I have missed doing fun, educational activities with my students. Now we are in the period of drill and test practice. To combat this, I have started Fun Fridays.
Fun Fridays are earned when students stay on a "good" color for the week. If they are on green or yellow (our warning color), then students can participate on Friday. Each week, I will come up with a new activity. The first week was Marshmallow Towers. Last week, we made Synonym Cinnamon Rolls.
I must admit, I was really mean and only let 6 students participate our first week. I told the students that they are third graders going to be fourth graders and needed to act like it. Therefore, I was really tough on flipping the cards. The activity was a huge incentive. For our second week, 13 students were able to participate. Students are already excited about next Friday. I am still working out the details but I know it is going to be snow related. Whatever, the activity is, it will be educational (although the students just think it's fun).