Green and Red Choice Board

Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten
Teaching students to make good choices is HARD!  Students need to learn how to make good choices just like they need to learn their letters and numbers. 

Social development directly affects ALL other areas of learning.  One of my main goals for students is to be happy, confident learners who can solve problems and work collaboratively with others. 

Being able to make good choices when they are alone and interacting with others is a BIG part of that. 
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Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten

It is important to break down how to make a to make a good choice with visual supports and simple language.  This is a picture of my green and red choice poster I used in my classroom last year. It was posted at my circle area at students level.

I introduce green and red choices over several class meeting.  It gives us an opportunity to have an open discussion about them.  Students can ask questions, reflect, and talk about them.

I introduce the choices a handful or so at a time, not all at once.  I explain the choices in concrete terms to the students so they will understand what the choice is, what is looks and sounds like.  

WHY?  Talking about the why is higher level thinking.  It makes students think about how someone else feels which is something that preschoolers don't often do. 

They are egocentric and focused on themselves at this age.  How does making green choices make YOU feel and make OTHERS feel?  How do feel when YOU feel, OTHERS feel, and what other things can happen when you (ex: use mean words)?

If there is a reoccurring problem in your classroom have a class meeting to talk about the red choices students are making and what green choices they could make instead.  


Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten

I have had students who have needed their own individual green choice board.  I made this for a friend in my class and his favorite color was red which is why the pencil pouch is red (not for red choices).  If I make more I will make them green to keep the green for green choices going.  I laminated just the green choice cards that he was working on making and attached them to the front of the pouch with Velcro.

Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten

The wonderful thing about this pencil pouch is that I can keep his rewards and extra green choice cards INSIDE the pouch!  They are right there at our fingertips for when we need them!  Awesome right.  You or the student doesn't have to go and get the reward or other choice cards!  I got this last year at Office Max.  It is made of a thin plastic.  I am so loving this pencil pouch!

Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten

Green Choice Necklace is something new I thought of and am super excited about!  I have a problem solving necklace and it is a game changer.  You can read more about problem solving HERE.  I am thinking this will be just as great.  I hole punched the green choice cards, put them on a book ring, and keep them on a lanyard I wear.  This way I can support students’ making green choices without having to go to where they are posted.  I can just show the picture cards as a visual on my necklace.  If you see a student struggling, jump in, and go through the green choices one at a time.  You can say, " will sharing work, no" and (flip to the next card).  "Will using your words work, yes! Awesome Let's try it!"  You can also have individual students wear the necklace too!

Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten

Each class is different and changes as the year goes.  Attach the cards with Velcro and by hole punching the cards so you can easily change the green and red choices out as needed.  NO more remaking things each year or if a student/class changes!  Work smarter, not harder right!

Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten

Something NEW I made for next year is I Can Make Green Choices book.  Each page has the pattern sentence I can _____.  It has the same picture cue and language as the green choice cards.

Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten

 Use the black line book to save ink or to send HOME with individual students or the whole class.  Students can continue the learning at home!  This also shows parents the simple language you are using in the classroom and hopefully, they will start using the simple language at home too!  Fingers crossed!

Book List for teaching good choices! Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten

 Using children's books to teach about social skills can have a HUGE impact on student behavior.  Students can relate the characters, see how the characters feel, and see how their behaviors can positively or negatively affect others.  Most books have characters interacting with each other. 


Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Llama Time to Share, What Shall We Play, and How Do Dinosaur Play with their Friends are my favorite!


Book List for teaching good choices! Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten


Book List for teaching good choices! Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten

 Use this as an opportunity to talk about making green/red choices.  Students will be able to relate to the characters in the book.  It gives them examples of what to do or what not to do.
Before, during and after you read, talk about how the character(s) are making green/red choices. It may be the focus of my lesson or I may just touch on it for a few minutes. Use those teachable moments that come up as you are reading!


Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten

Just like with another subject, practice, practice, and when you think they got it more practice.  It is essential!  You want making green choices to become a habit.  Making new habits takes a LONG time.  Make "practicing" green choices FUN and INTERACTIVE using puppets and songs!  

Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten

A fun activity to try is taking all the cards off and having students sort them.  The conversion these two friends had was hysterical.  I wish I recorded it.  They were sharing examples of classroom and family situations when someone made a green or red choice.

Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten

Want to use Green and Red Choices in your classroom?  Go to my TPT store by clicking on the cover above and you have everything you need including 11 pages of informative teacher instruction pages explaining everything in more detail!

Based on your feedback I have added sticker charts, behavior logs, more choice cards, positive notes home, and thumbs up/down visuals! I LOVE hearing how it works for your students and your classroom. Keep the feedback coming! 

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Green and red choice behavior management techniques (posters, songs, individual choice boards, class books, and children's books to support) perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergaten

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11 comments

  1. I LOVE this! I have been looking for something new for next year because the clip charts and keeping track of points is not working! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love the individual pencil box with rewards too!

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  3. Quick question, when do you reward the prize inside the box? At the end of the day or at the end of a certain activity? What have you found that works?

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    1. It depends on the student and their goals. I had a student who when she started the activity she could get out her reward out to set next to her. When she finished the activity she could have her reward or hold it. Most of the time students get their reward after they do the activity or part of the day (ex: centers, music). As the school year goes on I try to delay the reward and lengthen the amount of time until they get the reward and eventually fading out the reward if possible. I hope that helps. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. I love your green and red choices idea, what a great visual for students to have! It's great that the students are able to sort the choices as practice, too!! I love how many details you included, like the lanyard and mini-book! You did a really awesome job with your TPT Sellers Challenge Masterpiece!!

    Erin
    Kindergarten Dragons

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  5. LOVE this! I use lots of similar things, but it's more of a hodgepodge {bucket fillers, 'if-then', etc.} I like the fact that yours is SO organized!!!

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  6. Do you introduce this right away or start with your school rules and begin red and green choices weeks into school?

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    1. I introduce school rules the first two weeks then we talk about green and red choices. But you can do whatever works for you.

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  7. Do you introduce this right away or start with your school rules and begin red and green choices weeks into school?

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  8. I am interested in just the poster board pictures and making the book for my book area. Do I have to purchase the whole package or is there a way to pick n choose what you want to buy?

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    1. Yes you would need to get the whole pack.

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