Janna's Joyful Gems!
I finally finished making my version of the idea I got from Tara at 4th Grade Frolics. Thanks Tara! :)
Anyway, I tried to find bigger glass gems, but I was so excited to make mine that I just tried making the smiley faces on the smaller size gems. It worked, and I love how they turned out! I used Oil Based pens and created little smiley faces on the flat side of the glass gems.
I bought a cute jar from the "Container Store," and glued a ribbon around the edge, and made a tag to tie on to my Joyful Gems Jar.
My 4th graders love little, small knick-knacks! I am either going to hand out these Joyful Gems when I catch a student showing kindness, being happy, or displaying one of our school's 7 virtues.
Or, I might have the whole class earn the Joyful Gems in my glass jar. I could have them earn the gems in increasing increments starting with 10, then 20, 30, and so on. They could earn rewards that would increase too, like maybe a bookmark first, fun PE game, Extra recess, Art, and then finally filling up the entire jar for a Joyful Gems Party!!!
Once we had the party, I could start giving the gems away to kids showing joy. I am looking forward to talking with my new 4th graders about our 7 Virtues, being a "Bucket Filler," finding joy in all things, and choosing to be a happy, positive person. :)
Just looking at the little smiley faces through the jar makes me happy; check them out.