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Reward Party Ideas for Elementary Students

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Whether your students have been exhibiting good behavior or great academic work, you might want to reward them. This lesson offers unique ideas for reward parties for elementary-aged students.

The Art of the Reward Party

Have you been using a behavior management system with your class? Maybe they have been working really hard towards a particular reward. One thing that students often love is a good party. Parties are a great way to celebrate community effort, since almost everyone benefits from them equally and all students can find their own way to enjoy a party. At the same time, as a teacher you do not want parties to get wild or out of hand. You want to find strategies for honoring students' strong behavior without causing overstimulation and a return to poor behaviors. The reward party ideas in this lesson are oriented toward offering unique and original ways that you can help students celebrate their good behavior as a class.

Different Kinds of Reward Parties

Pajama Party

Elementary school children tend to love the opportunity to come to school in their pajamas. If you are having a pajama party, let students wear their coziest sleepy-time gear. Get into the spirit by wearing pajamas or a bathrobe yourself! Encourage students to bring stuffed animals, and show them a movie, let them eat popcorn, or play fun slumber party games like Operator together. The party might be at the end of the day, but students can wear pajamas all day long.

Board Game Party

How often do you get a chance to play different kinds of board games with your students? Not only will they love the opportunity to play board games in school, but you will probably get to see them from a different point of view as they show you their favorite games and strategies. Let students bring in games from home to share with classmates, and make sure everyone gets a chance to try a board game they have never played before.

Dance Party

So many elementary school children love music and dancing! This kind of party works best in the gym, but you can also move furniture to dance safely in your classroom. Create a playlist based on songs your students love. Make some simple rules, such as no one can make fun of someone else's dancing, everyone has to try dancing to at least two different songs, and body movements have to be safe. Then, spend half an hour or so laughing and dancing alongside your class!

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