A Year of Prizes Part II

by ticketprinting on April 22, 2011

The Raffle Ticket Game in Action in Your Classroom

Now that you’ve created the rules of your raffle ticket game and explained them to your students, you’re ready to start distributing tickets. For the first week, your students will probably be really excited every time a raffle ticket is received. Make sure they store their tickets in a safe place. You should keep the stubs, but they must fill them out and be responsible for the tickets, too.

Here are some fun games to play after the first week, when they have accumulated enough tickets to have a collection.

Raffle Ticket Bingo: Create a unique grid for each student. Depending on the number of tickets you intend to distribute, it may be small or large. Five by five is a good size. Randomly write a number from 01 to 99 in each square. Students can cross off a square if the last 2 digits of one of their tickets matches the number on that square.

Raffle Ticket Math Games: Whatever level of math you’re working on, you can create a game tailored for your students. If they are young and still mastering addition and subtraction, ask them to pick a ticket and use the numbers on that ticket to create a true math statement. Or, you can ask your older students to focus on just the last two or three numbers and play a game where you state a mathematical condition (e.g. odd, divisible by 3, prime) and award a point to the first person to correctly identify a number on their card that fulfills that condition. Raffle tickets are, of course, at their most basic, random number generators. Create games using random numbers, which will, of course, favour the students who have the most random numbers to work with, and motivate your students to collect even more of these random numbers.

Top Earner: You may wish to recognize and reward the student who has earned the most tickets in a single week. You can also create a graph, so students can view a running tally of everyone’s numbers, which dovetails nicely with the math lesson. The youngest children will learn a lesson just from adding marks to a chart. High school students can perform statistical analysis on the numbers.

The Weekly or Monthly Draw: Depending on how long you wish to run the raffle (I do it throughout the entire school year) and how much you wish to spend on prizes, you can offer a slightly larger ticket item as a prize in a mini-draw one a week or once a month. One inexpensive treat I use is a mini pizza party for the winner with me and a few of his or her friends, my treat.

Next Week: The Grand Finale Prize Draw

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