Whole class rewards?

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  1. prinjess82

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    Looking for ideas of whole class incentives/rewards for my whole first grade class. Teachers give "class keys" to my class...when they earn 10 I give the class something special. I have done extra recess, popcorn/ movie party, and will do popsicles when it warms up...looking for any other ideas. Thanks.
     
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  3. runsw/scissors

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    Bring in a Pillow and Read Day
    Read and Feed Day (kids bring in snacks to munch on while reading)
     
  4. Bumble

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    I use the old "marbles in a jar" incentive. If we get a jar filled with marbles we will get a pizza party, but I told them if they miss behave whenever I'm out I will dump out the whole jar. This seems to work.
     
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    Pajama day is a favorite in my school.
     
  6. MsMar

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    I'll add a vote for pajama day. My children love when they have earned that. The other one they love is already on your list, popcorn party.
     
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    A few years ago I let my kids come up with ideas of rewards they'd like to have. They came up with a "Toy Party" where they could bring a toy from home to play with during snack time. I liked it because I didn't have to supply anything and it was free.

    My kids this year like getting to do extra art activities (usually painting with watercolors) from rewards.
     
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    I give group points everyday. These go towards free-time friday everyday (if groups have enough points). It's just 15 minutes on Friday, but the kids love it, and it is also free, which is nice.
     
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    I use the marble jar, but the students have to get a teacher compliment for me to put marbles in the jar. Now I can give them compliements whenever I want to put marbles in the jar. But they get more marbles from other teachers.

    When we fill the jar we have had an art party. Where I gave them all sorts of art supplies and put music on and they used their creative minds to make whatever. We have done movie parties. But my favorite was a Dr. Suess party. The class I had was really into the Dr. Suess books. I made them green eggs and ham. We made hats like Cat in the hat. We spent an afternoon reading and doing things that had to do with Dr. Suess. The kids had a blast. I even had my cadet teacher record some of the books on tape and we listened to Dr. Suess books.
     
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    Movie and popcorn, pizza party, extra recess (maybe an organized game of kickball, etc.), a field trip, OR take suggestions from them. :D
     
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    We have a marble jar in the front of the room. Whenever we give them a compliment they get one, but if they get another compliment from a specialist we double it or triple it, depending on what the compliment might be. When full we have a pizza or ice cream party and video during lunch/recess one day.
     
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    I love pajama day too! I also have done a 'campout' where they can bring in a sleeping bag, and I bring in logs for a pretend campfire. This requires moving all the desks aside, though, and is a lot of work! You could also let them sit wherever they want for a day. They love that one!
     
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    I know some teachers at my school also do a "relaxed day." The kids wear comfy clothes, and bring a blanket. They move the desks aside and the kids do everything at their blankets for the day.

    I have also seen "beach day," where the kids wear leis, sunglasses, etc., and bring beach towels. Again, they move the desks aside and the kids do everything from their beach towels.
     
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    How about a stuffed animal day and they can bring in one stuffed animal to read to or sit on their desk for the day? It would be fun and wouldn't blow the whole day.
     
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    We do lots of parties for positive reinforcement...

    1. Art Party--get out some of those art supplies that you don't use often and let the kids go to town. I usually set up 3 or so different options.
    2. Math Games
    3. Bring a stuffed animal "reading buddy" to school for the day.
    4. Seat Switcheroo--Let kiddos choose their seats for the day
    5. Games in the Gym--Check with your PE teacher for available times...relay races, duck-duck-goose, freeze tag, dance party, etc.
    6. Invite a local police officer to come to your room and share with him/her what responsible citizens you are. Give time for him/her to chat or read some books. We had an officer from the canine unit come and that was LOTS of fun!
    7. Science Day--Find some easy experiments and go to town!
    8. Tie Dye! Have children bring in a shirt to tie-dye (perhaps a school shirt?) and tie dye. Our art teacher loves to help with this! Ask your art teacher!
    9. Class Swap--Ask another teacher to have a celebration at the same time and switch rooms for a bit. A new room is always fun to explore and they'll be activities that the kiddos may not have used before.

    I'll try to think of more.....
     
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    I do bubble baths which is simply blowing bubbles on the students. the kids love it and it's cheap.

    Beach day is always a lot of fun, play some Beach Boy music, kids wear their sunglasses, lay on their beach towels and read .
     
  17. cutelilram

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    I teach fourth grade and I have many class and individual reward systems in place.

    First, I have a student of the period. Each child's name is written on a popsicle stick. At the beginning of each period, I choose two students and keep their names secret. At the end of the period, if the students behave and complete their work, I write their names on the board under the heading of Rewards. They receive candy at the end of the day and their popsicle stick goes back in the container, so they have more then one chance to win in a day. If the student did not behave or complete their work, I simply say that the chosen student did not earn the reward and place their stick back in the container. This has helped so much in improving my students behavior.

    Second, I have five tables in my room and I do table points. Anytime a table is working well and behaving they receive a point. If there is a table that is not doing the right thing they give points to the other tables. Very important: I never take away points or rewards that have been earned. The misbehaving table keeps their points. However, I give additional points to all of the other tables. This too has been a big help in my classroom. The winning table gets first choice at class jobs and a no homework pass.

    Third, I give job points (one point for each day the child holds the class job) and homework points (one point for each day of completed homework). When a child earns 30 points they get to choose a prize from the prize box. I have rubber balls, Tiger Beat magazine (my students love The Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber), coloring books, magic tricks, etc.

    Fourth, I have Student of the Week. The best student gets to pick a book of their choice from Scholastic that is $10 or under and they get to pick a book for the class from Scholastic. They also get invited to the end of the month ice cream party.

    I teach in a very poor neighborhood and the students are not easy. All of these incentives have worked wonders on behavior.
     
  18. bonneb

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    I use stickers and a prize when the chart if full. I also use "smellies" - scented chapstick that I rub on the backs of their hands for any job well done. I love to give whole class rewards. Today they were all on task and did a huge project with great results. I gave everyone a piece of sugar free gum to chew while I read to them. Quite an exciting experience!

    I love to reward for great behavior or a job well done! Makes my day!
     

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