For our Fun Fridays we've made snowmen out of munchkins, pretzel sticks for arms, decorator gel for eyes, licorice for mouth & toothpicks to hold munchkins together.
Hula Hoop water balloon targets. Hula hoop on the pavement, use sidewalk chalk to make different valued circles inside, toss water balloon, tally scores..
Read A Bad Case of Stripes, decorate mini pumpkins to reflect her different personalities or the student's personality.
Make ice cream in a ziploc bag.
Make your own flubber.
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I try to connect my Super Star Behavior Club activity to whatever current learning we are doing. Some past examples:
-during a solar system unit, we did Oreo moon phases
-when studying probability, we did gum ball probability and chewed gum
-during a geometry unit we solved tangram puzzles
-during an Earth Day/conservation unit, we watched the Lorax (book version, not movie) and made Lorax treats
I usually just look on Pinterest for ideas if something doesn't immediately come to me.
Although I teach 2 nd grade, I have shown reading rainbows for years. Personally I love the videos and have watched them again and again. I think 4 th graders could enjoy them as we'll. ask them if they have a favorite. They have great reading recommendations for kids too as the kids give book chats.
I have a money system in my fifth grade classroom just as Patricia Bloom mentioned. We use our money on Fridays (and sometimes other days when I notice behavior needs reinforcement) for store, auctions, silent auctions, tickets for "Dinner and a Movie" (lunch in the room with Liberty's Kids or other short video), and for tickets for "Lunch on the Lawn" (students eat lunch outside and are awarded a mini-recess still within our lunch period), among other things. I always discuss economic principles and make the students count out their money, change, and report their opportunity costs. They LOVE seeing what I have to offer, naming our "store" (we have a large wooden structure with chalkboard paint on the front to label and make signs about cost, etc.), advertising items and trying to convince their friends to purchase their item, selling items to me for the store,etc. I think it is a wonderful way to incorporate learning and rewards. :)
Great question and some great ideas have been mentioned. I have done Sparkle for special reward time as well and it works great, as well as a special "bank account" where students can cash in points, and that has been great, too.
One thing I have used for Friday style rewards in 5th and 6th grade classrooms is using either a basketball hoop where kids take two free throws, a beanbag toss game where a student throws twice, or one of those kids plastic bowling sets, where students can roll the "bowling ball three times". In order to go, students have to correctly answer a question about a topic we have studied - such as the causes of the Revolutionary War, math facts, or identifying an adjective in a sentence. It has always been a great way to review and have fun. And no one ever complains...except when it's time to end.
I have silly buzzers (animal sounds) teams use to try to answer review questions quickly. Each student on the team takes a turn with the buzzer so that one student doesn't dominate the game. The winning team gets to choose the prize for the class-treats (popsicles, chips, gum) extra recess, picnic lunch, etc. I try to stay away from a treasure box or items to buy. It is too costly for my budget. They love the buzzers ($20 for 4 different sounds) and try to convince the team to choose what the class wants. It's a win/win situation for me. Of course, if students had a tough week with behavior or did not complete their work, they are unable to compete or receive the reward. Bummer!
Every Friday, I show my students a cool video, not more than about 3 minutes long. If one of them has a video to recommend, they may submit it for consideration. Youtube videos like "Italian Hand Dancing" or the "Merengue Dancing Dog", for example, were thoroughly enjoyed. It also makes for a good writing topic if it is a writing day.
I have a School Store which students can go shopping in on Fridays. So, students can earn individual points for Respect, Responsibility, and Readiness. That way the behavior is tied to specific desirable behaviors. For instance, I might say, "Tommy is earning a bonus point for readiness because he is in learning position. I know he is saving up for that Angry Birds bag he saw at the store last week. It looks like he is on his way to earning it!"
I have a variety of items students can buy at various price points just like a real store would be. I set this up based on how desirable the items are. For instance, a One Direction folder might be 30 points, but a frog pencil might be 15 points. So, they have to figure out what they can buy and once they buy how much they will have left over. I make it easy for them to earn when I first start at the beginning of the year and slowly make it a little tougher with increased expectations. The students manage their own points (money) in their binders. They have the option to spend or save their points for something they really want like a homework pass in which they can purchase one per quarter. They are very enthusiastic about this and it has really helped to build a positive classroom. They have also improved in their math skills along the way with practical application.
If you have access to technology or a computer lab, they would probably love some time to play learning games, learn to make Powerpoints, or even watch Brainpop videos.
Boggle and my students always loved Sparkle (a spelling game)
Every Friday is game day in my study skills class. We play educational games such as Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Hollywood Squares, Texas Hold 'Em, etc., that I tailor to whatever tests (content, state graduation, etc.) they have coming up. It's fun for the students, AND they're learning. I have a special prize basket that's just for game day filled with team and individual prizes that I get cheaply--note pads, pens, candy, chips, etc.
In the past I've done special reading days. For example, one time we earned beach reading day. We brought in beach towels and spread them around the classroom and we were able to read wherever we wanted Then we pretended we were relaxing on the beach. Another reading idea is a reading camp-out. We pretended we were by a campfire and read aloud short stories. You can youtube a campfire and have it play in the background for effect. It's simple, but out of the ordinary. The students enjoy it and everyone is still reading!
Listen carefully and thoughtfully to what your children say.
Currently we are doing a token economy based on play money. This came out of what the children wanted. I reward very randomly ($1 -$10) For example, if everyone is engaged and working, each student gets a token/money.
Recently, we did some trading because I was running out of ones. They were even excited to do that.
As for Fun Friday or Behavior Bash or whatever, they will get to "buy" stuff with their money. I plan to include homework/assignment passes, computer free time and eat lunch with the teacher in addition to physical stuff.
Happy to share any more information.
Patti B. Grade 5/RtI/Special Ed/leveled reading
I used to have something like that every two weeks in which I have senior students make quiz and test questions for lower grade students, and depending on the quality, would give them some type of reward. It was voluntary at first , but after a while, the entire class made them together. You need activities that would really engage them and they would also learn from them. Passive activities or end-results activities are probably weaker in form than student generated content.
You could work a class puzzle, play trivia pursuit, apples to apples, hedbanz for kids. There are so many fun games for kids.
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