10 Whole Group Classroom Management Ideas

Starting the year off right with a strong classroom management plan will play a big part in how your school year will go. Today I'm going to share with you 10 strategies I use for whole group management. 

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.

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From day 1 I introduce non-verbal hand signals in my class. These are used to keep disruptions minimal while teaching. These posters are displayed near the front of my classroom so that students can always see them. They simply hold up a number with their fingers when they need something. If it is an ok time, I simply give them a thumbs up. If I want them to wait until I'm finished and then they can get up, I give them a thumbs sideways. If it is something I do not want them to do then I respond with a thumbs down.

Non-verbal hand signals are the perfect way to help minimize disruptions during your class instruction. This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right.





This strategy is so simple and so effective. The goal is for your students to get more tally marks in a day than the teacher. Simply make a T chart on your board with the words teacher and students. Any time throughout the day that students are working hard and following directions, give them a point.  I like to also have them say a fun saying too. Example: I love how quietly we all got up and walked to our seats. Give yourselves are yee-haw! Then the whole class says yee-haw and throws their arms in the air.

If at anytime they aren't following directions then the teacher gets a point. Example: Our class was very noisy during the hallway a few minute ago. That makes me so sad. I'll say something like whomp, whomp, whomp and the kids have to repeat it while I'm giving myself a tally.

The goal is for the students to have more tally marks than the teacher at the end of the day.

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.


Another option is to use happy and sad faces rather than the words teacher and student. My class was super into emojis last year so I made this poster using them. The concept works the same way. Their goal is to have more tally marks under the happy face rather than the sad face at the end of the day. You can grab these dry erase pockets here.

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.

If they had more tally marks than the teacher then they got to draw a picture card for our #hardwork board.


All through out the day I'm looking for positive behavior to compliment. When I see something worth sharing, I let them pick a number for our #hardwork board! This management system is a great visual incentive for students to work towards a reward. 

I placed a blank board in a plastic sleeve and hung it on our white board with a clip. Print the reward cards and laminate them. Then, write the numbers 1-10 on the back with a marker. 

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.


As you spot positive behavior throughout the day, let a student draw a picture card and place it on the matching number on the #hardwork board. I let students pick 1-2 cards per day. Here are some things I look for when letting them pick a picture. 
1. Sitting quietly on the carpet.
2. Working well with their table groups or partners.
3. Small group behavior
4. Participating
5. Using kind words
6. Hallway behavior 
7. Specials behavior

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.


As more pictures get added the the board, a picture of their reward will start to be revealed. When they fill up their entire board, they get the prize that is featured in the picture.

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.

Some of the other whole group rewards I've done are:
-popcorn day
-lemonade day
-extra recess
-flash light learning
-barefoot day
-pillow day
 These are just a few examples.



I bought these letters from Hobby Lobby that make the word 'noise'. I added magnets to the back so that I could use them on my whiteboard. Anytime the class is too noisy, I remove a letter. If they loose all their letters they have time off of recess or another activity that they get excited about.


This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.



Attention getters or call backs are a big hit in my classroom. These are used when you are wanting to bring the class back together or get their attention. The teacher calls out a silly phrase and your students respond back with a silly phrase.  However the teacher says the phrase, that is how they have to repeat it. For example, if I say "hocus pocus" in a low deep voice, then the students will respond with "everybody focus" in a low deep voice. When finished, they are suppose to be sitting or standing quietly with their eyes on you. Here are some of my favorites. You can click here to grab this free printable

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.


I gave up my treasure box along time ago and switched to reward coupons. My favorite part about these is that they cost me very little money. I also have it set up to where it is completely student ran so that I'm not taking time out of our day to pass out rewards. I use ClassDojo and reward students with points throughout the day. For every ten points, they earn a reward from our coupon book.

I bought a 1.5" binder and inside there are plastic sleeves with the reward titles inside. I put several copies of each reward coupon inside the sleeve.

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.

I also have our notebook divided into sections for each point level. When they hit the next set of 10 points, they come get the binder from the shelf and choose the reward themselves. For example, when they hit 70 points, they can choose from anything behind that label. It's completely student centered and very little prep for me.

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.




I'm always looking for ways to promote kindness in the classroom. I got this idea from my teacher partner several years ago and have loved using it. Have children sit in a circle with their legs out in front of them. Pass around a small object such as a ball or maker. The person holding the object must say a compliment about someone with their legs out. Once done, the person passes the object to the next person and tucks their legs in. This continues until everyone has had a chance to go and allows each child to say a compliment and give a compliment. I like to do this every six weeks or so to remind students how important it is to compliment one another.



Behavior Bingo is another class favorite when it comes to working hard for a reward. When extraordinary behavior is spotted, I'll call on a student to come draw a number for our bingo board.
This is placed in a plastic sheet protector and I use a dry erase marker to circle the number that was drawn. When students complete a full line, they are rewarded.
This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.


I reward my tables with points on ClassDoJo. If you don't use ClassDojo then you could easily give table points with tally marks on your white board. Here is what my table groups looked like. Throughout the day I would give points to groups for various things such as team work and working quietly.



At the end of the week the table with the most points got to use the VIP supplies the following week. This is a caddy that contained special supplies that the other kids were not allowed to use. Here are some ideas that you can include in your VIP caddy.
-special pencils
-mechanical pencils
-smelly markers
-flair pens
-glitter pens
-dry erase markers


The caddy just travels to different tables each week rewarding those with good behavior.

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.


When it comes to transitions and getting my students attention, my wireless doorbell is my favorite! This little thing has over 50 different chimes. You just plug it into an outlet and you are good to go. Whenever we are transitioning from small groups or other times throughout the day, I'll ring the doorbell and the kids know it is time to stop what they are doing and clean up.

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.

This blog post is full of classroom management ideas to help start back to school off right. These strategies are perfect for whole group instruction.

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Classroom management is so important. Come read how I use a wireless doorbell in my classroom to help control transitions.

These whole group classroom management boards are the perfect incentive for my classroom. Come read all about how I use them to control the chaos in my classroom.


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8 Books That Teach Kids About Money

Hi! Welcome to part three of my blog series about teaching money in the primary classroom. Today I'll be sharing 8 books that you can use to tie in literature during your money unit. All books are suitable for primary grades. If you'd like to check out parts 1 and 2 of this series, please click on one of the links below. Be sure to read all the way to the end of this post for an exclusive freebie! 


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This blog post features 8 children's book that you can use to tie in literature to your money unit.

I mentioned this book in part 1 of my money series. This book by Brian Cleary is perfect when it comes to introducing money. It has fun rhymes that are easy for the kids to relate too and shows different ways to make a dollar. 



The Coin Book is one of my favorites to incorporate during our money unit. I referenced it during my reinforcing money post.  This book introduces coin values and shows you different combinations to represent different values. As you read further along into the book the counting coin value increases. 




The Penny Pot is part of the Math Start series by Stuart Murphy. This book provides a real life situations while reinforcing concepts about money. It is an easy book for students to relate too. 


Once Upon a Dime by Nancy Allen talks about a farmer who discovers that money grows on trees at his farm. This fun concept provides a great way for students to make connections while learning about money. 


Lots and Lots of Coins  by Margarette Reid is about a young boy and his dad's coin collection. It shares a lot of fun facts about the history of money.



Who doesn't love National Geographic? Their book titled Everything Money provides amazing photos that teaches children about money from all over the world. 


Pigs will be Pigs is a funny story about a pig family that wants to go out to eat for dinner. This book provides lots of support for counting coins along with some additional practice that can be found in the back of the book. 


Lemonade in Winter is a cute story about two kids who try to sell lemonade during the middle of winter. This story will teach kids about early business skills along with counting quarters. It is a great addition to any money unit. 

If you want to save these books for later, feel free to pin the image below. You can also check out my Math board on Pinterest for more great ideas. 

This blog post features 8 children's book that you can use to tie in literature to your money unit.
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Reinforcing Money in the Primary Classroom

Hi! Welcome to part two of a three part series I'll be doing about teaching money in the primary classroom. Today I'll be discussing ways to reinforce money with mixed coins. If you'd like to check out part 1 of this series that is all about introducing money in the primary classroom, you can click here

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Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


We started out by reading The Coin Book by Roxanne Williams. It is a perfect introduction for reviewing coin values along with counting values of mixed coins. You could also use this book to wrap up a unit too.

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


When we are first starting out with finding the value of mixed coins, I want to make sure I give my kids lots of exposure to manipulating coins. This is where money cups come in. I've blogged about these in the past. Click here to read more about them and grab a  free recording sheet for centers. Money cups are the perfect way to differentiate your instruction. Grab some small containers. I found these with bright lids at Family Dollar for a couple of dollars.

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Inside each container is a random assortment coins up to $1.00. You can use any mixture of coins you'd like based on the needs for your kids. I have some that contain only dimes, nickels, and pennies while others have quarters in them too. I've even used half dollars for my higher level kids.

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

We started out by playing a game similar to scoot. I gave each table group a set of money cups. They were to dump their coins out onto their desk and put them in order from greatest to least in value. Then, drew hairs to count and find the value if needed and wrote the value two different ways. If you're not familiar with the hairy money method for teaching coins, click here. Once they found the value, I did a quick spot check and then they would put all their coins back in the cup and trade with someone at their group. This is also a perfect small group activity. 

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Speaking of small groups, this is my favorite hands on activity when it comes to money. It's called Scoop and Count and the kids LOVE it! Dump a random assortment of coins into a larger container. Use spoons to scoop (only one) coins onto their table. Have them put the coins in order from greatest to least in value then write the number multiple ways. The larger the spoon used, the more coins they have to count. I also only let them get one scoop. Keep reading to find out how to get an exclusive freebie that goes along with this game! 

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Another low prep games that I like to play is called Roll, Add and Count. Using dice, have them roll two, add the numbers together and then create the value that they made using any mixture of coins. I bought this pack of dice off of Amazon that comes with all types. This is another great way to differentiate to meet the needs of your kids. You could also have them roll one, two, or three dice to find different sums. Subtraction or even multiplication would work too! Click here to see them on Amazon. 

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


Once I felt comfortable that they can recognize and count coins properly, I move towards using paper money. We used this interactive journal activity to sort values of mixed coins greater and less than 50 cents. They wrote the values on the back of each strip and then sorted them into the correct pockets in their math journal. 

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


I'm all about low prep activities. The less paper I have to use, the better. I displayed these task cards from my money unit (sorry for the dark photo, I snapped this when the room as dark). Then the kids divided their white boards into 4 sections and labeled them with the same letters of the cards shown. We worked together to find the values of each box. They could draw the coins on their board if needed but most would just write the value. 

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

I'm big into using our white boards if you haven't noticed that yet. Another favorite to use ABCYA.com and play money bingo whole group! You can select the set of mixed coins that you'd like to use. As they are shown, the kids write the value on their white boards. When I say showdown, the kids show me their boards and I check to see who got it right and who got it wrong.We then count the value together and  select it on the bingo board. If they get it right they get a point on their board! Let them get a point and they'll be excited about anything! We play until we've made a bingo. Sometimes its goes quick so we can play multiple games.

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

To wrap up our unit, they made these cupcake crafts to show what they'd learned. I let them pick any value under a dollar and they created it on their cupcake and wrote the value. You can find these in my money unit
Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

I hope this gave you some ideas to use with how to reinforce money. Part 3 of this series will be up SOON! It will be all about books you can use to go along with your money unit. 

Since you've been so gracious and stayed with me through the end of the post, I've got a special treat for you. Click HERE to grab an exclusive money FREEBIE! These are center directions and recording sheets to go along with the Roll, Add, and Count and Scoop and Count games that were mentioned above. 


Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!




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