I have our final teacher workday of the year in the AM so I need to get my bum into bed, but I wanted to offer up a little Back To School management freebie.
I run Super Student Bucks in my classroom. Kids earn this play money for all sorts of things - manners, trying their best, getting papers on the super star board, helping others, etc. As money is earned, these bucks are stored in special wallets (labeled Ziploc bags) in the students' pencil boxes.
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Every other week, the kids cash in their money to have lunch with me. Pretty much the kids get to eat in the classroom and I spring for very small dessert (i.e. a cookie). At the beginning of the year I set the "price" of my lunches low. As the school year progresses, I up the price. The kids love earning money and ask to count it all of the time. There's the kicker . . . they want to count it. This has proved to be the best skip counting practice around. I always start the school year giving out ones and move to tens and hundreds a few months in. Then, about mid-year, I add fives to the mix. My classes learn to pile their bucks by value, skip count like crazy, and count on like pros. By the end of the year my kiddos are earning in the thousands and most can count it on their own with awesome accuracy.
Interested in trying this in your classroom? Print out the above templates on different colors of card stock (i.e. $1 on white, $5 on pink, etc). You will need at least a 50 -100 copies of each student buck value to start. However, once you have a set, you will not have to remake them for quite a few years.
I only have three rules in my room when it comes to money:
- You keep the money you earn. Although we love sharing, this is not something to give away. You earned it . . . you deserve to keep it.
- Please keep the money in your "wallet." This keeps stray bucks to a minimum.
- No stealing money. If a child steals money from another student or from the "bank," he/she looses all of his/her money and does not get to attend the lunch date.
Alright my friends . . . I've gotta call it a night. If you have any questions on this, give me a shout (I may night be making much sense at this hour). Have a great one and I'll see you soon :)