Saturday, December 6, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Class Vending Machine

 Presenting my newest addition to my classroom...
I got this idea about a month ago while we were at a soccer tournament. All the kids went crazy over the vending machines in the restaurant we ate at. We must've spent $10 on plastic football helmets!
So, I thought I need have to have one for my classroom! One of my parents found a brand new one on Craigslist and donated it to our class! (BIG thank you!). I purchased the capsules on Amazon and they also sell the vending machine. Click here and here.
 I purchased the machine that holds the 2" capsules. They can hold small prizes like cap erasers, rubber bracelets, stickers, etc. I filled most of them will prize slips and Scan to Win Tickets. The Scan to Win Tickets make it like winning twice!
 These two ladies were excited with their big win! Chew gum all day?? That's fun! My other student won "your choice", she chose to eat lunch with me! So sweet! :)
I'm keeping my vending machine SPECIAL! I had a few winners when I first introduced our newest addition, but they don't get prizes every day. I don't have an "official' plan for using it yet, which keeps them on their toes in anticipation. I'm thinking of random things like effort, selfless acts of kindness, most Reading Counts points in a week, a raffle, etc.

There's a piece to take out of the machine so it doesn't need quarters, you just spin it. However, I think if I brought a roll of quarters to rotate through that would be fun too!

After they open the prizes, I collect the capsules to reuse them. Once you purchase the capsules and machine, you'll have it forever! It's an initial investment, but you can fill it with donations or prize slips that are free to you: use pen all day, sit next to a friend, eat lunch with a friend, sit in a special chair, free answer on an assignment, etc.
This machine is causing lots of excitement in our class and is very motivating!
I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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  1. Wow - this is such a fun idea!! You are right the possibilities are endless. I don't even know how you have room for all of your amazing things!!

  2. I LOVE this idea! I wonder if I could connect this to my ticket system - maybe kids could trade tickets for a trip to the vending machine instead of putting them in the raffle? Hmmm....

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  3. love that idea!!!

    My own children suck us dry when they see those. Last week, I spent $5 trying NOT to get a "girl" bouncy ball for my youngest. We now have FOUR Wonder Woman bouncy balls and ONE Joker ball. CRAZINESS!!!

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  4. What a fun idea! I bet the kids LOVE going to the machine. I can see that working for upper age kids, too. Love it!

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  5. I want you to be my teacher. <3

  6. This is amazing.

  7. How fun! East Coast Vending Supply has great prices on the little toys that you often find in the restaurants. A few of us from our school get together to order a variety and we split the cost. :)

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  8. I want to be a student in your class!! They are lucky to have you, Joanne. You are so creative!! :))

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  9. OMG! I absolutely love this idea. My head is spinning with all the possibilities. Thank you so much for sharing.

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