Spark Student Motivation - Superhero Clipchart

Happy Saturday. We had an amazing day at the beach yesterday and while I was away many people pinned my Reading & Writing Goal Charts. The winner's are based on my husband's birthday - August 16th. So I took the 8th post (for the month) and 16th (for the day)!  He was born in 1972 so I took the  1st, 9th, 7th and 2nd people too. The winner's are: Krista, Markisha, Kaitlyn, Yashika, Amanda and Najda, congrats. Check your email :) . Thank you everyone for pinning!

Okay on to today's reason for being here, to link up with my sweet friend Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for...

I am going to share two share somthing I used in my classroom for the last two years and am revamping a little bit for next year.

No big surprise, it is the Clipchart! I am sure you have seen them all over the Internet. This is a good explanation of how to use the chart. Basically each day (or if we are having troubles morning and after lunch) everyone starts on Ready to Learn. You clip them up for making good choices and working hard and clip down for making poor choices and not working to the best of their ability. If they make it to the very top they get to add a sparkly gem to their clothespin. I use the chart a lot in Sept/Oct, again in December when things get a little crazy, January, March and near the end of the year. Sometimes I sort of let the clipping go - usually when we are all moving along tickety boo. Also I rarely move students down, I occasionally move a student to the yellow, maybe the orange in a dire circumstance. I usually move students up and hope others notice and pull it together (keeping it honest - I have had amazing classes for the last 2 years when I had this system).

Last year I had a Rock and Roll theme in September so this was the clipchart that I used.

I got it from The Inspired Apple .

This year I will be having a Superhero theme so this is the clipchart that I created.

I also made a calendar for students to record where they ended the day and some certificates to go home with students when they clip up. This is what I am adding next year to try and keep me (me not the kids) using the clipchart to its full potential.

If you are interested in checking it out head to my TPT store - it is a flash freebie!!


  1. I like that you try to focus on the positive behavior-I think praising the good role models rubs off on others. Your chart is adorable and will for sure be motivating!
    Thanks for linking up and sharing!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. Great idea! Love rewarding the good or expected behavior.

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  3. I love your chart! The rock star and super hero themes are so fun. I use this chart, too, and I love how teachers can recognize positive behavior instead of just punishing bad behavior.

    -Amanda @
    Teacher at the Wheel

  4. This chart is super cute. I love using a clip chart to motivate my kiddos.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. What a FABULOUS post! I had a clip chart last year, but will admit that I didn't use it as consistently as I should. I am going to revamp my system and let my kids have the ability to move UP! I love the tracking sheet - do you think my fifth graders would be too old for that?

    Joy in the Journey

  6. I absolutely love using a clip chart. The first year I used one, I used the same Rockin' Behavior Clip Chart. This year I am debating going back to the rock and roll theme or doing a superhero theme. Your adorable superhero clip chart may have just pushed me over the edge to go the superhero route. Thank you so much for making this a flash freebie. I will be posting a new fan freebie each Monday on my Facebook. Make sure to head over there.
    The Traveling Teacher

  7. Just found you....your name caught my eye, I am moving from second to third grade next year and have been collecting Rock Star ideas. Your blog is great, I am also re doing my shelf and love the idea of the ribbons on the magazine folders. I am Canadian too :)

  8. Dang. Missed it! Oops! I always miss flash freebies because I am a turtle (simile).

    It's super cute! If I ever change from my owl theme I think I'm going to do super heroes. Those ones from Melonheadz are so adorable!! :O)

    Have a great weekend!!
    Collaboration Cuties

  9. So excited to have won your Writing & Reading Goal Charts! Thank you so much!

  10. The superhero clip chart is SUPER cute!! I love that you use it more during certain times of the year. I see these used everywhere and always have thought, "I don't know if I could keep up with that everyday." I also like that you rarely move kids down and focus on the positive. The last thing I would want to do is always moving those clips around for every little thing. This post has me really thinking!
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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