1.) Brain Breaks - we are using Whole Brain Teaching in our classroom, so when the students win for the day, their reward is a quick brain break. We've done "skiing," "swimming," "yoga" - anything to get them out of their seats and moving. For skiing, students stand and then sink into a chair pose, elbows bent and fists at the shoulders. Students jump from side to side, as though they are skiing downhill. For yoga, we practice warrior II and warrior III.
2.) Food! We are allowed to give out treats (are we the only ones left???) and a handful of Jolly Ranchers can be a real motivator when we have to break out the test prep booklets. I also keep small bags of goldfish in the classroom for the same purpose. If you are not allowed to give out food, try smelly stickers! Even the big kids love smelly stickers. My kids love when I mark their work with Mr. Sketch markers. It's so funny to see them pick up their books to smell the marker!
3.) "Fun" Practice - anything that involves coloring feels like less work. I love Kristine Nannini's Math Centers because they all have color by number practice. I also found this great page on TpT that they ASKED to take home for homework. What??? Link: Multiplying Decimals Freebie.
4.) New "toys" - I bought each of my kiddos a smencil colored pencil (because I didn't read closely and thought I was buying pencils. D'oh!) to use in their test prep books. These are ONLY for underlining evidence or for checking their work. I also plan to make these little answer sticks. What a great idea to improve student participation!
Credit - this is from One Extra Degree
And check out my FB page for a Facebook Freebie! I have a complete center for fractions to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!