Behavior Cards and Lunch Choices

As part of my classroom management I use Behavior Cards. I got this idea from the teacher who I completed my student teaching with who was a 4th grade teacher. It works well with my 2nd graders cans carries over well to 3rd grade.

Here is what the Behavior Cards bulletin board looks like.
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I give each kid a number at the beginning of the year. This number corresponds with their pocket of a cards. Each kid has a pocket of 4 different colored cards- green, yellow, blue, and pink.

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When one of my kids do not follow our classroom expectations, I tell them to pull a card. I then write on the card what they were doing. For example, if a kid was talking, I would say go pull a card. They walk over pull their card, and lay it on my desk. We practice what this looks and sounds like in the first couple days of school. They love to be the example of what it shouldn’t look and sound like. Writing down what the kids do to pull a card is a good at of documenting their behavior which is especially helpful at conference time. I also have kids pull cards for not having their homework completed in the morning.

At the end of the day I record how many points they’ve earned based on what color of card is showing in their pocket. I use an Excel spreadsheet to do this. Green cards earn 2 points, yellow earn 1, blue earns 0, and pink (the last card) earns a phone call or note sent home. I usually have the kids call home instead of me. This seems to have a bigger impact.

Each month I have a reward party. This past month we had an extra recess. To be able to go to the party each kid had to have earned 80% of the possible points. For example, three were 62 points possible based on a child possibly earning 2 points a day so a kid would had to have earned 50 points to attend. It was actually 49.6 points, but I rounded up. I partner up with another teacher who takes the kids who can’t go and we have a study hall. Kids can finish any work during this time. Other ideas for behavior parties which usually last 30 minutes are board games, Just Dance dance party using YouTube videos, or a movie party.

The pockets on the bulletin board also hold the kids’ lunch sticks. I write their names and numbers on a popsicle stick.
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In the morning when the kids come in, they use their stick to make their lunch choice by putting it in the correct lunch choice pocket. I can easily see who has not signed up for lunch by seeing who’s popsicle stuck is still in their pocket and I can see who is absent also.

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I also have some posters above the Behavior Cards. I think the classroom expectation came from Pinterest, can’t remember where I got it.

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Encouraging Good Behavior

Throughout the week my kids have the opportunity to earn tally marks. Each time they receive a compliment from another teacher, transition quietly, or do something without being asked they earn a tally mark. They can also lose tally marks for talking or not following directions. If there are only a couple of kids, talking for example, I have them pull a card. I will explain my behavior cards in another post. On Friday if they have earned 5 tally marks they can eat in the classroom. This past Friday was the first time they’ve earned this reward. I took advantage of my Netflix account and we watched a movie that we will finish this Friday if they earn it. My kids were so excited to do this. They strutted in and out of the cafeteria as the other kids looked on eating their lunches.
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I Survived

I have survived the first two days of school and second grade, granted the first day was an early dismissal, and the second day was Friday so now I’m enjoying my weekend! I did, however, come home Thursday evening after eating dinner with my parents, put my cold mask on my face, and went to bed at 8:30.

It never fails that with each new second grade class I forget how self sufficient my third graders are at the end of the loop. I’ve spent these first two days going over procedures and expectations. We’ve practiced what things look like and sound like. I only had a couple of students say the dreaded “I’m bored” sentence on one of many walks down the hallway. I maintained myself and gave back the “We don’t say we’re bored” sentence.

Next week will be the first full week of school and getting into a schedule routine. 🙂

Books for Teaching Expectations at the Beginning of the Year

Just like when I am teaching a reading strategy, I like to use a picture book when I’m introducing classroom expectations at the beginning of the year. I think the kids can identify with the situations of book characters more than if I would just give them scenarios. I also think they are more likely to remember what it should and should not look like going through the lunch line, for example, if there is a story to go along with the expectation. Here we a few books I have found for introducing classroom expectations. Some of these books are also excellent texts for character traits for you counselor out there.

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– A good book for homework expectations.

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– Use this book for discussing what going to lunch and eating in the cafeteria will look like each day.

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– This book was written to help young children see the difference between tattling and reporting.

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– This book goes along well with the poster ” Fair isn’t everyone getting the same thing. Fair is everyone getting what they need to be successful.” A good book to help kids understand differentiated instruction.

All images and books can be found on Amazon.