The past seven years of teaching kindergarten, I have utilized a Stoplight Behavior Chart. Green stood for good, yellow was received after 3 warnings stood for uh-oh, and red was after an additional warning and a note went home. The biggest problem I had with this behavior chart was that neither I nor the students could always remember exactly what they did to receive a note home. At the end of this year, I thought to myself what the point of a behavior chart is if the students and I could not remember the negative behavior they did.
So this year, I decided to switch things up! It hit me when I was at the dollar store and saw colored popsicle sticks.
Each colored popsicle stick could stand for a certain behavior!
Red for I can keep my hands, feet, and objects to myself.
Purple for I can be nice to others.
Blue for I can listen to my teacher.
Green for I can work quietly and stay on task.
Yellow for I can share with others.
Orange for I can raise my hand to speak.
This simple system would allow for students to know exactly what their negative behavior is and redirect them by putting the popsicle stick for their behavior in their number pocket. For example, if Timmy is hitting another student, the teacher or Timmy would find his corresponding name or number in the behavior pocket chart and place a red popsicle stick. This will remind Timmy that “I can keep my hands, feet, and objects to myself.” If the student improves this behavior throughout the day, the popsicle stick can be removed. If the student does not improve this behavior throughout the day, a note can go home specifically identifying which behavior he/she can improve upon. Teachers can choose how many popsicle sticks require a note home, but in my classroom the rule is after 3 popsicle sticks a note goes home.
So forget the days when you cannot remember at the end of the day why certain students are getting notes home. Use this system instead! I cannot wait to see the positive that come out of this behavior system. Please note that all behavior posters include the popular “I can” statement style.
This product includes the following:
Posters for each behavior
Brag tags for each behavior
Headers for popsicle sticks
Student created behavior cards
Smaller version of student created behavior cards
Parent contact note (negative)
Parent contact note (positive)
Goal and incentive charts