First, tape this to every one's desk. If you switch classes, put it on their notebook. When you catch someone doing something good, initial a light bulb. I tell mine they have to have all 9 in order to get to eat at our Christmas party. Shhh... they'll all get to eat, but they sure are proud to think they worked for it! I guess you could cross one off each time they were bad, but that's not something I want to keep up with. :)
Second, the fastest game you'll ever make. I wanted to review thermal energy and magnets today so I wiped the dust off the textbooks and turned to page 122. Those practice CRCT questions came in handy! Type up and clip apart A-D and stuff in an envelope. They got "toe to toe"--that's how I pair them...they always get so preoccupied with looking for empty feet that they don't fuss about who they work with. Each pair got a set of letter cards and would read the question and then hold their answer covered up in their hand. I checked, they tossed a ball through a basketball goal from Dollar Tree and all was right with the world. I spend 3.5 hours working on thermal energy Jeopardy and they want to throw a wad of paper at the trash can. Go figure! I wasn't knocking it because they were focused and reviewing/extending concepts and it was smooth sailing!
What tricks do you have up your sleeve for these final few days of 2012?