Checking in with your students consistently after introducing a lesson to them can be extremely helpful in keeping students on track, accountable, and engaged. Students may be distracted or zoned out but by seeing where everyone is at and asking people to give examples, other students are forced to snap back into their learning.
Kindness cones is a way for students to learn how to recognize other peers for a kind thing they did that day. Students receive a cone when they receive a kindness compliment from a student and then the next day that student thinks about who was kind that day, gives them a compliment and gives that student their cone. In our classroom we have about 6 cones that regularly circulate that classroom.
The dirtiest wipe contest is used as a tool to clean up the classroom. It is helpful because the entire class is working to try and get their wipe the dirtiest by wiping down anything that is dirty, which leads to a clean classroom. This also helps students feel motivated to clean their classroom and be proud of the way it looks.