It doubles as personalized gifts as well as an award certificate when you attach the real candy to the award. My students are always curious to predict who will receive what. You could also have the students nominate each other.
I made these awards because my students requested them.
Last year I found a different set of classroom candy bar awards here on Teachers Pay Teachers and they were a huge hit with my students. I have the same group of students this year and they were already asking me in January if we were going to do the Candy Bar Awards again this year. Of course I told them yes, but I had to create a new version for my students this year so they didn’t get the same award twice and this product is what I came up with.
-use the planning sheet to match students’ personalities to the corresponding candy
-scratch off the candy as you go so that you know what’s left on the “scratch off” list
-Print in color on cardstock
-to make the award “pop” and add sturdiness, place it on 12 x 12 black scrapbook paper
-attach the actual candy bar at the bottom of the award (tape or Velcro)
-watch your kids eyes widen with glee as you hand out an edible award they’ll never forget!
If you love it, pin it!
We started our first staff meeting of the year with dancing, skipping, and playing hot potato with balloons. Why? Because our principal paired with our local university who explained the benefits of students taking physical activity breaks. Even though you are taking time away from teaching, you are actually increasing the students’ focus, boosting moral in the classroom, and fighting the childhood obesity epidemic.
This may remind you of the popular term “Brain Breaks,” however in my opinion the main difference is the length of time.
Recently we’ve started doing the conga line to music as we make our back to class. The best part is seeing everyone grades 1-5 let loose in organized chaos, then go back to class ready to learn in 5 minutes flat! It’s amazing how quick they get back to work.
Room Crashing is something my hallways has started doing once in a while planned and unplanned. If we here music coming from another classroom and we’re ready to start PEAK we may sneak over and crash that classroom’s PEAK if they’re doing line dances. Usually the teachers talk during lunch and let the kids think it was spontaneous.
That’s right, I’ve been sucked in to the Pinterest hype. Here’s a lil glimpse of my daily obsession:
It all started when I was just starting to dabble into the Daily 5 and needed word work ideas. After a quick Google search I was led to Pinterest. Once I was I on the homepage I started seeing cute nail polish hues that I just had to try, and after that I saw about a 100 ways to clean my house using vinegar, and then I about died when I discovered anchor charts for language arts.
At that time I was teaching 72 3rd graders (3 classes) language arts and it was my first year teaching. I LOVED teaching and felt so blessed to have a job, but the main thing I suffered from was lack of collaboration since the other teachers on my team taught other subjects. Pinterest was my “team” of mentors who nurtured me into the world of teaching with tons, and tons, and tons of ideas/resources.
Pinterest got me through my first year of teaching. #truth
I’ve been so inspired from Pinterest (as well as all the talented teacher bloggers out here in Bloggy World), that I will be deeming the name “The PINspired Teacher.” My goal will be to share things that I, as a still-fairly-new teacher, am inspired by so that other teachers can feel as confident as I have grown to be. I will also share my creations that I’ve been “Pinspired” by from my TPT store. Now that I have a blog I am highly motivated to create more useful freebies for my followers.
I am by no means an expert at blogging-in fact I should rename blogging to rambling which is what I will probably end up doing more often then not, but if just 1 person leaves my blog inspired to try something new in his/her classroom then I will have accomplished my goal.
You can sign up for Pinterest by visiting www.pinterest.com
(Note: I am not being paid to promote Pinterest)
If you’re interest in following me on Pinterest here is my link:
Once I learn blogging better a put a cool Pinterest thingy on the side to click to follow, but until then you have to do it the “old fashioned” way.
As I end my FIRST BLOG POST EVER…I leave you with a question and one of my favorite pins:
How has Pinterest helped you in the classroom?