Use these “classroom coupons” as an alternative to expensive treasure box treats. Children don’t need costly rewards as motivators. (Believe it or not, one of my students’ favorite treats is being able to work without their shoes on... and a close second is letting a child move his or her desk to any desired spot in the room for one day.)
You’ll find a variety of classroom coupons in this packet, including ones that sound a little more like jobs (or chores, actually}. Over the years I’ve learned that all children are wired differently and some get a lot of satisfaction out of leading or serving others. You’d be surprised how some children find using the broom or sharpening pencils to be motivating. Still, others would rather bring in a stuffed animal from home and spend reading time with their favorite teddy bear.
There are 55 different classroom coupons in this packet. Choose the ones that will work best for you. I like to start out with a small amount at the beginning of the year and introduce 1 or 2 more each month so there’s always something new to look forward to.
Because individual district and school policies vary, I don’t suggest a specific behavior plan in this packet. Rather, I suggest using these coupons within your existing plan, replacing costly candy and toy treats with these coupons. When and how often you use them is up to your discretion and depends on your classroom management plan.
For many of the coupons, there is a boy and girl version. To save money and time in the long run, consider copying the coupons in color and laminating them for durability. When a child “redeems” a coupon, it is turned back in to you. In this way, they’re available for the following year.
Playground Pass: Extra Time Outside!
Line Leader for the Day
Caboose for the Day
Super Student: Be the teacher's helper for a day!
Read a Story to the Class
Read Anywhere in the Room
Move Your Desk to Any Spot in the Room
Super Sticker Girl / Super Sticker Guy
Cheer Leader: Lead our class in cheers and praises!
The Boss of Brain Breaks!
You're the Broom Boss!
Door Holder Pass
Be Our Phone Friend: Please answer the phone for one day!
Bubble Bonanza: Good for blowing bubbles!
Great Gumballs: Good for one day of gum chewing!
No Homework: Pick one day to skip homework!
Eat Lunch with the Teacher
Bring in a Stuffed Friend
Terrific Toy: Bring in one of your favorite toys!
Happy Hat Day
Silly Sock Day
No Shoes! Work with your shoes off!
Extra Reading Time
A Heart for Art
Sit at the Teacher's Desk
Click Clack! Extra time on the computer!
iPod Day! Today rocks! I can listen to my iPod while I'm working!
Mr. Marshmallow / Miss Marshmallow