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Monday Made It Braggin about Behavior and More!

Linking up today for Tara's Monday Made It! I just LOVE that it keeps me motivated to create items for my class. 

 I can honestly say that behavior beads are one of the BEST things I added to my classroom management system over the past couple of years. I get so tired of the treasure box. So now I use class dojo and give out reward coupons and of course these Behavior Beads.

So what is a behavior badge/bead?  A badge is a necklace that each child receives and they work toward earning more tags/charms to display on their necklace. On the first day of school I give my students their own badge on a necklace.  

Here are a few ideas:
*Honor Roll
*Perfect Attendance
*Star Student
*Caught Being Good
*Good Manners
* Sight Word Master
* Lost a Tooth

So easy to make!
2. Cut and Laminate
3. Punch holes ( I'm off to buy a smaller hole punch tomorrow)
4. Put on ball chain necklaces ( you can purchase on etsy, craft stores or ImageStuff)

How do you display your necklaces? 
Last year I had the tags on little hooks grouped by tables. I had four tables so each hook had about 5 necklaces.
In the past, I have displayed them on a large cork board. Each necklace hangs from a thumbtack with the student’s number above the thumbtack.

Here is a CD cabinet without the selves. I used this my first year as a Brag Tag holder.

The possibilities are endless.  You can go all out or use something simple that works for you. I’d love to see pictures of your displays. Link up on Saturday Snapshots.

When do your students wear their necklaces?
Each day, students wear their chains if they choose.  At the end of the day when they go pack up their belongings..they hang their Behavior Beads back on the hooks!  The next morning when students come in they are able to put on their chains first thing in the morning. I don’t make them wear the necklaces daily. Some love to and others prefer to keep them on the hook.  I’ve seen some teachers just allow students to wear necklaces on Fridays or assemblies. Again it’s up to you.

When do they earn tags?
Two years ago I used a behavior clip chart in my classroom and every time a student ended on OUTSTANDING they earned a jewel for their clip.  Once they had 5 jewels, they earned a behavior bead/tag/badge. Last year I used class dojo. Once they had 25 points they earned a new tag. I had many different levels of tags. I also gave out tags for mastering math facts, sight words, good handwriting, displaying good character traits, and many others.  I’m excited to use my FREE 7 Habits this year.

How do you know whose necklace is whose?
I number at least one tag. It’s usually the first tag I give them. However, this year I will be making a custom tag with each child’s name on it. If you need any custom beads… I would love to make you some. Click here for customized beads. Click here for programmable tags that you do yourself.

How do I implement them?
Simply print on cardstock, laminate and cut. I’ve made them very easy to cut. I used a paper cutter and it was so fast. I punch a hole using a small punch size found at Hobby Lobby ( $3.99)

Where do you store the extra tags?
You can buy a compartment storage container at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. I love Tara’s picture.

Where did you find the chains?
You can find them at Etsy, online, and Hobby Lobby. I bought my chains at Hobby Lobby for $7.99. If you have coupon... it’s even cheaper.  

If you have any more questions about Behavior Beads/Badges please leave me a comment and I'll do my best to answer them.  I'm off to check out the other fun Monday Made Its.

Monday Made It #2 
I updated my   "You're Knocking my socks off" board that I found from The First Grade Parade. Thanks to Cara for the fabulous idea. Click on her name to find the FREE stuff. Also, I made some headers if you would like to download for free.

FREE- Click on images to download 

Last Monday Made It was my portable word wall. I first found the idea at Tonya's blog.
Here is my version to match my room. I loved using a portable word wall so the students could take the words back to their desk. It was also on their eye level compared to the other word walls I had up in the classroom.
Click here to purchase


  1. Oh my gosh, you are a busy "bee" ;) Look how much your room is already coming together! I feel like a slacker...I, too, am excited about brag tags & decided I would give them a try this year. I love your Yoda sight word master tags! How fun:) The caught beeing good ones are also great, because you can give them out intermittenly, and hopefully encourage those students who need a good behavior boost to act positively! Awesome!

    1. BTW, what font did you use for the letters on your portable word wall cards? I really like it!

    2. Thanks Amber! You will love brag tags.
      Font-Janda Closer To Free

  2. These are too cute! I would love an ABC star tag for my kindergarteners when they learn their letters.


  3. Love this! I would love one that says iPad Superstar (our school is getting iPads in all the classrooms! It's exciting)

  4. I had to look twice as these looked like the 'real' ones. Great job :) I think my fave is the bees because our school rules are Be Kind Be Safe Be Fair and we give bees for great behaviour.

    1. My kind of girl! I just love bee stuff. Good luck to you

  5. Can I tell you how I freaked out and went and bought these the second I saw them?!?!?!?! LOVE!!!! You need to come do my classroom! Your room is so neat and tidy and beautiful!!!! Thanks for linking up....I actually emailed you already freaking out about those tags:)))))) LOVE!

    4th Grade Frolics

  6. I love the Wild about Reading tag! Anything to get and keep kids reading right? These are so great!! I have been debating if I should use these or not and you have convinced me! Amazing job Miss Nelson :)

    Crofts' Classroom

  7. First of all, I LOVE the colors of your classroom. It is so adorable! Loving those brag tags especially the "good citizen" one. I also like the idea of a portable word wall. My word wall just seems to take up too much space. This is a perfect idea. Thanks for sharing!


  8. I love these! I really want to incorporate Brag tags in my room this year! I would love to see one for "AM" goals ( its like AR but for math) and 100% homework club one!

  9. What a great post. I love the portable word wall and behavior bulletin board. Our school is going to be starting to use brag tags next year but I love the idea of making them more personal. I'm doing a classroom lunch incentive so I would love one that said "lunch bunch". Fingers crossed that I win. . . PINNING!!!

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

    1. Oh I also would love one to use for a homework incentive.

  10. I am in love with these Brag Tags! I already looked on Etsy for the ball chains and definitely want to do this in my classroom this year. I know my 2nd grader would go wild for this idea! I would love to see an "I'm a Bucket Filler" brag tag! Fingers crossed! Happy to be a new follower of your awesome blog!
    The Teacher’s Chair
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  11. This could be great for my group this fall. I think a role model/ leader tag would be cool.

  12. Oh my goodness, these are absolutely adorable! After I post, I am heading to TPT to purchase! I have wanted to do brag tags in my classroom, but the cost held me back. Thanks to you, I can now do this for next year! What a fantastic price! I would love to see more reading tags. Originally I had thought of using them as a reward each month for reading at home. It would be cute to see a September reading, October reading, etc. with cute holiday design. Thank you again for all your hard work. These are truly amazing! And your classroom is so cute!

  13. I love the idea of the Brag Tags as well! I'm always looking for more ideas to promote great behavior and students personal bests!! Thanks for sharing! I also LOVE the portable word wall. I don't have bulletin board space to put up a word wall anymore. I used to do it on a dry erase/magnetic bulletin board so the students could grab the magnet word off the wall to use at their desk, but we have vertical bulletin boards so it's harder to fit all of the words at a level the students can grab them! I'm going to have to try this! Thanks! :)
    C is for Cookies, Cakes, Children, Classroom, and Crafts

  14. I especially love the sight word master but would also really like to see math fact master, summer learner, and bucket filler. Sooooo cute I am heading to your store now!

  15. I absolutely love the brag tags and portable word wall! I'm off to buy the brag tags! My students will love these! I am always looking for some way to encourage good behavior and social skills (especially being safe with our hands and feet!). Thank you for showing all of us your creations!

    Teaching Special Kids

  16. I love the brag tags too...and now you've made me contemplate my word wall...hmmmm. What cards do you use for the actual words? How do you go about managing adding them to the ring? Or do you have them all put together from the get go? You have me thinking...

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  17. I love the brag tags! I really love the You Knock my Socks off Board! I need to create something like that:) You always make such beautiful things!
    Fun in Room 4B

  18. Ohhh my gosh! I love your version of brag tags! I might actually be able to afford yours! hah! I would love to see a Caught being a leader tag because my school is a leader in me school. =)

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

  19. Love, love, love! What a great way to motivate students. I would love to see one for star of the week and math facts master.

  20. Okay this is too awesome! I love your brag tags. I've heard about them before, but I am loving that you made your own! What a great idea.. one that I am absolutely considering right now! Thank you so much for sharing these awesome ideas of yours. So pinning. And I have to tell you this is one of the best monday made its I have seen in a long time! I love that your projects were something I haven't seen much of. Thanks again :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

    1. Oh an as far as one I would like to see, a math or reading wizard would be cool. Something generic so when they accomplished something amazing in either subject, they could earn one. Even an I reached my goal could be cool. There are so many possibilities! I love it!

  21. Oh my! You've been very busy!! I LOVE the brag tags and your "knock my socks" off board is too cute!! I am going to be doing a Bucket Filler theme this year, so I would love to see some Bucket Filler tags! :) Have a great week!

    EduKate and Inspire

  22. How cute! The kids would love these! What about a "first day of school" and "last day of school" tag, that way the kids get a special treat right off the bat? They'd be so excited!


  23. I love the Brag Tags. I have already put them in my cart! I was just telling my daughter the other day that I was tired of the Treasure Box. I really hate rewarding kids just for doing what they are supposed to be doing, but I won't get on my soapbox. I think the kids would love these! Thanks for taking the time to make them.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  24. I LOVE your blog!!!



  25. These are so cute! I like the idea of having a "Bucket Filler" tag or a "Math Facts Master" tag. You continue to create so many great items!!! Amazing! :)

    1. I'm SOOOO excited that I won! Just in time for the beginning of my year...I go back to school in 7 days. Thank you for always sharing your fabulous ideas!!!


  26. For a minute I thought they were the actual brag tags and I was like oh I didn't know you printed and laminated them I thought they came in the mail all ready to go. You did such a fantastic job with your version! They are too cute! They definitely will be a class favorite! I think a super scientist card would be the perfect addition to the set!

    Love the knocking my socks off board update! Thanks for the freebie! It's a saying I always use so it's perfect! Your bee room is too cute!

    The Polished Teacher

  27. Love the necklaces. I want to implement that in my class this next year - bought the beads, didn't know what type of necklace. Thanks for sharing! If I won I would love to have those Wild About Reading ones. :)
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  28. SO STINKIN' CUTE!!! One for non-fiction investigation would be neat too!!


  29. LOVE the Brag Tags! I made my own last year because I couldn't afford the real deal haha :) These would be perfect to go with the ones I already started making (and now I don't have to do as much work; thanks!!!) I would love some sort of Homework Club and Lunch Bunch card.


  30. These are so cute! I would love to see one with a bulldog because that's our mascot! Or one with a globe that says 'Out of this World!' because my theme is travel. :)
    SO CUTE!

  31. I used brag tags for AR. The students used pony beads. I made my own tags for when they made heir AR goal.
    Your tags are great. I think I may have to do two next year; one for AR and one for behaviors. I would like one for following directions as I use Class DOJO too.



  32. I absolutely love the idea of Brag Tags! I teach in a school for students with severe behaviors and I think brag tags will be a great incentive for our students. I would love a tag that states "I can use calming strategies.".


  33. I love the idea of a portable word wall. I'm sure it gets a lot of use out of it this way.
    Darling Little Learners

  34. The brag tags are AMAZING! I would love one that says "AR Star". My school is a No Excuses school, so I would love tags that says "College Bound" and "No Excuses".

    Heather Haugen

  35. Oh my, I LoVe those Brag Tags. I have to have them for my class. I would love for one to say my school name. (Star Student at Calera).

    Allison boozer

  36. Your room is already looking amazing!! I love the calendar/frame and Knocking my Socks off idea!!

    The Resource(ful) Room

  37. LOVE your brag tags!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  38. Wow! Love your Brag Tags! I just purchased on the TPT site.
    Looking forward to my kiddos earning "bragging rights! "

    Thank you.

  39. Love your idea. I have thought about using the Brag Tags but knew that they epwere going to cost me a fortune in the end. Great idea to make your own. I am using a Ninja theme in my room and for AR am having them reach the different belt colors, so that is what I would love to see, little cute Ninja with nine different belt colors. Thanks for sharing!

  40. Love the brag tags and the portable word wall. I would love one with a panther on it since that is my school's mascot.

    Where do you have the students keep their tags at? Do they wear them>


  41. I love those brag tags!! What a GREAT idea!!

  42. I ADORE your portable word wall! Are you going to make it in any other colors to put onTPT? I would definitely buy if it was my colors! (pink, lime green, teal) :)

  43. Your Brag Tags are fabulous! I have struggled with rewards for Class Dojo; this is the solution. I work with upper elementary and would love to see a Multiplication Master one for fact acquisition. Or maybe a Cooperation Crackerjack for displaying those desired cooperative group behaviors. Thanks so much.

  44. The brag tags AND the portable word wall are fabulous!!!!


    A Rocky Top Teacher

  45. I'd love one that is something to the tune of "My teacher is proud of me". ReallyGoodStuff made stickers that said that when I was student teaching and the kiddos LOVED "making their teacher proud"!


    PS: SO many great ideas! I just made my word wall and I'd like to tackle making a portable word wall next but I'm not sure how I want to do it yet... and I love the sock knocking board! I say that all the time but I'm thinking about maybe making it like a "wall of wow" rather than a reward system. Thanks for the great post!!

  46. These are wonderful. I just love your classroom, your blog, and everything you do. It's so wonderful!. I really like Math Facts Monster, Lunch Bunch, and something like Principled Student for the clip chart.

    I need to buy these!

  47. Love your brag tags. Would like one with a penguin as that is our school mascot and always a favorite animal in second grade!

    rosemarykn at comcast.net

  48. I absolutely love the Brag Tags and portable Word Wall!!! I will be on my way to making these soon : ) Love it!!


  49. In love with your brag tags! I'd love to see a sports one to give when kids earn an award!

    Success in Second Grade

  50. Love your brag tags!!! They are so cute! I would love to see one for math facts and homework club.

  51. Your brag tags are great! I'd love to see one for homework completion as well. We are required to have nightly homework, so a little extra motivation wouldn't hurt :)

    A Very Curious Class

  52. Your version of the brag tags turned out great! Also LOVE the mini hooks for the portable word wall... perfect for easy access!!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  53. I'm going to have to make myself a portable word wall too! I had several students who would have loved this last year, oh well.

  54. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this idea of having a portable word wall! Thanks for the great idea! Next thing to do on my list! :)

    Adventures in Room 204

  55. Your sock board looks fabulous! :0) Considering putting one up for this year--I have a Moving Right Along Muppet theme and have some great Muppet socks I can use! Love your brag tags, too. I was planning to make some this year after seeing them around, but I think I will just get some from you!! Will save me A LOT of time...

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  56. I love your portable word wall. I've used various versions of a portable word wall before but none of mine were that cute.
    Grade School Giggles

  57. Thank you so much for your word wall idea! I love this for my 5th graders! I made one to go along with my classroom theme for this year! Keep your great ideas coming!

  58. I love your "Bee Happy" sign on the bulletin board. Can you tell me if you made it or bought it?


  59. I LOVE the Brag Tag's and I am definitely using them this year, however, I also have a Clip Chart and use the method of when they clip up they earn tickets. Once they have a certain amount of tickets they choose a reward coupon. What advice do you have for implementing both the tags and tickets?

  60. Have you had any parents upset with the word "brag" ? That is my only hesitation...having parents upset with the name!


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