I use "gumball goals" in my classroom as a reward to keep kids motivated to meet a "goal" or "challenge." I have a gumball machine in my room and once I introduce this system the kids are SO excited to earn their gumball! Gumball goals can change, or increase in difficulty as the year goes on. I continue to assess gumball goals throughout the year so that everyone has a chance to earn them.
In my room, gumball goals begin as 1. Naming all uppercase letters 2. Naming all lowercase letters 3. providing all lowercase sounds 4. Naming the number 0-10 5. Correctly writing the numbers 0-10.
As the year goes on I start to include goals geared towards addition and subtraction, counting up from any given number, blending words, etc. Your goals can be whatever you want for your room.I've tried a few different ways of tracking kids who earn gumball goals, and I'd be happy to discuss them with you if you'd like to talk about it. Also, I'd be glad to send a free, editable letter showing how I introduce "gumball goals" to families and how I let them know how close they are to earning one.
The tickets are what I give the students when they earn a gumball goal. They can redeem one a day whenever they would like (I just choose the time of day they get it) and I mark that it has been redeemed so they can't turn it in again.
Please let me know if you have any questions!