Category Archives: grade levels

10 pt / 20 pt / 30 pt and 50 pt CLUB MAGNETS

IMG_0444Before the winter break, the library started a student behavior chart for every child at SOUTH SALEM ELEMENTARY. The chart was created to help students self monitor their own behavior throughout the time they were in the library. Each day students attend the library, grades 3-5 have an opportunity to earn 12 points by exhibiting positive behavior, while grades K-2 have an opportunity to earn 3 points.

Once students in grades 3- 5 reach 20 points, which usually happens every three visits to the library, they will receive a magnet. Students will receive another magnet when they reach 50 points. Once we have a student or students reach 50 points, everyone’s score in the specific class will go back to zero, and we will start again. The same occurs with grades K-2, but with students receiving magnets at 10 and 30.

The goal is for students to be aware of their behaviors and how the directly effect or indirectly effect others in the library. Students can award themselves 1 pt, and I, the teacher, can award them 2 pts. Students can also give themselves negative marks, and I can do the same.

If you have other questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact me at dharrell@salem.k12.va.us.

Challenge Yourself

In the past, students used a template to help answer questions about specific books, but now that the school year is almost halfway completed, students are being ask to give describe a book WITHOUT the template.

The goal is for the students to recall as much information from the book, as well as figure out a way to “sell” the books to others. When this occurs, there will be mistakes, but sometimes learning is dictated by mistakes.