 5x7" picture frame
*two plastic paint cans {or any type of jars/containers}
*enough 1.5" round wooden tokens for your class list
*a big bag of Starbursts
*and THIS FREEBIE, which includes the sign, labels, and tiny numbers

Putting it all together is simple!  I used a 1" circle punch to cut the little numbers, then Mod Podged them onto the tokens {or rather, I am going to because I can't find my Mod Podge anywhere!}.  You could also just use paint markers or Sharpies to writes names/numbers. Or, here is an alternative to the tokens:
Popsicle sticks!  Write names or numbers on the sticks, then decorate with two colors of  Washi Tape.  Leave them all facing one way {for example, all orange-side-up}.  Then after you pick a stick for Secret Star, flip it so the pink {or whatever color} side shows up.  This way, you'll know that you chose that student recently.

Well, I hope you LOOOVE this idea!  I'd love to read your thoughts and other management ideas in the comments below!

And now...

Do you love to craft, too?  Then you'll be SUPER excited to hear that Michaels is hosting a crafting contest… and you could WIN a $50 gift card to shop in their store!  What?! :)

To enter the contest, simply >>
1.) Create your own B2S project and upload it to Instagram between August 1-15.  Post as many projects as you want… entries are UNLIMITED!
2.) Be sure to use the hashtags #Create2Educate AND #sweepstakes in your post/s.
3.) Don't forget to tag @MichaelsStores with each entry.

FUN and EASY, right?!

A few other things to note:
*You don't have to be a teacher to participate!
*Winners are chosen daily, so you have plenty of chances to snag that $50 prize!
*In order for your entry to be shared on or other social channels, you must give permission.  To do so, just go to Michaels' Instagram and follow the link in their profile.  Then, complete the steps in order to give Michaels permission to share your photo.

Now go on and get CRAFTING!!!


For His Glory Teaching said...

I love this!! I do "Secret Student" in my classroom..which I may have actually got from your blog?! I also have those paint cans used for table sparklers! I am downloading your freebie now and adding this to my list. I use secret student as an all day thing so I may tweak it a little!! Thank you for your post!!

The Polished Teacher said...

Thanks so much for the adorable freebie! I cannot wait to use it in
the classroom this year!

Unknown said...

What a great idea! It will go along with my theme MonStars! Thank you.

Mrs. Solis said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing this cute idea and the freebie!:)


Mrs. Solis Teaching Treasures

Miss Kindergarten said...

LOVE!!!!!!! So stealing this idea

Karen F. said...

I LOVE this !! I have been doing something similar but this is soo much cuter!!! Cant wait to use this!! Thank you :-)

Kinderdrama said...

I have used this but never so cute before!!!! I am so using this and I love how you use the starbursts! Thank you so much for sharing!!!! And the freebie : )

primary practice said...

This is cute and awesome , and so much fun! And then, you made it a freebie, too? Thanks so much -I love this idea! I will definitely borrow it and adapt to my classroom- we can't reward with candy in my district :( but I'll find a way!

Unknown said...

I love this idea! I use the "Mystery Walker" in my classroom, but I'm considering a switch- I love the Starbursts!

angie said...

I love it. Thank you!

Unknown said...

I love this wonderful idea!I can't wait to make this cute little craft for my class. Thanks for sharing!

Julie DiBenedetto said...

Sweet Teri! This is so darn cute! I absolutely MUST start the year with it. My first graders will gobble this up! Thanks so much for the freebie!

jackie'snaturalnow said...

I've been doing this for years, and yes, it really works!

Lindsey Nihart said...

So cute! Thanks so much for the freebie! I have got to use it this year!
Chalkboard Charm

Ginger Snaps said...

This is too darn cute!

Ginger Snaps

Anonymous said...

Love is!! Thank you for the freebie!!! Quick you reward only the star studnt? Or every student if the secret student behaves?

Unknown said...

I love this! I'm just having a problem printing. Any ideas?
Mary Lou

Christina said...

My question has been asked--is the starburst for the secret star? Or one for everyone?

Unknown said...

I printed your Secret Star the day it was a freebie. My printer ink cartridge melted (?) and now I can't reprint. Is there any way you could send it to me?? I LOVED it and sent a like to Pinterest.
Thank you!! Kay 3rd grade teacher

Unknown said...

LOVE this!! i'm actually thinking of adding a 'star reminder' to my class job lists (that person would remind me to take a token and if the star of the day earned their starbursts, then the star reminder would write that person't name down in a star log). thank you!!

Unknown said...

I love this idea! Would you be willing to make the numbers go up to 30?

Karen said...

I love this and finally got a chance to print this week, but I have 26 kiddos so far this there any chance you would increase the numbers? Thanks!!!

mrsc said...

I really like this idea but I have 26 students this year. Any way you could make numbers 26-30 for me? Bridget

Unknown said...

My favorite place to shop for teacher clothes is J.Crew- Shannon Wright

Nicole Jorgensen said...

This is great! I also need the numbers to go up to 30. Is that possible? Thanks!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for sharing your awesome work! I will definitely be using this in my classroom this year!

Erica said...

This is ADORABLE! I have 26 (yes 26 Kinders!) can you add a few more numbers to your tokens? My email is

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