After using a modified version of a clip chart, I realized that it wasn’t working for me or my kiddos. I needed something different that would teach them some “life lessons”. Hence, the idea of “Moose Bucks” was born! It’s my take on a token economy system that goes along with my classroom theme (and love) of moose!
At the beginning of the year, we came up with behaviors and actions that were “Payments” and “Fines”. I determined the payment amounts, but the kids voted on the fine amounts. Here are a few examples of what we came up with this year:
Being a Role Model
Helping a Friend
Getting an “A” on a Test
Messy Desk ($2 fine)
Tattling ($3 fine)
Students keep their Moose Bucks in wallets (envelopes) that they keep in a safe spot at their desks. We talk about treating it like they would treat real money. Each morning, the two “Bankers” go around to each student and collect/tally their totals from the previous day. They record this on the Banker Recording Sheet. Weekly totals are then calculated. I staple the sheets together until it’s time for “Reward Day” when all totals are tallied for a Current Balance.
At the end of each month, we have a “Reward Day”. Students use the Rewards Menu to choose rewards they want to “purchase”. I use the Moose Buck Rewards Ledger to keep track of what they get and their new balances. It’s a great way to teach them about spending vs. saving! So many life lessons taught so simply!
**I included an editable version of the Reward Menu in case you would like to make any changes to the amounts/rewards. Please let me know if you have any trouble editing.**