Each child in my class does a round every day. Afterward, a rating shows up: a red dot means you missed too many, yellow dots are pretty good and finally... the coveted green dot.
Some kiddos are self-motivated and always try to beat the clock, but others have caught on that if you wait long enough, you get the answer anyway. If only I could stand over each one nagging and glaring, but there's only so many minutes in a day.
Last week, I made a lotto board (The Green Dot Club) and allowed green dot people to write their names in a square, but gave no explanation. Yesterday, we had five empty squares so I got busy making this little crayon roll as a prize:
I used this tutorial which went together in about 20 minutes. The inside pocket matches the ribbon, red polka dot. First thing this morning, I showed the class (and many friends at school). We used the random name picker instead of abc order so the first 5 green dotters could be on the chart. Low and behold EVERY first-grade friend earned a green dot today. After the grand prize presentation (square 4D) we started a new lotto board.
This crayon roll is the perfect size! It fits in our tiny supply boxes:
Tiny supply boxes are a lifesaver. I bought 25 at Walmart this summer. They hold just enough crayons, a glue stick, scissors, a pencil and a highlighter. Our backup supply boxes (the bigger ones) are on a shelf with the stuff they brought at the beginning of the year, used to refill as needed. When tiny supply boxes are knocked on the floor it only takes a second to clean up, as opposed to a regular-sized supply box holding 64 crayons, erasers and a big liquid glue.
I enjoyed making the crayon roll so much, I made a couple more this evening.