Daisy, thank you for the site! (It is .net, though.
) They have so many different charms! I am thinking about getting a variety of them for my 5th graders to make a type of Award Charm Bracelet. Thank you for sharing!
My kids are always begging for extra credit work which I hate because I never know how to figure it
into their grade fairly, so I have started giving reading coupons. For every 15 Accelerated Reader points they earn on qualifying books, they get a coupon which is good for either a Half-an-Assignment or Extra Credit in the subject of their choice. They serve both as a motivator to read more and help out on the Extra Credit requests.
I also do an Reading Adventure Club where students have to earn a certain number of points to belong. I have a jar where students, after discussing them with me, put in suggestions of an adventure
we can take together. At the end of the year, we draw a card to see where our adventure
will take us.
Our elementary also has a school store where they earn reading tokens to shop. We also do several reading promotions throughout the year. We do both class teams and teams which are made up of students from each grade level. These promotions usually culminate in a party or activity of some sort for all participants. We do occationally make it more competitive where one team "wins".
We did a really fun activity this winter that was actually used to promote something else, but could be applied to reading just as easily.
It was based on a snowball fight. For every so many reading points, a team is allowed to snowball another team. A large, paper snowball is placed outside the door of the receiving team. The team with the least snowballs wins. It was a lot of fun, and was very interesting to see the strategic thinking it brought out in the students.