Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: November 24, 2001
the downloaded patterns of "Rudolph" and the "North
Pole." Color and laminate.
a piece of yarn the width of your classroom and hang above you.
The yarn should start on one end of the room and stretch across
it horizontally to attach to the other side of the classroom.
One one side of the yarn, attach the sign that reads "The
North Pole". On the other side, attach a blown up red balloon.
This is the "red nose" that Rudolph wants to reach.
The North Pole is where Rudolph starts. Attach your Rudolph to
the yarn with a paper clip, or some other way that will allow
the reindeer to slide along the yarn.
students are on task, working quietly, etc., simply move the reindeer
from the "North Pole" towards the "red nose.":
Moving it in small increments works the best. The desired goal
is to reach the nose, so as misbehavior is happening, start moving
the reindeer back towards its "home." As you move it
forward, say things like, "I appreciate the way ______ is
working so quietly," or "I like how I saw _____ get
out a book to read when she was done with her math." Students
will pick up right away what is expected of them.
best part is this: When the reindeer reaches his "red nose",
pop the balloon to find a "surprise" in it. (Before
tying your balloon, slip in a piece of paper with a class prize
like: extra 10 minutes of recess, or class treat, or class homework
pass, etc.) Keep the element of surprise just that...a prize that
the kids don't know, but can't wait to find out!
the prize is won, simply blow up another balloon, slip in a paper
with the surprise written on it, and start over again!
here to download the reproducible.
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