I've gotten tons of questions about Buddy- our class mascot, so I figured i'd share a little bit about him! 
Just to clarify, Buddy the mascot is not a real pet. 😂 I bought him at Ikea, but you can find the same one on Amazon.
Click here to get yourself a Buddy Mascot.
My students know how obsessed I am with my real dog, Buddy. I have a photo of Buddy posted on my Teacher Corner and I introduced him as our class mascot on the first day of school.
I decided to get a stuffed animal version of Buddy and use him as a class incentive. Every Friday, one kiddo gets chosen to take Buddy home and spend time with him over the weekend. 
If I catch a kiddo being extra good during the week, they may earn a Mascot Raffle Ticket. This enters them into the drawing on Friday to see who gets to take the class mascot home. 
Kiddos are able to earn multiple raffle tickets throughout the week. The more tickets they earn, the higher the chance! 

I also let kiddos take him home when it's their birthday. Sometimes i'll just decide who takes him home based on my teacher judgement. You decide what works best for your class!
Buddy hangs out in the library during the school day. The kiddos are allowed to grab him whenever they're reading a book. Buddy LOVES hearing stories-- he especially likes the suspense that chapter books leave at the end of each chapter. (Catch my drift? 😉) 

So, when they do take Buddy home they know they have to read to him or he'll end up getting homesick.

They log their adventures in the "Mascot Journal". They can write all about their weekend with Buddy or make up a fictional story about 'Buddy's Adventures'.

You can grab all of the mascot resources for FREE by clicking below! I have also included a simple 'Mascot Template' which can be used for any class mascot. (Doesn't have to be a dog!)

My students are in third grade and they are obsessed with our mascot. I hope your students enjoy this incentive as much as mine do! Classroom Management #win !

The holidays are officially over and it's back to school time. #cuethetears Yes, going back to work is definitely bitter sweet. I'm going to miss the comfort of just hanging out at home. However, I miss my kiddos and am ready to plan out all the winter activities for the month of January. 
Since I live in South Florida and winter isn't really a 'thing' here, I try my very best to include winter-related activities throughout the month of January and February. 
Today i'm sharing 10 winter freebies with you all! 

1.Winter Multiplication Memory by Games 4 Gains
Your kiddos will practice their fours and fives facts by matching the equation with its array and product.

Differentiate your winter-themed centers with these mini books and activities geared towards k-3rd grade. 

3. Common & Proper Noun Snowflake Sort by Sweet Tooth Teaching
 Noun Matching Game
Add this common and proper noun snowflake matching game to your grammar or word work center!
4. Winter Writing Prompt Calendar by Write Shop
Use these creative daily writing prompts for morning work, early finishers, or homework! 
5. Number Representation Snowman by The Stem Laboratory
 Number Representation Snowmen
Print and laminate these colorful snowmen and use as a math center game! 

6. Sneezy the Snowman Readaloud Kit by The Teacher Bag 
Use these engaging printable with 'Sneezy the Snowman' read aloud. 
7. Race to the Snowman Chart Game by Around the Kampfire
 Free Winter Math Center

Spice up your math centers with these fun number charts! They can be used to practice skip counting, addition, subtractions, or patterns.
8. Addition & Subtraction Math Center by Lucky Little Learners
 Winter Math Center
Have students solve each addition and subtraction equation and decide whether the sum/difference is true or false. Perfect addition to your math centers!

 Snowman Writing Prompts & Craft
Spark some creativity with these adorable snowman writing prompts!

Create any math or literacy game you wish with these editable board game templates! (Tons of other templates available on the site)

I hope these winter freebies are useful! 💛
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