Tried It Tuesday: Winter Treat Bags - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Tried It Tuesday: Winter Treat Bags

Ack! I have been a horrible blogger! Goodness gracious. The holiday season has taken over, for sure!!

I wanted to share something I've "tried" the last couple of years with my class, and of course link up to my BBB, Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper!

We all know how FABULOUS {insert sarcasm} students' behavior can be before Winter Break... filled with excitement and SUGAR, it seems self-control can be lacking those last couple weeks... so I give my students a little incentive. I send a letter home to parents right around Thanksgiving asking for contributions of SMALL items (think dollar store, Target Dollar Spot, etc). Then, the last 12 days before Winter Break (I call it the Twelve Days of Good Behavior LOL), if they have been "good" that day (meaning, they aren't on anything below green for the day), they get a treat in their treat bag! I have done little stockings for each child before, but this year, I just had them decorate a paper lunch bag (which I think they liked better anyway!).
The kids really get into it, and then they love being able to take home a bag full of treats on the last day, too! And I can tell you, I can see an improvement in behavior... it makes me want to do treat bags at other times of the year- like before Spring Break!! Maybe I'll try it! :)

Don't forget to come link up tomorrow with your seasonal writing ideas for Workshop Wednesday!! :)

6 comments

  1. I started doing a little gift a day each day and I promise you I will be doing it again next year. It has made ALL the difference in the world. Today our reward was to watch DM2!!! I hadn't thought to do a bag to have them store them up to take home on the last day. Smart!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  2. This is the one week when I'm glad that we have 40 minute class periods. My classes have the ability to get up and walk around for three minutes and mix people. I think it actually helps with the crazy.
    I love the bags. Great idea!
    Michele
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

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  3. Love this great incentive! I wish I would have thought of this sooner... my afternoon class has been crazy this week! Whew... and it's only Tuesday!

    Thanks for another great idea :)
    Hope the week continues to fly by with good behavior!!!
    Amanda
    My Shoe String Life

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  4. Yep - they are floating pretty high this week. I've been keeping them active with art projects - educational of course, and completing RACK's for the school. It's having them burn some energy!

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  5. Great post. These kinds of works make them happy and creative. I love these all. The kids should be assigned some art projects so that they can be creative and artist in their lives.
    Treat Bags of Just Artifacts

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  6. This is such a great idea!! I have to steal this for another time of year. So clever! :)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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