And the best part?
Kids LOVE it! They think it’s awesome.
Kids love it so much that when I forget, they remind me. Seriously.
So here’s how it works.
When it’s time to clean up, you pick a piece of trash on the floor and announce that you have chosen the “magic piece of trash”. It can big or small. To really make your kids work (especially when it’s super messy), pick a piece of trash that’s really tiny or hidden.
Then you say “go” and all the kids work to find the “magic piece of trash”. They will get on their hands and knees to find it. It’s awesome just to sit back and watch them clean your room.
I always watch to see who picks up the magic piece. Otherwise you’ll have 20+ students coming up to you showing you their pieces of trash. I’ll admit that sometimes I don’t see who picks up the magic piece, so I’ll have to look at their trash.
The winner in my classroom got Star Bucks. I would give away a random number of Star Bucks…6, 9, 23 (if the piece of trash was hidden). They LOVED it!
You could use whatever classroom management system you use in your classroom…tickets, classroom cash, etc.
Let me know how it works!