March Classroom Management is here, back by popular demand! One of the most fun things in March is St. Patrick’s Day, so this month we have a “Fill the Pot of Gold” printable for you! A month full of excitement, getting close to the end of the year definitely calls for some classroom management reminders. These printables have lots of variety for a simple, yet effective way to motivate students. Help students follow directions, stay on task, work together, and MORE! Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade! Get the FREE printable below!
There are lots of fun things happening this month, and students might start to get restless before your next break. That’s why you will love using simple, differentiated, and motivating classroom management tools. Lots of options to help your classroom run EXTRA smooth.
This activity goes well with these resources:
March Classroom Management Tips
It’s always great to have a little refresher on classroom rules and expectations at the beginning of every month. March is probably getting close to another school break for your students, so they might be feeling a bit antsy! Maybe plan a fun reward towards the end of the month- that can be a great motivator for students! Don’t forget all the important classroom management tips:
- Keep the rules simple, easy to understand, and clear
- Model the procedures you want the students to do
- Follow up reminders throughout the day
- Communicate with parents/guardians
Focus on the positives! Students thrive on positive reinforcements. They love to be told when they’ve done a good job, no matter how small it may seem to you. Creative a positive environment leads to better relationships and students who will flourish in the classroom.
Some ideas of positive reinforcements:
- “I see that you cleaned up all your crayons without being asked. What a nice, clean work space you have!”
- “I noticed how you asked ___ to join you for play time today! You’re being a great friend.”
- “What a great job you did coming quietly to the carpet! You’re setting a great example!”
Keep building those relationships! It’s so important to build strong relationships with your students. A classroom that feels like a family or community will run so much smoother, and your students will feel like they can really depend on you. Direct some St. Patrick’s themed questions: ask if they know what their heritage is, if they believe in leprechauns, what makes them feel lucky, etc. They will feel so special knowing how much you care about them outside the classroom! Keep reading to find out all about this month’s classroom management tool and grab your freebie at the end!
More St. Patrick’s Day Fun
Are you planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the classroom? Maybe have a small little party or give out chocolate pieces of gold candy! That could be a great incentive to fill this pot of gold! If you want to start the day off with some cute videos, we have you covered with this list of teacher-approved St. Patrick’s Day videos! Click here to read about them and find the links to watch.
Something else that kindergarteners LOVE is a leprechaun trap! Practice all those STEM skills with this project! Encourage students to come up with their own ideas to trap a leprechaun. This might be a great place to hide their reward for the month of chocolate or gold coins! Click here to read all about our leprechaun trap project!
Looking for an even easier planning day/month? We have a whole bundle of St. Patrick’s Day math printables for you! There are addition and subtraction worksheets, with multiple print options so you can tailor it to fit your classroom needs. Click here to get those printables!
Fill the Pot of Gold
Ohh March- the month of spring, reading, and St. Patrick’s Day! Your students will love being able to fill this pot of gold with gold coins and it’s a great way to help motivate them to follow classroom rules.
You can choose to print out the pot of gold and then cut and paste the coins, or use one of the options to simply color in the gold coins!
These are so cute, fun, easy to do, and great for March classroom management. Students can earn items for whatever they think works best: quick transitions, being good friends, being quiet in the hallway, cleaning up their messes, etc. It’s important to set the expectations ahead of time though, so your students know exactly how to earn those gold coins.
When the box is full of chocolate candies you can choose a fun reward that all the students can enjoy as a class (further building that positive community feeling!) Some examples could be:
- A fun St. Patrick’s Day party with gold coin candy!
- Movie & popcorn
- Extra recess
- Pizza lunch
- Pajama day
It would be fun to have the students help choose what their reward will be. Take a vote, count tallies, get students excited, and make it a learning activity too! Remember to remind students that if their idea isn’t chosen this month, they can try again next month when we have a printable for April!
This month’s FREE printable for March classroom management comes with a variety of differentiation options so you can pick what’s best for YOUR students!
- Fill the Pot of Gold for a fun St. Patrick’s Day theme
- 20 coins to color
- 10 coins to color
- Cut and paste the candies onto the heart-shaped chocolate box
Another differentiated idea is to do this activity with tables working together. Or maybe just a couple of students need this as an individualized plan. This could even work well with your own kids at home (or significant other haha!)
Free Fill the Pot of Gold Printable
This free March classroom management printable can help you this month! Make sure to grab it by entering your information below. You’ll unlock the freebie (even if you’re already a subscriber). Our freebie fairy (who is currently searching the bottoms of rainbows for her own pot of gold) will fly that over to your inbox immediately!
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This post was written by Johanna, an experienced early elementary teacher who loves learning about new teaching ideas for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade!