Update: Oh Snap! A Reading Incentive Program

Rewind…Last summer, I shared a reading incentive program that I like to call “Oh Snap!” If you would like to check out the original post with a detailed description, you can do just that right HERE! If not, you will get the 411 if you keep reading. AND…If you have already purchased this unit…scroll below for updates!

Raise your hand if you will do just about AN.Y.THING to get those kiddos of yours reading! Be careful what you wish for…



{At the end of last year, I received 14 pies in my face! Let’s just say I am still having a difficult time being around whipped cream! This is one reward that I used as part of my Oh Snap Incentive Program!}

Last year, I implemented a new reading incentive program called “Oh SNAP!” The students worked hard to earn points for a variety of things that were centered around all things reading!  Each nine weeks, we had a reading celebration where the students redeemed their points for some fabulous prizes…such as a pie…in MY face! Anything in the name of reading…right? Not only was this method motivational for the kids, it was also super easy to track! Love pressing that easy button! 

Last summer, after seeing all of the ideas swirling around Pinterest, I knew that I wanted to track points in a way that directly involved the students! I saw this idea and couldn’t resist! (I can’t remember where the original idea came from, so if you were the brilliant mind behind the ribbons, let me know!) As the students would complete reading logs, earn A.R. points, complete reading responses, etc., they would earn Oh Snap Points.


The students would take their points into the hallway and clip them onto their ribbon. They love watching their points grow! It definitely left them wanting more!



At the end of a 9 week period, the kids would calculate their totals and redeem their points. In class, I would hold a reading celebration and reward students with certificates for their achievements. Then, the following week, we would have scheduled “events” and the students who had earned enough points would be able to receive the reward or participate in the activity. I would have to say our two favorites were pajama day and of course…the pie!


If you are looking for a way to encourage your students to become enthusiastic readers, you can check this unit out on TPT. Oh Snap includes 159 pages of resources to get your kids excited about reading and is perfect for any grade level. Here is a look:


Updates: More Black and White Options!!!! {I heard a few PTLs!} and this can be purchased as a PDF file or a customizable PowerPoint document so that you can personalize rewards, student tags, points/rewards lists and more!

You can check them both out on TPT right now!





{Note: if you have already purchased this unit, you can go to TPT and download the updated version. This version will be customizable!}

I will definitely be using this again this year and can’t wait to watch my students become effective and enthusiastic readers!

Also…don’t forget…the sale was extended until tonight at 11:59! Check out some of my seasonal units in the post below!

Christmas In July 

I have been in my classroom this evening and I am loving the progress! Here is a little picture until the big reveal! ;)


Hope you are having a great week!


  1. Oh.my.gosh, Hope, I LOVE that you got a pie in your face for your kids!! They must absolutely love you!

    So fun :)

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  2. I bet your students LOVE LOVE LOVE you! What a great incentive. I love your rock and roll picture..Can't wait to see the big reveal!
    The Hive

  3. You are just awesome! I love that Rock and Roll sign!

  4. Great fun!! I may have to try the pie-in-the-face thing too! Come on over and check out my giveaways!

    Timeouts and Tootsie Rolls

  5. Can't wait to see your classroom!


  6. I'm putting this on my wishlist! What an awesome incentive program! Love it! =O)

    One Happy Teacher

  7. Hope,
    I have that EXACT same sign hanging in my "First Grade Rocks!" classroom!! Can hardly wait to see your pics!!

  8. I have been printing mine off all week. Just a note since I use a lot of ink! I did screen shots of the points pages so I could take off the colored borders. I am so glad you have pictures of your setup. I have the ribbons up from last year, so it was nice to see how you attached the points!

    1. I took off all of the colored borders! Hopefully after the updates, the unit is a littler more ink friendly! ;)

  9. Your reading incentive looks amazing! I bet your students just LOVE you!

    I can't wait to see how your room turns out! Suspense is building!

  10. haha I love the "oh, snap" idea! Especially with the pie-in-the-face award! You're such a good sport! I've nominated you for an award! Head over to my blog when you get a chance to pick it up!

    Delightfully Dunn

  11. I am absolutely loving your rock n roll board. Did you make or buy that super cool decoration?

  12. WOW. I love this! I am going to go check it out know!! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Love your second grade blog!!! I am learning more about the blogging world and love finding talented, creative teachers to follow! I also love your items on tpt. I have purchased many and my kiddos enjoy them so much (me too)!!!

    If you get a chance come visit my blog http://funinsecondgrade.blogspot.com/ :)

  14. Resons why incentive programs are implemented is for the company to improve communication between the different co-workers and levels of management. also ensure that when a problem comes up, the company as a whole is more inclined to address the issue. especially when workers are too concerned with what others will think of them or how others will react that they may try to fix the problem on their own and end up doing more harm than good.

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