In my fourth grade classroom, I used the “Marvelous Moustache Math” system for standardized test preparation. My students were given a set of twenty test prep packets with eight questions per packet. To motivate my students to try their best and use their strategies, I rewarded them with a sticker to put on their moustache for every test they made a 100% on.
I began by giving every student a moustache to color and decorate. I then laminated the moustaches and created my bulletin board. When students made a 100% on a test, I gave them a moustache sticker (I used a little moustache stamp I found at Michael’s Craft Store stamped to address labels and then cut into stickers!) When the student received 10 stickers, I presented them with the certificate, a moustache eraser (found at Party City for $0.99 each) and a self-adhesive moustache to wear. I also allowed these students free time in lieu of the rest of the test preparation packets.
This was a HUGE success in all of my three math classes. I saw students who never really gave work their all, work these practice tests with extreme concentration and strategies to make it into my Moustache Club. You could use this for just about any type of motivation needed in your classroom! Feel free to make it your own and have fun! From my class to yours!
*Spelling for Both “Mustache” and “Moustache”
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