Great Classroom Reward ideas From the Kids

Today I was teaching a cooperative learning structure called  "Jot Thoughts" .  This structure focuses on brain storming and is a great way to get kids working together in coming up with ideas.  

Prior to the lesson you will need a large stack of slips of paper for each group.

Step 1: Announce the topic  to the class, and set a time limit.

Step 2: Students write one idea per slip of paper, and read it out-loud to their group and place it on the table. then grab another piece of paper to write another idea.

Step 3: At the end of their time I like to do some type of organizing for the ideas they generated.

My focus was ideas for rewards that I could give the class when they did something well.  The students came up with many great and some not so great ideas.  After the brainstorm I had them sort their ideas by cost.  It turned out to be fun for the kids, and it was very interesting to listen to them discuss what they thought things would cost.  I decided that I would share some of the suggestions that were created from this activity



  • Wii Party
  • Extra Recess
  • No Homework
  • Tickets
  • Story Time
  • Paper for drawing
  • Video Game Party
  • Skip Math
  • Dance Party
  • Karaoke Party
  • Tokens
  • PJ Day
  • No Science
  • Move Desks
  • iPad Time
  • Marbles Game
  • Reduced Assignments
  • Rocks
  • TV Time
  • Movies


  • Ice Cream Party
  • Root beer floats
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Binders
  • Toys (Treasure chest)
  • Candy
  • Soda
  • PowerAde
  • Fruit
  • Waffle or Pancake Party
  • Smoothies
  • Ball
  • Cookie
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Markers
  • Bubble Gum
  • Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
  • Hot Dog Party
  • Slap bracelet

A Little More Pricey

  • Pizza Party
  • Sandwiches
  • Shirt
  • Back Packs
  • Giant Candy Bars
  • Hamburger Party
  • Field Trips
  • Water Bottles
  • Marbles
  • Rulers
  • Field Trip

A few things that didn’t make the cut

  • Unlimited Cookies
  • A $100 bill
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Never Ending Soda (Soda Fountain)
  • Captain Pooch with Captain Steed (yea, I don’t know either)
  • Chickens
  • Cow
  • Doggy
  • Doghouse
  • X-Box
  • iPod
  • Car
  • Light Saber
  • A Wall