Quiet Critters-when you decide it is time for students to work on independent work, pass out quiet critters- take them away from students who talk. At the end of the activity anyone who still has a quiet critter receives a prize, point, incentive, et..
Quiet Critters They live in a soundproof jar & only come out when it's quiet. Loud noises hurt their ears, but whispering is ok They love to sit on students' desks & watch & learn from the students. If the student is too loud, they get moved to the other side of their desk. If they continue to be loud they go back into their jar. At the end of the quiet lesson whoever still has a Quiet Critter on their desk can have points, a sticker or whatever incentives you have in the room.
Cool Down Cubes - great for students who have difficulty with anger. Using a permanent marker, write a safe "cool down" strategy on each ice cube. For example: count to ten, walk away, talk to a friend, take three deep breaths, etc. I also left a few of the cubes blank so that the students could come up with their own strategies.
These popsicle sticks can be placed in an "I'm Done" jar. Each popsicle stick has a short activity or task written on them for students to work on when they finish other work early. Students pull a stick when they finish early. This is a great way to keep students who finish early quiet while other students are finishing.