I used something called a "Punch Card" with my students. They come in various shapes. A ruler that says, "Sara Rules" or a rock that says "Joe Rocks!" There are markers all along the perimeter for me to hole punch the card. On the back I have various prizes that can be won at certain benchmarks.
The students get punches for each homework they complete and if they are good I'll tell them to take out their card and give them extra punches. If they don't have the card out with homework is to be checked and I come around it doesn't get punched. If they lose it they get a new punch card and have to start over. This teaches them responsibility. Even the the most unorganized kids don't lose their punch cards!
Some prizes are 30 punches: play homeworkolpoy (homeworkopoly.com) 60 choose a partner, etc. The most punches at the end of the card equal the biggest prizes. Use the teacher's chair for a day, sit next to a friend, lunch with the teacher and friends, etc. My kids loved it last year and it motivated them to do their homework!
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