November 23, 2013

Spark Student Motivation: Homework Helpers. a FREEBIE

I'm linking up with my new bloggy friend Joanne over at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her weekly linky party...

I have the luxury of knowing and working with my sixers while they are still in fifth grade. This year's crop were hesitant homework completers last year so I knew going into this current school year that I would need to work on this very important skill/habit. BUT what to do?

I did a LOT of thinking, a little praying, and a TREMENDOUS bit of Pinteresting! Beginning last spring,  I repeatedly began seeing pins for brag tags (used these years ago, but got discouraged with the trouble of finding/making them), punch cards (used these years ago also), and no homework coupons (use these ALL the time as gifts for my kiddos). These pins got me to thinking... and deciding... and creating!

I decided to set up a homework reward system for my sixers this year. Consisting of a homework punch card...

... Each assignment successfully completed and turned in on time receives a punch. For every five punches, a student receives a brag tag which are collected for special prizes (treats, pencils, erasers, etc.)...

... Fill up the punch card and earn a no homework coupon!

I am VERY happy to say that my sixers (and my fifth grade Language Arts students) are great at completing their homework and turning it in on time! They love to hear me say, "Yea, I get to punch you!" (we have new tags each month). They enjoy collecting the brag tags (I've quite a collection amassed in my TpT store with more coming), and they ADORE the no homework coupons! This system REALLY works for my students.

Here's a little FREEBIE for you, to get you started with your own homework reward system,  a thank you for reading my blog and following me through bloggyland, and for sharing your ideas with me. Just click HERE or on the graphic below to download your copy. 

Before you go, I'd like to tell  you about a little giveaway that I am hosting. I am happy to offer you the chance to obtain your very own Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener in your choice of color (there is even a pink one available). Just enter the giveaway at this blog post between now and 11:59pm Nov. 27, 2013. On Thanksgiving Day I will announce the winner of the World's BEST Sharpener in a blog post and by email. The winner must have a U.S. mailing address. Good luck!

Happy Teaching,
The Teacher's Desk 6

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  1. I love all of your Thanksgiving activities! Thanks for sharing the freebie.

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  2. What a great system for homework. Thank you for sharing it! I love this idea, and I started following you.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    Fit to be fourth

  3. I love that you have so many incentives for homework completion and have figured out what works best with this "crop" (I love that you call them that!). I've used punch cards in the past and was very successful-I think I may need to bring them back! Thanks for the freebie and linking up Angela!
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  4. The punch card is a great idea! I am sending this idea to my daughter to use! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday!

  5. I found your blog through Maniac Monday. Thank you for this wonderful freebie. What a great motivator!


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