Mercy Moments are just that - moments of mercy for students. Let's say their beloved fish dies, they "forgot", and/or they left it at school. No worries or explanation needed!
The document is printable and editable in MS Word. I usually print on colored paper, cut them out, and give one to each student per nine weeks, or two per 9 weeks (depending on the school grading period). This DOES NOT let students get out of an assignment, but allows them time to turn it in. Students must keep up with them, so it teaches responsibility.
**In addition, if students do not use them within the grading period, I gave them extra credit for turning them in! (Turning them in on the last day for the grading period equaled up to 10 points on a pop quiz.) Also, I print a few extras for new students that may show up at any time and save a few to reward students during review games and/or good behavior.