Spark Student Motivation:Countdown

I don't know about you, but my kiddos always have so much more energy and excitement this time of year! So my philosophy on this it to EMBRACE it!  

I created a countdown to Christmas/Winter Break!
(After I made it, I realized my countdown was backwards!  LOL!)

It's a muffin tin that is filled with little papers that have an "extra" thing to do for each day.  Some things are simple.  Some things aren't really "extra" like Day 12 is our party on the last day.  One day is making ornaments for their parents.  Mostly things I would normally do, but the kiddos think it's extra special!  
It's a lot of fun and after finding Rocky, our elf, it's the first thing they ask about in the morning!

**Update**
Since this post, I have created another post with several ideas for implementing this into your classroom.  I've also created a free printable to go with it.  Check out the new post here!
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11 comments

  1. Great idea, thanks for sharing!!!

    Jamie

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  2. Love the idea! I'm doing something very similiar with an advent calendar that a friend gave me. The kids love seeing what "we're working for" each day!

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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  3. I love this idea...I'm going to need to do this for my kiddos. We only have 10 days left, but I can make it work! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Cute idea I think I will try to work into my science classroom with my kiddos in k-5. They could each pick one when they come in for the last week before Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Renee at the Science School Yard

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  5. I absolutely love this idea! I might even do this at home with my girls!
    ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

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  6. I love this idea for my own children!!!!

    What a great incentive!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Elizabeth
    Hodges Herald

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  7. Ooh la la...I likey this idea! I have been doing a gift a day. I might try your way leading up to our state testing. They seem to really get squirrely right before. :)
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  8. This is such a fun idea! I can only imagine how excited your kiddos are to see what the activity is every day. If I could plan that far ahead, this would work awesomely for me! :)

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  9. This is a great idea for school and home. Thank you!

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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  10. OMG Rachel! This is the cutest idea! Very motivating and a great way to keep your students looking forward to a "treat". I'm so glad you shared and linked up! Have a super week!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  11. How fun!! This is a fabulous idea. I'm not sure I can pull it off this year, but I'm pinning it for next year!!
    Jivey

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