If they haven't met my expectations, they will visit a "Wrap it Up" Station to "wrap up" whatever needs to be finished or improved. If they have met all the expectations, then they will visit other stations that you see listed. Some of the activities include but are not limited to: word games on the I pods like Speed Tiles (great game, very scrabble-like but you can play alone and it is FREE), free choice informational texts, library passes, occasional special creative assignments, etc.
One of their favorites is Bananagrams! I have created a special set of instructions to keep the noise level to a minimum for those students who might still be "WRAPPING IT UP." Help yourself to our directions if you like. :) Our deal is very simple for this reward. You read and follow the directions without assistance from me at these stations, simply because I will be helping students to "WRAP THINGS UP" at a small group meeting. This gives me an additional meeting time to really work with the students who needed my help the most during the week.
You should see how determined they are on Thursday to make sure everything has met my expectations! They even come in early on Friday if they can to complete/improve things to make sure they get to choose the fun option of whatever card might appear in their pocket! It is a "WIN-WIN" situation for us! I get stellar work from them completed on time, and they get a fun activity that doesn't feel like work...Little do they know that I strategically choose their activity based on what I think they need to work on; but let's keep that our little secret! ;) SHHHHH!!!!
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