These little awards are meant to encourage children to use good reading strategies as they read. I use them during daily 5. If a student I am conferencing with is doing a great job of using a reading strategy, I hand them a beanie baby strategy award. That student then gets recognized at the end of daily 5 and has a few moments to share what strategy he/she was using. In my class, students who earn these awards get to buddy read with the stuffed friend the next day.