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June 25, 2015

Toss the Tickets, Keep the Raffle

I had a breakthrough today.  I was making a list of things I had to buy in July to prep for August, and I realized that I really didn't want to spend even more money on those raffle tickets.  I've used them for years... I hand them out and then give out prizes... 

A long time ago the kids would keep their tickets and turn them into our class store (which then I would have to replace both the tickets and the prizes).  I moved to rewards that didn't cost me much - My Sweet Treat Prizes (it's FREE).  It's a collection of activities and opportunities that kids really like to win.    

 Sweet Treat Prizes - Freebie

But I was still dealing with tickets falling out of desks, or becoming lost, etc... So I switched a couple of years ago to doing a weekly raffle on Friday afternoons.  Kids won tickets, turned them into a basket with their name on the back, and I would choose 3 tickets/students to then get to choose a random prize card.  I would dump the tickets from the basket at the end of each month because honestly they are gross after the kids touch them.  

I don't want to buy more tickets that I will then throw away.  

I saw a Bingo board, and started thinking about having kids choose a spot... but I need a lot of spots for the amount of tickets I give out every week.  The whole point is to encourage kids to make good choices!  

So I made a hundreds chart that kids can choose a number and write their class number inside the square.  It's big enough for initials or small names, but my class will be using their classroom numbers.  I copied the set (one per week) on colored paper so I can stick it on my whiteboard and it's a constant reminder that won't blend into the background.  Easy classroom management tool, easy reward system, and doesn't take up a lot of room.  

I was thinking of making up popsicle sticks to choose the random numbers, but over on IG @starqz3 mentioned using the random number generator app. to easily choose.  Less work for me!  

Grab it from Google Docs!  Hope this helps.  :)  


  1. What an awesome idea! This will be very helpful in my 6th grade classroom next year. Thank you!
    The Learning Effect

  2. I love this idea. It should serve as a reminder to us, as teachers, to try to fill the board each week and look for good behavior!

  3. Can you tell me what prizes you use? I always struggle with this as I don't have a lot of money to spend. Thanks!

  4. I really like this idea! Last year I handed out tickets that my students turned in for tangible prizes, but I really got tired of hearing how I either didn't have anything good or that another student just bought the last item that they wanted. I'm thinking this would be the way to go!

    Teaching Special Kids

  5. I love this idea! I already have a "Privileges" system in place. I can use this to improve my system.
    Thank you,
    Artistry of Education

  6. Great idea! I do stuff with tickets too....and I hate wasting the paper!

    Mind Sparks

  7. I love this idea. I started doing raffles this year and I cut out the kids names on small strips of paper. Put them in each in their own pocket and had a cup where I put their names in when I caught them being good. At the end of the week, I would pull 3 or 4 names and then put the names back for the next week. No kids touching them at all.

  8. This is a great idea! Thanks for the freebie. I am planning on laminating it so I can reuse the same one over and over again.

    1. Another idea: If it is a great week and we fill the chart before Friday, the kids can put their number in a box that has one other number. If I call that number, two kids win! Simple and easy to use idea!! Thank you!


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