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September 10, 2014 3 Free Super Secret Student Rewards By Lindsey Petlak
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Kick the school year off right with solid classroom management, while rewarding positive choices and good character with these three, super simple, secret student rewards. This inexpensive (or even FREE) approach to incentives takes very little prep time, but packs major punch with student response!

    I never could have guessed what an overwhelmingly excited and positive response secret rewards would elicit from my students. Two years ago, our social worker used one of the techniques below (invisible markers) to create reward cards for one student, and it caught on like wildfire! Since then, I’ve scoured Pinterest and teacher blogs for various ways to create and offer secret student rewards in my classroom. You can create generic rewards or customize incentives to student interest and need. They continue to be a huge hit!

     


    Invisible Markers

    This is so simple, yet so fun for students. The best part is, you can literally create a reward card ON-THE-FLY (as we know we often have to act in the moment during the school day) using this technique. Besides the paper and your imagination, the only material you need is a set of these SUPER COOL Crayola Color Switchers markers.

    • Choose the cardstock or paper to create the reward, making sure it’s white or lightly colored so that the markers work.

    • Index cards work great, but you can also use white construction paper and cut it out into fun, seasonal shapes.

    • Use the clear-capped, white-tipped end of the marker to write your invisible message.  I know, it’s kind of annoying because you cannot actually see what you’re writing, but do your best, and don’t worry about it being perfect.

    • Then, when the student earns a reward card, they choose one of the Color Switchers markers. Uncap the colored end of the marker and color over the entire white area of the reward. These markers appear in one color (example on baseball hat: green) until they hit the invisible ink and then that appears in a second color (example on baseball hat: blue text).

    • Magically, the reward you wrote will appear!

      

    Want to kick it up a notch? Click the image below to download FREE invisible marker reward tickets for you to print, prep, and use with your own students!

    NOTE: When clicking the download you may receive a message that says you cannot view a preview. Not to worry, click DOWNLOAD. The file is just too large for a preview.

     


    Scratch-off Tickets

    When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I think I squealed out loud. I remember getting various scratch-off goodies as a kid and they made me so happy! From scratch-off Valentine’s Day cards to prize tickets at a carnival, there’s something super fun about taking out a quarter and scratching off that silver layer! Below you’ll find the best tutorial(s) I’ve found online for scratch-off secret student rewards. What I love most is that you can use the laminated cards over and over again and just re-apply the paint scratch-off mixture! The materials you need are minimal, simple, and inexpensive (or FREE!). 

    • acrylic paint

    • dish soap (liquid)

    • paintbrush

    • painter’s tape

    • bowl with lid

    • cardstock

    • laminator or contact paper

    Check out my top Pinterest picks for scratch-off reward tutorials!

     

    Click the image below to download FREE scratch-off reward tickets for you to print, prep, and use with your own students!

    NOTE: When clicking the download you may receive a message that says you cannot view a preview. Not to worry, click DOWNLOAD. The file is just too large for a preview.

     


     

    QR Code Rewards

    I L-O-V-E using QR codes for about a thousand different classroom purposes. Student incentives are no exception. Creating QR codes linked to online images of rewards is a simple way to make reusable incentive cards that incorporate technology into your behavior management system. Students simply use a tech device to scan the code and then . . .voilà! An image of their prize appears on the screen! 

     

     

    Click on the image below to download both FREE QR code reward tickets!

    NOTE: When clicking the download you may receive a message that says you cannot view a preview. Not to worry, click DOWNLOAD. The file is just too large for a preview.

     


    Have YOU tried secret student rewards in your classroom? If so, which type(s) did you use and how did your students respond? Please share!

    Thanks for reading, and see you next week!

    Kick the school year off right with solid classroom management, while rewarding positive choices and good character with these three, super simple, secret student rewards. This inexpensive (or even FREE) approach to incentives takes very little prep time, but packs major punch with student response!

    I never could have guessed what an overwhelmingly excited and positive response secret rewards would elicit from my students. Two years ago, our social worker used one of the techniques below (invisible markers) to create reward cards for one student, and it caught on like wildfire! Since then, I’ve scoured Pinterest and teacher blogs for various ways to create and offer secret student rewards in my classroom. You can create generic rewards or customize incentives to student interest and need. They continue to be a huge hit!

     


    Invisible Markers

    This is so simple, yet so fun for students. The best part is, you can literally create a reward card ON-THE-FLY (as we know we often have to act in the moment during the school day) using this technique. Besides the paper and your imagination, the only material you need is a set of these SUPER COOL Crayola Color Switchers markers.

    • Choose the cardstock or paper to create the reward, making sure it’s white or lightly colored so that the markers work.

    • Index cards work great, but you can also use white construction paper and cut it out into fun, seasonal shapes.

    • Use the clear-capped, white-tipped end of the marker to write your invisible message.  I know, it’s kind of annoying because you cannot actually see what you’re writing, but do your best, and don’t worry about it being perfect.

    • Then, when the student earns a reward card, they choose one of the Color Switchers markers. Uncap the colored end of the marker and color over the entire white area of the reward. These markers appear in one color (example on baseball hat: green) until they hit the invisible ink and then that appears in a second color (example on baseball hat: blue text).

    • Magically, the reward you wrote will appear!

      

    Want to kick it up a notch? Click the image below to download FREE invisible marker reward tickets for you to print, prep, and use with your own students!

    NOTE: When clicking the download you may receive a message that says you cannot view a preview. Not to worry, click DOWNLOAD. The file is just too large for a preview.

     


    Scratch-off Tickets

    When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I think I squealed out loud. I remember getting various scratch-off goodies as a kid and they made me so happy! From scratch-off Valentine’s Day cards to prize tickets at a carnival, there’s something super fun about taking out a quarter and scratching off that silver layer! Below you’ll find the best tutorial(s) I’ve found online for scratch-off secret student rewards. What I love most is that you can use the laminated cards over and over again and just re-apply the paint scratch-off mixture! The materials you need are minimal, simple, and inexpensive (or FREE!). 

    • acrylic paint

    • dish soap (liquid)

    • paintbrush

    • painter’s tape

    • bowl with lid

    • cardstock

    • laminator or contact paper

    Check out my top Pinterest picks for scratch-off reward tutorials!

     

    Click the image below to download FREE scratch-off reward tickets for you to print, prep, and use with your own students!

    NOTE: When clicking the download you may receive a message that says you cannot view a preview. Not to worry, click DOWNLOAD. The file is just too large for a preview.

     


     

    QR Code Rewards

    I L-O-V-E using QR codes for about a thousand different classroom purposes. Student incentives are no exception. Creating QR codes linked to online images of rewards is a simple way to make reusable incentive cards that incorporate technology into your behavior management system. Students simply use a tech device to scan the code and then . . .voilà! An image of their prize appears on the screen! 

     

     

    Click on the image below to download both FREE QR code reward tickets!

    NOTE: When clicking the download you may receive a message that says you cannot view a preview. Not to worry, click DOWNLOAD. The file is just too large for a preview.

     


    Have YOU tried secret student rewards in your classroom? If so, which type(s) did you use and how did your students respond? Please share!

    Thanks for reading, and see you next week!

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