Rewarding our students can get expensive if we let it. Check out my top 25 free classroom rewards, so you don’t break the bank!
- Sit in the teacher’s chair
- Eat lunch with a friend in the classroom
- Write with fancy pens for the day (I put the pens on my class wish list)
- Eat lunch with the teacher
- Eat lunch with the principal
- Class movie lunch
- Help with morning announcements (You’ll likely need principal help with this one)
- Lunch on the playground
- Write notes/announcements on the class whiteboard (My students loved this)
- Positive note or email to the child’s pick of adult
- Have the class mascot (stuffed animal) sit at their desk for the day
- Have a special fidget to use for the day
- Free ice cream coupon to a local restaurant. (I spoke with the Mcdonald’s manager and she donated a stack of coupons to use for the school year.)
- Wear a hat day (Be sure to check with administration if this breaks the dress code; my administration always let me as long as I gave the kiddos a hat sticker to show it was a reward)
- Bring a toy for the day
- Teacher assistant for the day (They run errands, pass out papers, etc)
- Listen to music during afternoon pickups
- Leave shoes off for class (My students love this one too)
- Extra recess time
- PJ Day (Be sure to check with administration if this breaks the dress code; my administration always let me as long as I gave the kiddos a PJ sticker to show it was a reward)
- Everyone picks their own seat for a day
- Make a class Tik Tok video or Instagram Reel as a class (Be sure to have parent/guardian written permission)
- Charging pass (A student can charge their phone, Ipad, etc)
- Extra time at lunch
- Class outside for a class period or subject
What free rewards to use with your students?
As a teacher, I know the importance of having a quick way to grab my students’ attention. Check out the list of attention grabbers below that I have used in the past with my students:
- The teacher says “Soft kitty, warm kitty.” Students say “Little ball of fur.”
- The teacher says “Winner winner.” Students say “Chicken dinner.”
- The teacher says “Alright, stop.” Students say “Collaborate and listen.”
- The teacher asks “Ready to rock?”
- The teachers say “Hocus Pocus.” Students say “Everybody focus.”
- The teacher says “Class, class, class.” Students say “Yes, yes, yes.”
- The teacher says “Quiet on the set.” Students say “Action!”
- The teacher says “Ready to listen.” Students say “Ready to Learn.”
- The teacher says “Macaroni and cheese.” Students say “Everybody freeze.”
- The teacher says “Peanut butter.” Students say “Jelly time.”
- The teacher says “Surf’s up!” Students say “Cowabunga dude.”
- The teacher says “Du na na na. …” Students say “Batman.”
- The teacher asks “Ready to rock?” Students say “Ready to roll.”
- The teacher says “Hands on top.” Students say “That means stop.”
- The teacher says “Eenie Meenie.” Students say “Minie moe.”
- The teacher says “Ready, set?” Students say “You bet!”
- The teacher says “Chicka, Chicka.” Students say “Boom, boom.”
- The teacher says “Chugga, Chugga.” Students say “Choo, choo!”
- The teacher says “That’s not spirit fingers.” Students say “These are spirit fingers.” (while doing spirit fingers)
- The teacher says “Everybody in the house.” Students say “Is as quiet as a mouse.”
- The teacher says “Crew.” Students say “Aye, aye, captain.”
- The teacher says “Shark bait.” Students say “Hoo ha ha.”
- The teacher says “To infinity.” Students say “And beyond.”
- The teacher says “Holy moly.” Students say “Guacamole.”
- The teacher says “Hakuna.” Students say “Matata.”
- The teacher says “Marco.” Students say “Polo.”
- The teacher says “Who loves you? Students say “You do.”
- The teacher says “Cutie pie, honey bun.” Students say “You know that I love you.”
- The teacher says “Red Robin.” Students say “Yum.”
- The teacher says “Oh me.” Students say “Oh my.”
I hope you enjoyed this post and found something useful for your classroom. If you found it helpful, please share the post with a teacher friend!
I also often spend a part of my weekend preparing for the week ahead.
I report to in-service one week from today. After finishing the post, I’m heading to school to work on my room. I usually have it done by now, but I have had a jam-packed summer.
This past weekend I worked on a few of the handouts that I will have in my students’ ELA Folders when they come to class on the first day. I usually purchase each student a paper folder when I can get them for .10 and under. (I have over 90 kiddos) Each class has its class color. There are two sides in the folder, one is returned to the teacher, and the other is a notebook. The items on the notebook side will stay in the folder until, as a class, we set up our class binders. The first handout I have is the student Reading Notebook Requirements.
This handout tells them what materials they need and what order everything goes in. They keep this handout under memos in their notebooks if something happens and they need to reorganize. Click on the picture to download the editable version.
Each year I provide a syllabus for my students with an overview of class expectations, policies, rules, and curriculum. You can download an editable version of mine by clicking on the picture!
Lastly, I’m going to share my Reading Class Important Information handout. This sheet contains their log-ins, passwords, and web addresses for classes. Click on the picture to download an editable version.