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My students absolutely LOVE these Classroom Management Games!  I thought back to the beginning of the year and made a list of some of the most common behaviors that students need help with at the start of school.  It's usually fairly consistent from year to year.  These games target those behaviors while positively reinforcing students meeting your expectations.  These games are played as a whole group and end with some sort of reward.

I print the games on cardstock and laminate them.  I use Velcro dots to attach the game pieces to the game boards. 

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The first game focuses on blurting out.  This one is a difficult one at first for students, because they have been at home all summer and aren't as used to waiting to speak or raising their hand.  I used the game of BUMP to work on the blurting issue.  When students blurt out, the teacher gets to add a game piece to the board.  When a student raises their hand or waits their turn to speak, that student gets to add a game piece to the board.  The first with four in a row wins!  Don't forget that you can bump each other off the board!  I have included a list of mostly free prize ideas in the resource.

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I think this one is so cute!  It's time to get ON BOARD the ON TASK BUS!  I know it's cheesy, but I love it!  The bus starts out empty.  When the class is on task during an assignment or activity, they get to put a kid on the bus.  When the bus is full, they win an award.

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Some years, tattling is a problem, and then other years, it's not.  But sometimes it starts to happen later in the year, so this game (like all the others) might be good to pull out later on in the year, as well.  This is played like traditional Tic Tac Toe.  When students tattle, the teacher gets to add an X to the game board.  When the teacher see students problem solving on their own, they get to add an O to the game board.  The first with three in a row wins!

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We talk a lot about making smart choices those first weeks of school.  This is a good vs. poor choices game that will help students think about their choices and the power that they hold.  

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It's important to get your students involved in taking care of their classroom.  To encourage picking up after oneself and putting things where they belong, students play this whole group game, Cleanup Showdown.  When you catch a student cleaning up or picking something up for someone else, add a crayon to the bucket.  When the bucket contains all seven crayons, the students win the game.

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This last one is great for building community in your classroom.  Choose a focus behavior for the game, such as using kind words, complimenting others, helping friends, etc.  When students are exhibiting that behavior, add a heart game piece to the kind side of the chart.  When someone does something that is not kind, add a heart to the other side.  If the kind side outweighs the not kind side by the end of the day or class period, the class wins the game.

If you are interested in playing these games with your students, click any of the photos to check the resource out.  I am making these for the entire year, so I hope they will help you and your students as your are establishing your classroom community.  I hope you have a great school year!

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