"I did this last year and the kids loved it!! Countdown to last day of school. Pop one balloon each day. Inside is a special surprise for the day. Ex. No homework, read outside, work with no shoes on, chew gum in the morning, etc."
Students have to write in a log every time they do not turn in their homework on time and explain themselves. This helps teachers keep track of how many times the same student does not do his/her homework, makes students think about why they did not do their homework, and establishes accountability.
pickles and ketchups—On Fridays, place them on the board. Anyone who has turned in all of their assignments is a “pickle” so write their name under the pickle sign. Anyone who is missing an assignment has their name placed under the ketchup bottle. Pickles can “pick” a fun game or activity, while “ketchups” catch up on missing work. It is amazing how quickly assignments come in!
At the beginning of every month, everyone starts off in the homework club. If they turn all their homework in on time, then they get to stay in the club! If they don't then they are out of the club. Students who turn all their homework in for the entire month get to come to our monthly homework club lunch.
Balloon Pop is a cute idea for students to do at the end of the year serving as a countdown. Each student writes a reward/activity that they would like to do. Then they turn them into the teacher and she puts the doable ones inside a balloon and blows them up. Then the students get to pop one balloon a day resulting in a different activity to count downt the last few days of school!
One of the teachers I work with suggested this idea at our first faculty meeting this year and I thought it was so smart! When kids are pulled for speech, OT, reading groups, etc., they put the cup on their desk to say they are out of the room. It makes it easy to glance around the room and see who has been pulled.