First Grade Goals and Awards FREEBIE

We all know as teachers that the standards drive our instruction, but getting our students excited to master these skills is half the battle.  

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Some kiddos don't come to school ready and excited to learn each day, and I am always racking my brain on how to get them anxious and eager to master these necessary goals.

Sometimes I'll ask a student, "Why are we learning this today?" and if I get a shrug, or an "I dunno," then I know I need to step up my game and make this real and engaging for them!

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Each kiddo will get a chart with their name on it.  

As they master a skill, they get to color the star in that box and I fill out an award for that goal with their name on it.  The bigger of a deal I make of it, the more excited they will be (and harder they will work) to earn each square.

This chart is FREE in our exclusive freebie library.

The complete kit also comes with so much more including editable charts, BW charts, a variety of awards, classroom poster, letter home to parents and more!

If you prefer, I also made the chart in black and white.

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Each time they master a new skill, I quickly fill out an award, the class cheers for them and they can color the star on their chart.  Easy, quick and fantastic motivation to get my students to want to master these skills.

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The charts are editable too!

If you students and families speak a different language, you can translate the charts to a different language, or simply just change the wording as you like!

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Even better, I am going to send a letter to get my parents involved!

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I send home an additional goal chart with their child's name to keep on the fridge or in a safe place with a letter explaining how this goal sheet works.  This is an awesome running record for parents to see exactly what their child has mastered, and they still need to work on.

The letters come in both color and BW.  You can use the letter I wrote, or you can edit the letter to add your name, date and own details.  Simply edit the PDF using Adobe 11 Reader (editing directions are included and it is super easy to do!)

When their student brings home an award from school for mastering a goal, they can then color in the star at home too! Kids are just beaming with pride to show off all that they have learned with their little awards.

Super easy - all the work is done for you!

All you have to do is decide how to display student goal sheets.

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Also included is a JUMBO classroom poster in the color version.  It is sized as a 16x20 JPG file you can print at a photo center.

You can grab the complete kit if you're ready to implement this incentive in your classroom.

PLEASE NOTE: not ALL first grade common core standards are listed on this chart.  I combed through the CCSS standards and I chose 20 BIG goals I want my students to really master before they head off to second grade.

I'll try to post pics soon, but hanging their charts on a bulletin board with clipboards works well, or in page protectors.  This makes it easy for students to go and grab their chart when they need to, and its always on display so students can see who is working hard on coloring all their stars!

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Grab this entire first grade kit HERE

The chart itself is FREE in our Exclusive Freebie Library!

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Simply sign up and access it right away at the very bottom of this page.