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Old 07-29-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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At my school, we would like to change to do some other reward instead of Multiplication Sundaes. We already have sundaes for other special events and find that some of our kids aren't as excited about it because of this. Plus, after years upon years of sundaes, we are also a little tired of it. We work so hard on facts that we would love to still do something great...ideas? Thank you SO much for your help.


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This past year
Old 07-29-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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We did pizza with the principal. In order to qualify, the students had to pass each level of multiplication plus a mixed test (all are timed). We had more students pass the facts than in the past year!
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A different award
Old 07-29-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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Somewhere in the dark corners of my file cabinet, I seem to recall filing a similar idea to the sundae one, but this used tacos instead. Each fact group was a component of a taco--meat, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, etc. Can't remember what all was on it, though.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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I bought a gumball multiplication unit on the teachers pay teachers website. I think the authors are Made for 1st grade. It's really cute. I made copies of the gumball machine from the unit, glued them on red construction paper, wrote their names at the bottom of the construction paper, and taped them to the wall so that they all can see them. Each time my students pass their 1s, 2s, 3s, etc., they will put a labeled garage sale sticker inside of their gumball machine. I will also give them a gumball to chew the next time we take a timed test or whenever...still working on that idea... I hope this helps.

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Love the taco idea
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1's-plate
2's- shell
3's- lettuce
4's- tomatoes
5's-onion
6's- salsa
7's- sour cream
8's- guacamole
9's- cheese
10's- meat

11's- bowl
12's- dip of orange or lime sherbet

Would this work? What do you think?


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that pizza idea...
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If you went with luv2lern's pizza suggestion, you could make a 12 slice pizza for each child and add the pizza pieces (also a sneaky way to start introducing fractions!). I may go this route this year as a change from the sundaes! I'd only do 10 pieces, as we're teaching math facts to 100 following the new CCSS
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Cupcakes
Old 07-29-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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I do cupcakes, but that might be too similar to sundaes for you.

0&1- paper plate
2- napkin
3- plastic knife for spreading
4- cupcake wrapper
5- cupcake
6- icing
7- chocolate chips
8- sprinkles
9- M&Ms
10- gum drops
11- gummy worms
12- toy decoration on top
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:22 AM
 
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Do you have the pieces that you can attach so we can do this one. I'm tired of the sundaes too.
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Why teach times tables in order?
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I don't mean to hijack the thread, but my problem with multiplication sundaes and similar things is that they teach the tables in numerical order--1, 2, 3, etc. But the best way to teach is not that way. I do 0 and 1 together, then 2, 5, and 10. Then 3 and 6 and 9. Then 4 and 8. Finally 7. The facts work together better that way. You could do it with a sundae; just adjust the design so the facts go on in the new order.
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When we do our sundaes
Old 07-30-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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the items earned do go according to need. For example, since we do 0 & 1 first. Those are napkin and bowl. 2= spoon, 3 ice cream, 5 and 10 are popular and more necessary ingredients. The harder and later #'s are extras like whipped cream, cookie, extra toppings, nuts, etc. My class can earn them in any order they like. But as a class we go from easiest to hardest.


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Bubble Gum
Old 07-30-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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We do the bubble gum machine idea at our school. We did a test each day, if they passed it they would get to have a piece of gum the next day. They loved coming in and finding a penny on their desk...off to the machine they'd go! We didn't do it in order either. We do 0 and 1 then 2, 5, 10...and so on. When they passed, they would put a sticker on their paper gumball machine (those cirlce garage sale stickers) as they passed more, their machines became more full. We continued this with division as well!
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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I, too, am looking for a motivator to learn basic facts.
I would welcome any ideas that do not include food. Some of my students have allergies, and some students are Vegans, etc.
Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:59 AM
 
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Thanks for your suggestions. I'm sick of multiplication sundaes too!
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Solar System Theme
Old 08-01-2012, 12:22 PM
 
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I have a display of all the planets plus the sun
X2 Sun
X3 Mercury
X4 Venus
X5 Earth
X6 Mars
X7 Jupiter
X8 Saturn
X9 Uranus
X10 Neptune
X11 Pluto (or "Dwarf Planet if you want)
X12 Milky Way!!! (which is the finish line)
I have a template of an astronaut for each child. They decorate their astronaut. I take a picture of them and cut their face out to attach on the astronaut. I laminate. Everyone takes a X2 mixed drill. If they score 100% their astronaut is placed on the Sun. If not they try until they do get a 100%. If they do get a 100 next time they take a drill it is the next number. The astronauts move down the Solar System until they master them all and land on the Milky Way. On that day I present the child with a KING SIZED Milky Way candy bar.
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Cute Idea Laurenta
Old 08-01-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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I love it! I wish I could give my students a candy bar. We have food police alive and strong at our school and sugar is a very substance in their opinion.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:36 PM
 
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Great idea.
I would love to have a copy of the astronaut template.
Instead of the candy bar, I might try to find some inexpensive glow in the dark bracelets or something like that.
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Love the solar system idea
Old 08-01-2012, 09:15 PM
 
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I teach a unit on the solar system plus the students loving learning it. I really like the milky way bar but also the non food ideas too. I would love to see the astronaut template....
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found this astronaut
Old 08-01-2012, 09:30 PM
 
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when searching google images. I'm going to have to play with the size. Let me know if someone finds something better
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Astronaut
Old 08-02-2012, 05:39 AM
 
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Sorry guys but I don't have the template on my computer. It is something I just had a random copy of. But the one someone just posted looks about right if you can enlarge it a bit. I'm glad you like the idea though!
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:47 PM
 
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I like your idea too, Laurenta! Thanks!
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needs enlarging
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I printed the astronaut I posted here and you will need to enlarge it for sure !!!!!
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2 per page
Old 08-04-2012, 04:41 AM
 
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If this helps... the one I have at school is large enough to fit two astronauts per page. However they fill the page completely.
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