We have all seen the “NOISE” post on Pinterest (when the students are making noise – they lose a letter). I’ve taken that and combined it with a behavior chart! I call it “Grand Behavior”. It’s perfect because it also teaches the students about the grand staff!
When a class is misbehaving, or their behavior isn’t “grand” – they lose a letter at the whiteboard (bottom picture). If later they show me behavior that is “grand” they can earn a letter back. At the end of class time, if they still have all of their letters they have had “Grand Behavior” and they get to move up a spot on the grand staff. I have them all start at the lowest line of the bass clef. When they get to Middle C, they earn an incentive (center day, treat, game). When they get to the top F of the treble clef, they also earn an incentive (similar). After that, they have to start all the way back down at the bass clef. I usually get a little healthy competition among the classes!
Removing a letter from the whiteboard is a huge visual that all students notice without you having to use your voice. As music teachers – we all know our voice is precious!
I created the chart using a whiteboard, painters tape, colored foam sheets, and magnets. The foam sheets make very durable items. I attached magnets on the back with hot glue. These have lasted 2+ years. The letters on the whiteboard are wooden letters you can buy at any craft store. I spray painted them black, and hot glued magnets to the back of them.