Simple Classroom House system for K-5th graders! Students can easily be sorted into 4 houses (inspired, of course, by Harry Potter and by the Ron Clark Academy): Exuberance, Integrity, Perseverance, Symbiosis.
I'm excited to use this simple system in my classroom this year! We do not have a school-wide house system, but perhaps this will help encourage something similar! Along with this printable pack, I plan to implement a House Meeting time for students to create a house chant/cheer at the beginning of the year, monthly house celebrations (dance party or house chosen brain breaks), and hopefully some special photos of each house posted in the classroom. There are no extrinsic rewards connected to points! Bragging rights is it, my friends!
I plan to add a few things to things to this pack as is implemented in my classroom. Keep an eye out for updates! ♥
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1. Sort students into houses using the spinner.
2. Students earn house points & you track them on the tracking sheet. You choose how they earn points. I give them points based on many different things like working together, supporting each other, keeping their areas clean, whole class behavior in common areas (all houses get points for that), etc... you have freedom and flexibility!
3. Choose the length of time you track points and what reward system you want, if any! My class this year needs a shorter time span for tracking/rewarding points to celebrate, so we have dance parties, extra recess for the top house at the end of the week. Some systems I've seen track points for longer periods of time. You have the freedom to choose what works for you!
4. Bonus Tickets: I keep bonus tickets with me at all times and whenever we need a little boost, I pull a ticket from the jar and that child spins the wheel for a bonus! You can personalize the bonuses you use, too! My choices right now are: choose a brain break, pick a Reward Ticket, 5 house points, 2 points for every house, and student choice.
5. My best advice for this system is to be consistent! I've not been very consistent with it thus far, and I'm planning a reboot after Spring Break. I'm hopeful that it'll get me though the spring fever and encourage students to work together during a time when that becomes more challenging.
6. You have so much freedom with this system! This product is basically the bones upon which to build your classroom community. Have fun and enjoy celebrating each other! ♥
*How to Earn Points (one completed & a blank one to complete with your students)
*House Descriptors charts for each house: fill in with students to describe qualities of houses, if desired
*House Point/Members tracking sheet for each house (laminate & write on with dry erase markers)
*Decorative colorful arrow (print, piece together, add to house crest display)
*House Crests with simple symbols in simple colors so that you can easily coordinate with brag tags, colored paper, notes home, etc..)
*Badge Clip Tags (print on colored paper to match houses [red, blue, green, yellow], laminate, punch holes in top, add badge clip)
*House Bonus Points tickets (pass out at any time to award points silently; place them in a jar & tally at the end of the week to track bonus points)
*House Sorting Spinner: laminate & attach provided arrow to sort students
*House Sorting Strips: copy & cut a class set. Fold & place in a container. Students pull a strip to be sorted in one of the 4 houses.
*House Points Bonus Spinner: use to recognize students and award points to individual houses (point values=1-8)
*Notes for home-school connection-3 versions