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Time to link up today with Tara my new Blog BFF. I'm so happy that we've formed a friendship this summer. I just love her fun ideas and I can't wait to make her tickets next week. 

This week I worked on Beginning of the Year stuff for school. Our administration expects ALL K-2 students to be labeled for their afternoon transportation the first week of school. Here is what I came up with. 
Transportation Tag Bracelets

I think it is much faster than die cutting different colored buses. Please tell me I'm not the only one who spent hours cutting little buses? Wow ...wish I would have used powerpoint many years ago.

These transportation tags are editable. I plan on laminating and attaching with velcro. Students will wear as a bracelet. They will earn a dojo point for bringing back the next day. I'm also going to stress this at orientation. Hopefully the families will already take home the correct transportation tag bracelet for their child the day before. I know my main goal on the first day of school is to make sure they ALL eat lunch and get home the correct way! 
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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 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. 

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, Imagestuff, 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.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. I just pinned your how do I get home bracelets! This is a genius idea. We have to physically put each child on the bus the first day. It takes seriously 50 minutes to get each child on the bus they belong on. Crazy pants. If I use this, at least I will know that someone can easily tell them where to go!
    THanks for having this be free - since I KNOW you will have 25 pins in about a half hour! :) You rock!

  2. I love your behavior badges! As a matter of fact, I spent about an hour yesterday laminating them. :) I appreciate your suggestions on how to store them...I hadn't gotten that far yet!

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  3. This is an incredible idea! I am not sure how well necklaces would go over in 5th grade - what do you think? :) But I might try some related system. I've been mulling behavior management over and over in my head. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I am in LOVE with your Monday Made It!!!!!! This is perfect for my firsties. Pinning NOW!

    Britney (Your NEWest Follower)
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  5. Those Behavior Tags are so fun! What a super way for the kids to be able to show off their good behavior. Love the positive reinforcement.

  6. I LOVE those transportation bracelets! Such a great idea! Our district uses tags that attach to the students' backpacks. I LOVE your behavior beads! I created some of my own last year, but I have your adorable ones in my TPT cart. I JUST have to have these. Last year I let my students wear them on Fridays, and I had a "Brag Tag" area where my students would hang them back up at the end of the day. I used my clip chart to help with managing those tags also. I created some extras for fun events like a field trip ( I put a class photo on them) and even a special class party. I used small 3D removable adhesive clips and numbered them with each student's number. Have a great week! Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas!


  7. I love the transportation bracelets. Our school office provides bracelets, but they are not nearly as cute. I am recommending the behavior tags to our principal. :) I love the 'My Data Rocks!' and the 'I Met My Reading Goal' beads (it's the reading teacher in me).

    I pinned both projects. :)

    Read With Me ABC

  8. Oh...the bracelets are a really neat idea. Extremely creative!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  9. Just an FYI for the brag tag necklaces......last year I went to Menards and asked if they had the ball chain. The guy cut enouch chain for me to make 25 necklaces and gave me the clasps. He charged me $10 for it.

  10. Love the bracelet idea! My kiddos don't need that, but if I taught lower grades I would totally snatch that up!

  11. Love the bracelet Idea! I pinned. We usually just cut squares from paper or buy stickers from smile makers.

  12. I love the bracelet idea!!! So much better than making nametags or printing out a gazillion address labels with their info! I pinned it for you!

    Katie :)

  13. Great idea about the transportation bracelets. Love the necklace idea too!


  14. All I can say is that I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!


  15. Love the bracelets! I will definitely be using those this year! I use DOJO too, so +1 for bringing them back sounds perfect. :)

    Off to pin it now!

    Mrs. Z & Company

  16. These are so cute. I love them.


  17. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! As soon as I found your blog, I had to put it on pinterest to share with all of my teacher friends. I had been looking into purchasing a set of brag tags that was going to cost me 85 dollars, but was hesitant because I wasn't very crazy about all of the options that came in a set. I can not wait to purchase all of your sets and start printing. What a fantastic motivator for the students and I really, really appreciate all of the time and effort you had to have spent creating these.

    Thanks again!
    Anne :)

  18. I love the tags and bracelets! They are so cute! I can't wait to use them with my kiddos. It will be really helpful for my kids who have a hard time keeping track of how they are getting home.


  19. I am in love with these behavior beads! I am moving out of the classroom to become the redirection director at my campus. I think these will be an awesome incentive for my little kids that I will case manage! Thanks for sharing!

    Sixth Grade Scribbles

  20. I have never heard of this and love this idea. Thanks for sharing!!!

  21. You seriously rocked Monday Made It!! I love the brag tag idea. OUr school already uses AR necklaces and Toe Tokens (used for milage club through P.E.) I know they will love having academic and behavior tags as well!

    Kickin' It With Class

  22. I've seen those behavior beads before but not homemade ones! That's a great idea for us teachers to spend LESS money! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Ah! I have seen these around the blogs lately and I want to do them, but I am so worried about all the work that goes into them...Your post laid it out so nicely though...Maybe I will try it this year! These are so cool!

    Thank you!!!

    Bitty Bilinguals

  24. I was thinking that you could probably use a binder with card collector inserts to keep the beads, and then if you add some new ones it would be no problem because you could put in a new page, and a binder would take up minimal space. You can get 25, 9 pocket pages for like 6 bucks, and each pocket can hold up to 9 cards. Just an idea, love the brag tags!!!

  25. I love your transportation bracelets! Such a great way to organize a cray time.

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