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Equity Sticks: A Quick and Cutesy How-To


Do you use equity sticks in the classroom? Equity sticks are a classroom management tool used to select a student at random. It provides a sense of fairness as the teacher (or a student) is picking a stick but not selecting by choice. It is random! I use them in variety of ways such as when I need a random student for an activity, a quick helper, or to decide on the next person to share. I often use them when every single kid wants to share and we just don't have time for everyone that day. I don't use them to put kids on the spot to share. This would discourage the community I try to build from the start! How do you use equity sticks?? I would love to hear some new ideas!

Here's a quick guide on how I spruced mine up (instead of simply writing my students' names on a plain stick):


 Step 1. Gather your materials! (I chose green and blue materials because those are my main classroom colors-the possible color combos are endless!)
-Jumbo popsicle sticks (Include a few extra in case you get a new student!)
-paint & paintbrush
-washi tape
-cardboard (I cut off two flaps of a large-ish box)
-scissors
-permanent marker (to write names) Sidenote-I didn't include a picture with names because I wanted to protect students' privacy!



  Steps 2-4. Spread out sticks and tape where you want the paint to stop. I paint about 1/3 of the stick. Flip the sticks over. Then tape the other side. Make sure the ends of the tape line up.


5. Paint! Try not to get it past the tape. I did get a little bit so that one will be my extra!


6. Twist the sticks in order to make sure to get the paint on the sides and top of the sticks. Let them dry for a few minutes. 


7. Carefully flip the sticks over. Paint the other side. Let the sticks dry for a few minutes. 


8. Hold down sticks with your hand and gently pull the tape off. Don't worry if some paint leaked under the tape. The Washi tape will cover that up. Separate the sticsk to check to see if you missed any spots. Touch up, if needed. 


9. Cut washi tape strips. I did strips about 3 inches long. Wrap washi tape around the stick where the paint ends.


10. Done! Now you have some cutesy equity sticks. Write each child's name on a stick and place in a jar or cup. For an extra touch add a ribbon!


So how would you use equity sticks in your classroom?
Here are a few ideas:

-choosing a helper
-choosing a random student to do an activity
-choosing a student when all students volunteer
-choosing partners when you need it to be random
-choosing a person to pick the Go Noodle
-choosing someone to go first

I know there's a ton more ideas, so let me know in a comment below!

DISCLAIMER: You could easily just write your students name on a popsicle sticks to make equity sticks! This is just a fun way to spruce them up!


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