50 Classroom Rewards That Don’t Cost a Lot of Money
I found this idea from Teachers-Pay-Teachers. TONS of free resources if you sign up. Teachers post ideas and either sell them or put the up for free for other teachers. Please check out their website. This one was submitted by Little Campers.
- Sit at the teacher’s desk.
- Be the “zookeeper” and take care of the animals.
- Have lunch with your favorite person.
- Join another class for indoor recess.
- Get free milk.
- Have bread and peanut butter at snack time.
- Have the teacher phone parents to tell them what a great kid you are.
- Draw on chalkboard/whiteboard/Smartboard.
- Use the clay during free time.
- Chew sugar free gum.
- Be first in line.
- Do only half an assignment.
- Choose any class job for the week.
- Choose the music for lunch. Bring in a tape.
- Use colored chalk.
- Do all the class jobs for the day.
- Invite a visitor from outside the school.
- Work on a mural.
- Get a drink whenever you want.
- Use the pencil sharpener any time.
- Make a bulletin board. (I sooo would have died to do this when I was in school)
- Put fifteen marbles in the group reward jar.
- No early morning work.
- Be a helper in the room with younger children.
- Help the custodian.
- Write in ink for the day.
- Invite a friend from another class to sit with you at lunch.
- Use the teacher’s chair.
- Work in the lunchroom.
- Take a class game home for the night.
- Move your desk chosen location.
- Keep an animal on your desk.
- No homework pass.
- Lunch with the teacher.
- Operate the projector (or Smartboard).
- Use the couch or beanbag chair for the day.
- Go to another class for recess.
- Use the typewriter. Ok, so this one doesn’t really apply. Change this to use the computer, or something similar.
- Be the first to eat.
- Use the tape recorder and tape a store. In a lot of classrooms, these are still used. Adjust accordingly to your tastes.
- Have a special sharing time to teach something to the class, set up a display, etc.
- Be leader of the class game.
- Extra center time or extra recess.
- Read to a younger child.
- Read to someone else.
- Get to use special stickers to decorate their paper.
- Use classroom puppet.
- Choose an outside activity.
- Use stamps and ink.
- Perform special handshake with teacher and friend.
A lot of these definitely apply to teacher’s pets/future teachers, but I really love the idea of a cheap reward system. Above all rewards and privileges that can be given, I will always believe that verbal praise and encouragement is the best.