Chew It Up!

Eight days left, folks.  Eight days.  We are doing everything we can around here to maintain a sense of normalcy, but at the same time take care of all the "end of the year" madness.  Let's just say that being a teacher 8 days before summer break is one of the toughest jobs out there!

To make things a little more fun and enticing I decided to start a behavior incentive program.  I chose 9 things for the last 9 days of school that would entice my students to keep on track and make good choices.  At the beginning of the day, we cut off a link of our chain and read which reward we will be working towards for the day.  Today, we cut off "Chew It Up!"

In order to chew their bubblegum, my students had to work as a whole class to spell out BUBBLEGUM.  9 letters, 9 compliments.  Easy as pie.
Once my class completed the word BUBBLEGUM, we started our bubblegum fun!  First, we watched The Gum Chewing Rattler by Joe Hayes... such a cute story!
Then, the chewing began!  We watched this quick, "How To" video and started making those bubbles!
After chewing for a few minutes, we made our graph and did quite a bit of graph talk afterwards.  .
Then, I decided to pull out my gumball machine craftivity.  I haven't made these in years, so I thought I would give it a whirl again!  We reviewed multiplication with our gumball machines!  This ended up being a great time to reinforce and reteach what we did several weeks ago :)
And, they will make a super cute display for the next 8 days :)
Our rewards for the next 8 days are...
8.  Sidewalk chalk
7.  Pickles
6.  Popcorn
5. Game Day 
4.  Lemonade 
3.  Classroom Awards
2. Sit with a buddy
1.  End of the Year Party

I'm *hoping* that these behavior incentives will help the next 8 days go by super fast!  One can dream, right??!!


Miss T said...

I hope you post about the pickles, that intrigues me haha.

Looks like a lot of fun the next few days, the end is near!

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Taking on Second said...

Everyone loves sidewalk chalk! My kiddos loved using it for everything!

Jennifer Reynolds said...

Love how you incorporated a review of your Math concepts into the bubblegum lesson! Thanks for sharing!

Hang in there! The end is in sight! I have been "bribing" my class with extra read aloud time from our current Humphrey the Hamster chapter book! He and his buddy Og the Frog are accompanying their classmates to summer camp!


CaseyJane Cooper said...

Loving your ideas! What a fun way to make the end of the year an enjoyable experience for kids AND teachers!

Mrs. Hynes said...

Thanks for sharing. I've never done this before, but with my special crew this year I may need to join you! I will be borrowing some of your ideas. THANKS! Enjoy your last few days.

Shelby - First Time Firstie said...

Totally love that you turned your reward theme for the day into a theme for learning!! SO fun! And brave to take on the gum. Not sure if I would be able to handle that haha

First Time Firstie

Tracey said...

Tell us about the pickles please!??

Cupcake said...

Love this idea!! I'm sure the kids do, too! :)
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Anne Weaver said...

I want to be in your class! Fun learning is just up my alley!

Angie Olson said...

Yep, pickles are what grabbed my attention...well, that and your super adorable bubble gum day and bulletin board. I am impressed that you are still hanging new items up with only 8 days left...all while finding the time to still blog!
Mrs. Olson’s Lucky Little Learners

Leigh Langton said...

We're at 7 days and I am pulling my hair out! Gonna have to try these! :)

The Applicious Teacher

Lita Lita said...

Thank you! I love the pickles idea! I'm pining this post to use it next month. Thanks!

Roses said...

Terrific blog! Thank you for generously sharing your good teaching ideas.
Is there a pattern for the popcorn box/popcorn?
We still have 2 weeks left so I appreciate your end of year activities to keep the kids focused and encouraging good behavior.
Enjoy your summer!