# Cute, Cheap, and Easy Trophies

This year for the final Math Wars contest, I decided to use Reflex Math instead of a paper pencil timed test like I had been doing. A little plug for Reflex Math here…I LOVE it as do the kids (more about Reflex here). In case your school or district is thinking of purchasing this program, get it! It has definitely made a difference in our students’ math fact fluency. Since I wanted to give out awards for the Math Wars with NO budget, I made some. I had some large gold stars left over from another project, but I needed something to stabilize them on so I found four cones in a package for $3 at Wal-Mart. Since hot glue is the answer to just about everything that needs to be stuck somewhere at school, I hot glued the stars to the cones. Then I got some scrapbooking stickers at Hobby Lobby to label the stars. The stickers were 40% off the week I got them. Then I found some little medals for the kids on clearance for 75 cents for a package of about 8 (yay!) I bought extra packages because I can always use these for something. The medals are plastic but look almost as good as metal ones. Since the ribbon in the package was kind of short, I used some nicer ribbon that I happened to have on hand from another project. Pictured below are my trophies and medals.

Could you explain you math wars please?

Christy, I’m sorry about taking so long to get back to you. For Math Fact races, I would test students on all of their math facts each quarter using a sheet that has every single math fact. On this sheet the math facts do not repeat. Each fact is listed at least once without being a turn around fact (commutative property). I would take the class average each time we held the math fact races and the highest averages would be the class winners. Let me know if you have any other questions about this. Now what I do is I hold math fact races using Reflex Math (web based computer program) which is soooooooo much easier. I am actually planning to do a post about this since I am having the end of year reward parties this week so come back in a few days for photos of what I have done this year. Do you have Reflex Math at your school?