First, student blows bubbles and, as expected,kids pop them. Then, challenge students to NOT pop the bubbles even if one lands on the tip of their nose. Introduce the concept of self control and launch a discussion about stopping to think before you act. Refer back to this throughout the year. “Think about that time when we didn’t pop the bubbles…”
Ballooning with Positive Behavior---When a student is listening attentively, he/she gets the balloon on his/her desk. I modeled this for a week then I turned the job over to the students. When the student with the balloon sees another student who is being a good listener, he/she gets to pass the reward onto another. SImply made with classroom supplies but my 4th grade students LOVE it!
Tree of Knowledge (top photo): When students read a non-fiction book, they wrote one fact on a leaf (middle photo). When the season changed, I took down the leaves and started the process again. At the end of the year, I gave the students all the leaves they filled out and they created their own personal tree of knowledge (bottom photo). They have a keepsake of facts they collected from the year.