Your kids will enjoy this MATHO math homework incentive. This is a fun way to encourage/reward your upper elementary students for completing their math homework each night and coming in prepared with it each day. I think students in third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade would find this fun and love the positive reinforcement it gives them for being a responsible math student.
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There are 3 cover choices for the front of their homework pocket folder, and then there are MATHO cards included. All MATHO cards are formatted the same, but there are 26 different card images to choose from. This allows you to give students a new card each time if you want.
This saying is at the top of each card:
If you complete your homework, the teacher stamps an O ( pronounced “oh”).
If you don’t complete your homework, the teacher marks a NO.
You earn a treat when you get 5 O’s in a row.
How does the MATHO math homework incentive work? You will probably understand if you watch the above video, but here is a written explanation. :-)
Here is how I will use it, but feel free to use the materials in your classroom by doing whatever works best for you.
I will tell my students that they will each get a MATHO card. They are responsible for keeping up with the card and having it out each day at the start of math class. They must have it out on their desk with their homework right beside it. My kids have a math homework folder with pockets, so they can slide this in a pocket for easy use. You can also staple the cards on the inside of the folder. Each day when I walk around to check to see if they have their homework, students must already know where they want me to stamp their card. They must select the o space on the card, and I will stamp in that space. I use smiley face stamps that I ordered off the Oriental Trading® website. Walking around and stamping should be a FAST process. No waiting around for kids to select a space to stamp. If they aren’t ready, I will choose where to stamp. Kids will learn the process quickly, as they will want to choose the place you stamp.
The goal is to earn 5 O’s in a row and hopefully earn them in a one week period. When students get their card the first time (on a Monday), they can potentially earn a treat by Friday morning. I give homework M-Th, so if they complete their homework, they can tell me where to stamp on Tuesday – Friday morning when I check for their homework. By Friday morning they can have 5 O’s in a row if they completed all of their homework each night and they use the free space as one of their 5 O’s in a row.
Here is where it gets a little fun. If a student does NOT bring in their homework, they must still take out their card. Instead of stamping it, I get to choose where I write a “NO” on their board. This means that I can potentially block their O’s in a row. For example, they can have a stamp in three “o” spaces under the M column and then not bring in their homework on Friday morning. I can then mark a “NO” in the fourth space, which means they can no longer use the three marks they earned under the M column towards that particular 5 in a row. The teacher gets to block the kids if they don’t come prepared. That’s a part of the homework game.
If I do block their 5 in a row by writing the word “no” in a blank circle, the student will keep their card until they earn 5 O’s in a row. They will try to earn 5 going a different direction on the same card. The card may carry over to the next week until they earn 5 in a row. Once a student earns 5 in a row, they get a new card. In my class, students will get their treat on the day they earn 5 in a row. I simply have a candy box/treat box (small and inexpensive) and kids get to pick something each time they earn 5 in a row. You could also only allow for cards to be redeemed on Fridays even if they got 5 in a row earlier in the week. If for some reason a card is filled up and there is no way to earn 5 in a row, simply have students start a new card to earn 5 in a row. If students come to class often without their work, this might happen.
You could also change this up and reward your kids every ten days by having them get 5 in a row on 2 cards (2 weeks) before being rewarded. They can then turn in the 2 cards for a treat. For example, they might earn a stamp Tuesday-Friday of week one, which gives them 5 in a row. They get a new card the next week (or whenever they earn the five, as it could take some kids longer than a week) and earn a stamp Tuesday-Friday. They will turn both cards in showing 5 in a row two times. This might allow you to give fewer treats and treats that are a little nicer. You can also give them a full sheet that has 4 cards, and they have to get 5 in a row 4 times before they earn a bigger treat. Just figure out what works best for you.
ONE AGAIN... please watch the video link to get a better idea of how MATHO works.
I know your kiddos will really enjoy MATHO!