They earn a Sparkler by going to their desks quickly and quietly, getting out their needed materials, and showing me they're ready to work and/or listen for directions. This helps with making transitions run smoothly and we are able to get right to their next lesson!
"Brain Sprinkles" I took an empty spice container, created a cute label, then filled the container with beads and glitter. I shake the container over their heads, and...boom! They are revitalized. Sometimes I use them on myself. I love to give everyone brain sprinkles right before a test. Some even ask if I can shake a little extra sprinkles for them!
Love this idea! Pull a name from the Mystery Hero jar. Don't say their name, but let kids know you are watching your Mystery Hero. If the Mystery Hero does a good job reward them, and if they aren't on their best behavior just say to the class that the Mystery Hero needs to try harder. Don't call the student out or let students know who it was.
First, he blows some bubbles and, as expected, the kids all pop them. Then, he challenges them 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. Dustin refers to it as a "bullet" in your year that you can refer back to again and again. "Think about that time when we didn't pop the bubbles..."
Glitter germs lesson. This ties in w/ the health curriculum, but I'd use it at the start of year to stress the importance of handwashing. Glitter mixed with hand sanitizer. Teacher uses it, pretends to cough, and then shakes hands with 1 student. The students then shake eachothers hands and see how the glitter "germs" spread. Discuss proper hand washing after
The Early Finisher Board consists of seven sections: Read It, Write It, Solve It, Make It, Do It, Draw It and Journal It. Each section consists of a fun activity that students can take to their desk and complete.