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  1. liz07

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    I'm hoping to start subbing soon for grades K-5 and I've been reading over the messages here for ideas and have come across some really great ones.

    I would like to know if anyone has advice on small prizes I can give out for good behavior, I don't want to just give out candy, and would like different ideas for different grade levels. I would really like somethings to be somewhat educational but I'm open to all ideas!!

    I look forward to your responses!
     
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    stickers work for ALL grades... and you can find REALLY good deals on them. :) Other things that are fun but may be more suitable for whole-class rewards: coloring sheets, word searches, logic puzzles (the school-agers at my center LOVE Suduko puzzles), crosswords, 5 minutes to talk with their neighbors, board races, silent ball (toss a small nerf-type ball around the room but you can't talk)...

    does that give you some ideas?
     
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    Right - stickers are always fun! Also, you can find good "junk" at Oriental Trading.
     
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    Gumballs from the gumball machine. Get a small gumball machine at the Dollar Store for a couple dollars.
     
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    I get pencils in different holiday themes and all the elementary school grades love them
     
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    The $1 section at Target has some good toys/prizes usually. Plus they change it up every so often too, I'd say every 3 weeks (at least) they have a whole bunch of new stuff. Plus then the old stuff goes on sale for 50% off...! But buying $1 or even $0.50 things does add up...so that's why I normally get that stuff to give out as 1st and 2nd place prizes for a game or something...
     
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    I just bought pencils in the $1 bin at Target for this purpose. They had 10 pencils in a package (which is a great price) and they had sports or heart themes.
     
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    Pencils are golden in the K - 5 range.. I'm covering a 3rd grade maternity leave and I swear everyday pencils are a major issue. If you want to a small gift that you will reap the benefits of, go with the pencil idea.. :)
     
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    All of your suggestions are excellent! I go to Target pretty regularly and have never seen the $1 bins your referring to, I'll definitely have to make a trip in there to look.

    THanks again everyone!
     
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    What a great Idea!!!!! I am going to use that one for sure!
     
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    I normally break the class up into teams by rows or groups of desks. I will put on the board a table with the teams on top. When I introduce myself in the morning I explain that each team will get a mark for bad behavior. The team with the least amount of marks at the end of the day will get a reward. Some days the entire class is rewarded because no one gets a mark...but most of the time, there is a clear winner. I like this method because the students help manage behavior among themselves in their respective teams. They shush each other so their team won't receive a mark. It usually works wonders!!!
     

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