I created rewards cards for free via VistaPrint during a special they had a few months ago. Before I purchased a star hole punch, I used small stickers to mark their progress on each square (along with the date written next to it with my special pens so they couldn't just add stickers to it).
The homework card requires them to bring in their homework on Friday 100% done. After 5 times of complete homework, they get a prize. (Next year this is SO changing to 10 times. In the beginning I was getting maybe 11 out of 22 homework packets turned in complete...hence why I started this reward).
The responsibility card goes along with the behavior clip chart. When they move up to one of the top two colors, they get a punch in this card. This is rare now...they've been on one lately, so I'm trying very hard to catch the amazing behavior and have them move their clip up accordingly. They need 10 punches for this one...which I've recently realized should have been 5.
Club Cranium, as mentioned in Monday's post, is a fun challenge students can complete once daily when they finish their morning work. If their answer is correct, they get a punch. I just had two students fill their cards and I had a free banner made via VistaPrint that I'm going to hang up with their stars. The two students with the most stickers on their stars at the end of the year win a special prize (to be determined by me).
The spelling card is for 100% scores on spelling tests. This is a HUGE motivator - especially for my students who struggle with spelling. The things they'll do for a rubber duck.
And the model student card is new. So new that I haven't even given one out yet. I'm going to start next week with these. It's going to be my way of letting students know when they're doing something extraordinary - such as helping others without me asking, being super polite, doing things for adults without being asked, getting started on work right away when everyone else is hanging from the ceiling, etc.
The following rewards I made and printed myself using Word.
The clean desk award is given by the clean desk fairy. As far as my students know, she's my sister, hence the same handwriting. Ha! The back has a spot for me to write the student's name, the date, and what the clean desk fairy especially loved about their desk. I leave them a treat (usually a piece of candy...I know, I'm terrible) and some heart confetti I punched out of scrapbook paper. They live for the clean desk fairy. She comes once a week on a random day to a random desk. If she hasn't come by Friday, they know that she stopped at someone's desk and it was a mess...so nothing was left. So sad.
The reading reward is for the monthly reading logs students fill out at home. Complete and returned logs get them a prize.
The subtraction expert and addition expert rewards are for students who complete the whole set of addition or subtraction math fact tests. They receive an addition or subtraction pencil with their reward.
|download these rewards for free here|
I also made this motivator myself.
Some of my students were really slacking when it came to doing their job. It was really unfair to others who work so hard during the week, so I created a report card. They need 3 smiley faces for the week in order to get a treat. The treat, again is candy. My bad. But hey, they don't have jobs every week. And I give a Starburst...not a huge deal, right? =]
If you are a fellow teacher, I'd love to hear what motivators/rewards you use in your classroom.