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Counting Tickets (Token Economy)
Submitted by: Amanda Post

I have used tickets in my kindergarten classroom, but only did it for one year. I didn't use it as the behavior management system, but it did provide a way to reward students for good behavior and hard work (without going overboard).

  1. Use different colored tickets to represent 1s, 5s, 10s (I used the tickets that you can get on a big roll.. They come in colors like blue, red and yellow.)
  2. Blue tickets are equal to 1, red tickets are 5, and yellow tickets are 10
  3. Each morning when the students came in they were to count their tickets.
  4. The first day we did this they counted 0 tickets. I would ask, "What is 0 + 1?" as I gave them a blue ticket. The student would see that the answer is 1.
  5. I gave each child a tin can covered in contact paper in which to keep their tickets. Each day they would dump out the can and count the tickets. To earn 1 more, they had to recite the math problem telling how many they have plus the one they would earn. 2 + 1 = 3.
  6. As they progressed, they could trade in 5 blue tickets for 1 red ticket, or 10 blue tickets for 1 yellow ticket, etc. This gave them lots of practice with counting, one to one correspondence, simple addition, etc.
  7. They could also earn extra tickets at other times of the day (but they didn't count them until the next morning.)
  8. I had an assortment of inexpensive toys in boxes labeled with how much they cost. For instance, stickers cost 1 ticket, little plastic dinosaurs were 10, etc. For 50 tickets, they could be "kid teacher." That meant they could help me lead calendar time, point to words, keep the kids quiet, etc. The kids really liked this. The more intangible items the better for you (saves $).. for instance, getting a bean bag to lay on at rest time was 25 tickets That was another popular one!



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