Since several people have asked... The It's Not Fair jar sits on my desk and contains slips of paper with tasks which are really not fair. After discussing what is fair and what is not fair (and giving lots of examples) the phrase "It's not fair" is banned from the classroom. Its derivatives are also banned; as far as I'm concerned if it sounded like it's not fair that was what was said. After that discussion if anyone says the magic words, they have to pull from the jar. Some of the tasks have been... -Everyone tears up a piece of paper and throws the scraps on the floor. The person who drew from the jar has to clean them up. -The offender stays in the office while I take everyone for donuts. -Give up free time and recess to write "I'm sorry I said it's not fair" 100 times. -Copy a page from the dictionary or encyclopedia. The kids also make up their own tasks which are added to the jar, and theirs are always more evil than mine are. The funny thing about the jar is that I usually only have to use it once during the year and I never hear the phrase again. It is also known far and wide around the school -- 3rd grade always asks about it on Move-up Morning and kids who have been in my class before always want to know who had to pick from the jar.