This behavior management product was inspired by a restless student I tutored one-on-one. He would very easily get off task and could never sit still! It was like he had ants in his pants. And thus, this behavior management tool was born.
To set up:
Print the ants and “Ants in the Pants Board” on cardstock and laminate for durability. Cut the ants. Attach small pieces of Velcro strips, or even ‘Command Strips’, to the back of each ant and on each of the ten black dots on the “Ants in the Pants Board”. (Detailed pictures in download)
You can use this product one of two ways or come up with your own way to make it work for what you need!
1. Start with all of the ants in the box. As your student (or students) start to get off task, put an ant over to the pants. The more off task your student is, the more ants in the pants there are. Ants can be removed for on task or appropriate behavior. (Detailed pictures in download)
2. Start with all of the ants in the pants. As your student (or students) complete assignments or activities without going off task, remove an ant and place it back in the box. (Detailed pictures in download)
Use the “Today’s Goal” line to encourage your students to stay on task and keep those ants out of the pants! For example, I started off setting a goal with my student to have no more than 3 “ants in his pants” by the end of the activity. So I would write “3 or less” on the line with a dry erase marker (use a pencil if you decide not to laminate the board). If he could do this, he was given a reward (a sticker or whatever works for your classroom or situation). As the days went on I made the goal harder to achieve to where the goal was always only one or zero ants in the pants! It worked like a charm for me and I hope it does for you as well!
If you have any questions or suggestions, you can contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org