Unlock the Magic Update & a FREEBIE! #studentmotivation

If you read my first Unlock the Magic post (FIND IT HERE), here is a little update and a freebie! Plus you get a little peek at my first Unlock the magic ceremony from this past Friday. 

Many of you may have already watched my Unlock the Magic Periscope that I posted several months ago to my blog. I am so excited about this little reward system that I created after years of watching The Price is Right. Here is a quick little video about how the reward system works: 

Last Friday, we had our very first Unlock the Magic ceremony for the month of September. The kids worked so hard to earn keys all month long. Here is a look at the celebration going down...

I will have 12 5th and 6th graders joining me on our first reward trip which I will announce on Monday. :) 

This is super easy to create and use. In short, the kids earn keys {paper keys} throughout the month for different behaviors and achievements. At the end of each month, we have a key ceremony where the students will receive their actual key and have a chance at unlocking their lock. If that lock opens, they get to attend that months reward trip. 

In the video, I gave tons of suggestions for how to recreate this project. The keys can be a little tricky...so pay close attention to that part. 

And remember...reward trips do not have to be super expensive, but it is a great way to build relationships with your students outside the four walls of your classroom. If you can make it work...I HIGHLY recommend it. Watch the video for some ideas of inexpensive reward trips! 

This is where I house all of my keys. It is simply a cute storage container from Hobby Lobby that I painted to match my locks. 

A little key update: I DO NOT give the students an actual key when they earn one in the classroom. I would be replacing keys every single month. Instead, I give them a paper key that they have to redeem at the ceremony for their actual key that could potentially unlock one of our locks. I have created a little freebie that I just uploaded to my TPT shop. It contains all of the keys that you will need. A few suggestions: 

a) I print the keys on cardstock paper. I have the students write their name on the back of their key in pen and hang tight until the ceremony. 

b) Each month, I print a set with a different colored background. No sneaky business here! Lol! You can download the freebie by clicking on the image below. 

That's it y'all! That's really it. How will you unlock the magic in your classroom this year? 

I will be back some more over the next few days to share ideas for these two things just in case you missed the periscopes! :)  

Hope y'all are having a great weekend! 

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