of excited children? Simple. I don’t have a fancy trick, and you have probably heard of or used this trick before yourself. But, it is one that I always use, and it keeps the crazies a little less… crazy.
An estimation jar! Yup, simple. It works for every grade! You can use an estimation jar in many ways. You can put a daily surprise inside or a weekly surprise. Either way, the closest estimation wins the contents of the jar. I like to do a daily estimation jar. It reinforces positive behaviors and gives that reminder each day that today could be your day.
I put the jar on my table or nearby. The estimation slips and a container sit next to it. I start strong, giving out estimation slips constantly for positive behavior. Kids learn to quickly make their estimation, fold it, put it in the container, and go back to work so they can earn another. The closer we get to winter break and the more excited they get it get harder to earn a slip, or sometimes easier depending on your class.
Make it work for you….
*Give a range (between 100-200, or less that 350)
*Pick behaviors you want to promote that will earn an estimation slip
*Have the winner set it up for the next day/week
*Start with smaller amounts until they grasp estimating
To make life easy, you can get the estimation slips (color and black & white) I use for free. Click the picture below.
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