Having Fun Behaving!
Since the star student flags and encouragement cards were such a big hit, I decided to write one more article on behavior modification.
100-Chart Bingo is also a quick, easy and fun way to help improve student behavior. This tip also helps teach math skills and cooperation. What a win-win for everyone!
Here's How To Play:
Run off and laminate the traceable 100 chart.
Run off and laminate the smaller number chart.
Cut up the smaller numbers and put them in a container. You'll need another container to put the chosen numbers in. I have labels for "picked" and "not picked".
Anytime that you recognize good behavior choose a student to draw a number out of the container and have a different student trace it on the 100 chart, using a permanent marker.
The tracings can later be removed with a Mr. Clean Eraser.
I find that if you use a dry erase marker, the color can easily be brushed off by accident.
When the class gets a "BINGO" (a straight line in any direction) they get a reward. 4 corners is also a Bingo.
What will be fun for students is that the diagonal lines are all different lengths. Some are only 2 numbers long, while others, like the one straight across the middle, which includes numbers 1 through 100, is the longest of all.
At the beginning of the year, brainstorm a list of rewards with students, and list them on the reward chart.
You can either have students vote on what reward they want, or choose a number out of another container with however many numbers in it, that correspond to how many rewards you have.
Whatever number they choose, will match a reward on the poster and that’s the one that the students earn.
Also, decide what sorts of behavior warrant the choosing of a number. i.e. the whole class transitioning quietly, completing morning work etc.
List those on the "Just LOVE this kind of bee-utiful bee-havior!" chart.
As an incentive you can list individual students on the other bee-utiful bee-havior chart and decide how many need to make the list in order to get a number drawn.
You could also draw more numbers for better behavior. i.e., a compliment in the hallway from another teacher or in their gym, music, or art classes =’s 2 or 3 numbers drawn; no one is absent, a great report from the substitute, etc. 5 numbers are drawn.
I've included a "Bee good for goodness sake bookmark, + 4 "Buzzin' By" bee-utiful bee-havior happy grams as well as "Caught bee-ing good" awesome cards.
I truly feel that positive reinforcement goes a long way in helping promote great behavior and improving self-esteem.
I think you'll like Behavior Bingo because it teaches patience, as it takes a while to get a Bingo. It also teaches teamwork, because it’s a group effort.
I like the teachable moments it provides. i.e., instead of the student who chooses the number announcing the number, have them give a clue: I drew a number between 30 and 40. My number is less than 10 but more than 6, my number is in the 1st row and is odd. This helps students really understand number concepts as well as look for patterns.
Click on the link to view/download Behavior Bingo Packet
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Hoping to see you tomorrow for more teaching tips.