We use a mini-economy model for motivation and behavior modification.
In fourth grade, one of our social studies units is personal economics. All the classes participate in our mini-economy. Every student has a "job" in the classroom. The students apply for their jobs and perform those for a marking period. Students get paid once a month for performing their assigned tasks. In addition to normal salary, students also have the opportunity to earn mini-economy dollars for going above and beyond expectations. The class may be given "class earnings" for compliments received by other teachers/adults in the building or above and beyond behavior by the whole class. Students may also lose mini-economy dollars or be "fined". Fines will be determined by the situation.
We have store periodically where the students can spend some of their mini-economy dollars. They can also save up for a big event called Mall Day which happens twice a year. This is where they can do some major shopping/spending.
...is a blast!
There are 6 activities/locations students can select from during the time period.
- salon/photo studio - nails, hair paint, feathers, temp. tattoos, photo area with fun props $5 each
- movie theater - short video with drink, popcorn and small candy $20 admission
- arcade - Wii stations all around the room with sports and dance games $20 admission
- craft corner - various crafts for the kids to make and take $5 each
- science center - activities with fun wow factor $20 admission
- computer lab- free time on computers (school appropriate of course) $10
|just to give you an idea of scheduled activities|
|fall photo shoot - fourth grade teachers won't be left out|
|spring photo shoot - Good Day Atlanta's Transportation Reporter joins in the fun|
even our principal gets a feather put in
|looks like a spark to me :-)|
|oops I forgot to include this so I'm updating :-)|
This definitely takes some parent volunteers to help with the fun day as well as send in some of the items. The first year we had a parent coordinate the whole thing but this year Courtney took the stuff from the previous year and adjusted it so we were ready to go.