For YEARS, I was buying cheap, useless trinkets to put in my Treasure Chest because that's what I'd always seen in Treasure Chests. When I came to Las Vegas, however, I taught at a very at-risk school and decided that those kids needed BOOKS more than anything else! So, I started using my bonus points when I had them and also shopping for $1 books through Scholastic. I loaded up my Treasure Chest with awesome and popular books. The kids love it, the parents love it, and it makes me feel like they are getting something useful and long-lasting from their Treasure Chest choice!
So, how do kids get to go to the Treasure Chest? Well, this can really be achieved anyway you prefer, but I do a weekly Friday Free Book Drawing. Kids can earn free book tickets to enter into the drawing throughout the week. I distribute tickets for good behavior, turning in homework, class participation, winning a game, or whatever.
|Free Book Tickets-Apple (click to get them FREE)|
The kids fill in their name and put the ticket in our awesome "furry rainbow box"...previously, it was a "furry blue box", but I changed it up this year...I have WAY too much fun making these things!
Then, on Friday, I have kids come up and draw 2-3 (or sometimes more) winners. I list the winners and the titles of the books they chose in our weekly newsletter. I LOVE keeping the Treasure Chest stocked up...it's not a chore like it used to be when I was always having to run to the store and buy cheap toys!
Definitely worth trying in your classroom if you're tired of stocking up on toys or candy and looking for something more meaningful for your Treasure Chest. You can use raffle tickets or tickets of your own design. I have several sets of tickets for the free book drawings in my store for you, too! They're FREE and themes available include: apple, pencil, superhero, safari, sports, owl, star, and monster!! I print mine on different colors of copy paper, cut, and store in a baggie so they're ready to hand out when I need them. Enjoy and give this a try in your classroom!