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Ditch the old prize box – unique classroom rewards that promote focus and engagement

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End of Year can be CRAY CRAY for students! We have all been there! I wanted to show some of my favorite new resources I’ve found that are great for classroom rewards that cost very little and promote community!

FirstSticker By Number Books

Let me tell you – I thought of these for younger kids initially but honestly have found a new favorite hobby myself! These would be great to hand out a page and the corresponding stickers to a student and then to hang up around the room later as well! Essentially a student uses the corresponding stickers and places them on the appropriate outlined part of page. (Great number correspondence for early elementary!!)

I love the variety of books available – ones for younger kids (left) or older kids (right)!

I love that they take focus but use fine motor skills! Even my 4 year old does the adult versions EASILY. I find it fun, calm, and relaxing myself. What a great alternative to a brain break or a mindfulness activity!

I have even seen some at the dollar store! Easy to grab and will last! Great art concepts to connect as well!

Second, Build Your Own Giant Poster Coloring Book!

These Poster books are a lifesaver! When I taught 4th grade especially – this United States Poster came in so handy after our lessons! Students would love coloring and coordinating with each other to create our giant masterpiece.

I didn’t even realize all the fun options these giant posters come in! Robots, Dragons, under sea, dinosaurs, space and more !!! perfect tie in for science or social studies!

My students were so proud to display their work when finished. They even went further to research more of the poster when learning about the states!

ThirdColor Changing Markers

The Easiest way to engage students EVER! Little did you know the magic of Color Changing Markers. I love to write notes to students invisibly and reveal to them later – like “I knew all along how awesome you were at ….(fill in the blank)” What a boost of confidence.

Students love to use these for answer keys on questions they make up for each other. They are a fun writing center addition or even for art creation in your classroom. These markers are so versatile. I love having these stowed away to pull out just before the Crazy sets in.

How fun would these be for Hangman??!

Little tools like this make ALL. THE. DIFFERENCE! Sometimes we engage in rigorous in depth lessons as much as possible these just enhance instruction or breaks and capitalize on ways to engage students in learning.


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