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Old 08-26-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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I need to come up with prizes for students in a daily pull-out program that won't cost me a fortune. In the past I have been able to give out a little piece of candy such as a Jolly Rancher or a single starburst. I am now at a school that strictly enforces no candy rewards. I work with upper elementary students and I'm not sure stickers will have a lot of appeal to them for long. I don't mind buying little toys, crayons, colored pencils, erasers, etc. for end of the week prizes but that is just too much for daily rewards. Please share your ideas. TIA


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Wow! That is a tough one to find things that are as inexpensive as a piece of candy. Since you feel you could possibly do something at the end of the week that costs a little more, have you considered giving out tickets that they can use to buy something at the end of the week? Some of the older students do like those temporary tattoos. I am not sure how much they cost but I am thinking they might be cost effective.
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Depending on how often you see the kids, could each one collect 3, 4, or 5 good marks then choose a prize? You could track with stickers or smileys, or spell out a word and add a letter for each good day or something. Just a thought from when I did reading intervention- I saw my kids 3x/week. It might keep the kids going and save you some bucks.
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Some that have worked for me...
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Lunch with you and a friend in the classroom to watch a movie
Extra computer time
HW pass
Switch seats with someone for a day
Play a game with a friend for the last 15 minutes of the day
Chew gum in class (I know you said no candy, but what about sugarless gum?)
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Search PT for No Cost Rewards. I did a search for you and found several pages of suggestions, but since I don't teach middle school, I thought maybe you should do the search and read through the suggestions to pick out what you want to use.

Along with the suggestion above for handing out tickets, I've also heard of teachers using punch cards so students can work towards a prize instead of getting something tangible every single day. (You can also do a search for punch cards. Again, quite a few posts where members have posted them for you to download.)


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I know you said non-food but this is non-candy...I read here on PT somewhere to give little cups of cereal as a reward - I'm using that this year
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:59 PM
 
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Get to wear a hat in class for the day (or hour, or whatever works). Older kids love this The girls like to write with special pens that they borrow from me, and then return when the day is over.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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students can accumulate glass stones and when they have a certain number trade them for a pencil or something useful.
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What if they can sit at your desk for the hour? I also have bean bags that kids can earn to sit in as a reward. Positive phone calls home could be a maybe as well. Extra computer time?
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goldfish?
Old 08-26-2012, 02:37 PM
 
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If candy is the problem, you could give out goldfish or pretzel sticks. Not sure where you could find it at the price you'd need, but dried fruit pieces could also work.


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I am sick of buying "stuff". This summer I went to Vista Print and created business cards for various prizes...

"monkey" around in the classroom- wear a hat, wear slippers, or take your shoes off

free homework pass

choose a school supply (pencils, notebooks, folders, etc...)

no spelling test for one week per semester

read to another class

3 pieces of gum

play a game for 15 mins.

15 mins. computer time

sit in a comfy spot for 1 day

bring your I pod to school

doodle day- only after work is done/SQUIRT

*They will earn tickets for good behavior and for turning in work. Each of the rewards will have a different amount of tickets required. I am hopeful this will work well!

Other ideas...
-Can you hand out grapes, cherry tomatoes, string cheese, go gurt, or baby carrots?
-10 mins. of free time after they have 10 good days? (Punch card)

Good luck!
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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I have a water fountain in the class so I let students drink water one day out if the week if their table has the most points. They can go through out the day but not while I'm teaching a lesson.
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water...as a reward???
Old 08-27-2012, 04:48 AM
 
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I'm sorry, but I find this preposterous. Have you ever taken any brain based courses? Water is ESSENTIAL for good learning to take place. Students should have access as needed, not as a reward.
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Thank you
Old 08-27-2012, 06:16 PM
 
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for all of the ideas. I will work to incorporate at least some of them. I do have a water fountain, but I would probably allow a set number of trips to it as I myself am a big water drinker. I have however, given chilled water bottles as a treat, but students always had the choice of that or another treat. I do like using tickets for a raffle I hold at the end of the month for everyone who stayed on green or above all month. Everyone who stays on green or above all week gets a prize, and I have typically given some sort of small reward daily as well. I only have each group for 2 hours so I have to be very careful about treats that involve doing things other than their regular work. Thanks again for all of the creative ideas.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:29 PM
 
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google or go on pinterest for reward catalog or behavior catalog

there's blogs with printables...may also be on TPT.

there are paper certificates for things like no shoes, sit anywhere, teacher's desk, use fancy pens, etc.
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