Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Made It #5 - Pot of Gold

Here it is, Monday again!  Which means I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics and showing off my newest creation.  I actually made quite a few things this past week but my upcoming schedule is pretty full so I'm going to save them for the weeks to come (just in case I can't make anything).

My Monday Made It this week is inspired by a lot of things actually.  First was the cute lollipop tree that I've seen on Pinterest.  When kids do a great job they get to pick one from the tree and some special lollipops have the bottom of their stick colored which gets them an extra special treat.  I know a lot of primary grades do this and I wasn't sure how my bigger kids would go for the lollipop and what my extra treat would be, but I loved the concept!  Okay, that was number one.  Second inspiration: My kids last year got so excited whenever we pulled out my phone to use an app, time each other, etc. (I so wish I could get an IPAD!) that I wanted to incorporate a little more technology into our classroom.  And the final inspiration for this week's project is my heritage and how the kids responded to it last year.  I'm part Irish (in case that glaring bright white skin didn't give it away) and for some reason the kids were all over that last year.  They loved it!  I think they really just all loved finding out each other's cultures but one student in my class dubbed me "Tirishcan" = Texan Irish American.  I can't even make that up if I tried, lol.  So thus, you add those three inspirations together and you get "Pot of Gold," my motivational incentive!

I snagged my witch's pot from Halloween, made a cute little tag and tied it off with raffia around the brim and I've got myself a pot.  Now for the gold part.  I had about 40 bottle caps and spray painted them gold.  I recommend spraying close and only one coat or the color tends to dull, although that could have just been my paint.  Then you figure out your rewards.  Here are some that I did:

$5, $10, $25, $50 Classroom Cash
No homework pass
Free pencil
Free candy
Free snack
5 extra credit points
Pick your chair for next class
Lunch with a friend
Pick a book for our next literature circle
Computer Time
Add 50 class points
Pick an item from the treasure chest

I turned those rewards into QR Codes by going to the website Qurify and typing them into it's QR Code generator.  You can save the code as a picture, print it off, or just copy!  For those of you who don't know what a QR Code is, it's that box that looks like a messed up bar code and you can scan them with your phone and it takes you to a site, or in our case pulls up a reward message.  I printed them off on Avery's 3/4" Circle Stickers and used their template off line.

When my kids are going above and beyond they can pick a piece of gold from the pot and at the end of class we will scan it and let them get their reward.  You can put the gold back for another "lucky" student when finished!  Some of the easier ones, like pencil or candy, have about 5-6 bottle caps, whereas $50 Classroom Cash has only one bottle cap.

I have a lot more bottle caps and plan to make some math stations with them.  Maybe multiplication or division with the problem on the top of the cap and you'll have to scan underneath to get the answer.  Or possibly putting fractions in order from least to greatest and you have to scan to see if it is correct.  Who knows?!  The possibilities are endless...  What would you do with them?



  1. I am so excited that I found you on Fourth Grade Frolics! I am a fellow 5th grade teacher preparing to start my third year of teaching. I'm a new follower! :)

  2. I love this idea! I now have a goal to start saving bottle caps. :)

  3. Um, I LOVE this idea! I think even littles can get excited about scanning the QR code with a phone/iPad. I will definitely bookmark this and store the idea away for this next year! It beats stocking a "treasure chest" full of little fast food restaurant toys!

    Miss A's Kindergarten

  4. Sabra! What an adorable and cute idea!!! So creative and cute and I am totally sure motivational for the kids:) Thanks so much for sharing:)) And for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  5. Such a cool idea. I totally want to reemember this.
    The Idea Backpack

  6. This is great, I love the award ideas. Thanks for sharing.


  7. Ummmm...excuse me! I think I should get a plug for supplying the bottle caps! At least all that diet coke consumption has some perks!

    Aaaaannnnnddddd....I'm totally doing this.

  8. Haha, thank you Amanda for the bottle caps! I didn't know if you wanted your name published, so now that I do it will be all over the place (and probably in Comic Sans)!

  9. That's a cool idea. I’m your newest follower. Please check out my blog if you get a chance Calling Plays in 2nd Grade.
    Thanks, Shanell

  10. Love this!! thanks for sharing!!! I can't wait to add this to our repertoire of rewards!