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    By mariners

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    I just cut up construction paper to make tickets and have the kids write their number on each ticket they receive. We recycle the tickets and they usually last for about six weeks. I might change them out for a certain holiday (i.e. green in March for St. Patrick's Day).

    How do I use them? I give them one ticket for each 30 minutes of reading at home that they complete. If everyone at a table group (5-6 desks) reads and has their planner signed, each person at a table will get an extra ticket. Students can also earn tickets for helping out a neighbor or completing a classroom job without being asked (helping to find a lost assignment, picking up pillows, straightening books, etc.). If my class receives a compliment, they will get a ticket. On Fridays, I have them turn in their weekly behavior chart and for each day that they did not have a demerit, they got a ticket. Each Friday afternoon, I would draw three tickets out of our jar and those people could get a prize out of the prize bag. However, if their number was on the board for not turning in an assignment, they were not eligible for the drawing. Last year's class really liked gel pens so I'd often tape a couple together to put in the bag--very inexpensive!

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