Monday, April 25, 2016

Fun reward system that students LOVE!

Revised post coming up!

I have totally revised my Star Bucks due to copyright laws and wanted to share the new version with you! I think they turned out pretty darn cute!

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I am a firm believer in having a positive reward system. Even as an adult, I love to hear positive things from my supervisors and colleagues. Kids are the exact same way. They want to be rewarded. I'm sure you have rules and consequences for your classroom. But do you have a reward system? I personally cannot imagine teaching without one.

I have done many things as a reward system in the classroom. Passing out tickets (carnival tickets) where the students put their name/number on the back, merit money, etc.

A couple of years ago I came up with Star Bucks. They used the Star Wars characters, with each dollar denomination having a different character. To make it easier, I printed them out in colored paper, with each denomination having a different color. (Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, which means that we can no longer use any Star Wars clip art without violating copyright laws.) So...I totally revamped them with a space theme. Love the new clip art!

Star Bucks made my life easier. I never went back to another system.

STAR Bucks in the classroom? You bet! Star Bucks are fun and easy classroom economy system that kids love. Great for behavior, homework, and participation. Reinforces place value and responsibility as well. Perfect for the home too!

My students LOVED it! I passed out Star Bucks for great behavior, going above and beyond on their homework, coming to Open House or Meet the Teacher (I taught in Title 1 schools where it was tough to get parents to come), doing great on quizzes and tests, being respectful and helpful to one another, etc. Be creative!

Included are denominations from 1 Star Buck to 10,000 Star Bucks. Hey...you know you have those kids who will earn 10,000 Star Bucks by just being them! They are those students who always do the right thing. And why shouldn't they be rewarded?

STAR Bucks in the classroom? You bet! Star Bucks are fun and easy classroom economy system that kids love. Great for behavior, homework, and participation. Reinforces place value and responsibility as well. Perfect for the home too!

Now students can owe you bucks as well. Together as a class, come up with a list of "no no's" and how much each "no no" would cost.

Every Friday, my students could trade in their bucks at the bank. Star Bucks help reinforce place value too. Hey! You didn't know these were great for math too, right?

Once we had had Bank a couple of weeks, I chose 2-3 students to be the bankers. They took their job extremely seriously and it only helped to boost their math skills and confidence.

I also worked with my students to create a list of rewards that students could buy with their Star Bucks. I'm all about not spending any more money than I have to (if you're like any teacher I know, you spend hundreds of dollars already), so the rewards were all free. I also got some McDonald's toys from a friend of mine...her kids weren't playing with them anymore. I also let my students bring in things to sell. They loved that! I called it the student market, and they brought in books they had read, toys, things they had made...basically anything they wanted.

STAR Bucks in the classroom? You bet! Star Bucks are fun and easy classroom economy system that kids love. Great for behavior, homework, and participation. Reinforces place value and responsibility as well. Perfect for the home too!


Oh, and if I ever forgot Bank, they would let me know!!!

May the force be with you!


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I Have Who Has

One of my students' favorite game is I Have Who Has. They literally BEG me to play it.

Teachers, your students will beg again and again to play this game....I Have Who Has! You can use it in any subject, and it is a quick and easy review. Click here for a FREE game template and a free math vocabulary game!

They beg again and again and again.

And it's fine with me!

Why do I love this game?

  • It's so easy to implement. 
  • It works in ANY subject. 
  • It's a quick and easy review. 
  • And kids love it! 

What more could you ask for in a game?

I have created a simple one-sheet template for I Have Who Has. It's perfect to print on card stock, cut out, and then keep in a baggie.

Teachers, your students will beg again and again to play this game....I Have Who Has! You can use it in any subject, and it is a quick and easy review. Click here for a FREE game template and a free math vocabulary game!

Click HERE for my free template in that you can use in your own classroom.

Do you teach math?
Teachers, your students will beg again and again to play this game....I Have Who Has! You can use it in any subject, and it is a quick and easy review. Click here for a FREE game template and a free math vocabulary game!

Click HERE for my free math vocabulary I Have Who Has game.

I use them often to review math facts in a quick couple of minutes. My students LOVED it and would beg to play again to beat their time.

I have addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and mixed facts, and I like to review them throughout the year. Even in our multiplication unit I like to review addition facts. You can check them out in my TPT store HERE.

Here is a pic of my multiplication I Have Who Has game.

Teachers, your students will beg again and again to play this game....I Have Who Has! You can use it in any subject, and it is a quick and easy review. Click here for a FREE game template and a free math vocabulary game!

Have you played I Have Who Has in your classroom?

What topics do you play I Have Who Has with?



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