We have a great deal for you.....BRAG TAGS. If you have not tried these in your classroom I suggest you do it pronto. Students love to earn them and as a teacher I love to give them because they are so very cheap to implement in your room. In fact, they are going to be ~~~ $1 ~~~ for the next three days (July 11,12,13). Now is the perfect time to get your tags printed/laminated/hole punched right before you get your new class!
In 4th graders I have seen the positive effects of using brag tags, they are definitely not 'too cool' for it. I don't know about you but I am constantly spending $$money$$ on my little nuggets; candy, pop, pencils, pens, treasure chest goodies, cuties, sidewalk chalk, recess balls, Ikea book boxes, glitter glue....seriously, the list is always growing. I love giving AR rewards, I really, truly do! butttttttt.....my wallet does not!
In our rooms we print on card stock and laminate them so they last a little longer. We do not allow our students to keep the tags~they only get to brag for a day;) Birthdays are a big deal so students get to keep their birthday brag on a take home string instead of the lanyard that we normally pass out.