Bitsy, I do a behavor party every Friday, last hour or hour and a half of school. I teach a suspension/expulsion alternative class of 6,7,8 graders. I also teach English to the 9-12 group.
We do checkers tournaments. Set up soccer agaist the staff.
have a picnic with another class on west campus (we are at a center school with mentally and physically disabled students although we are regular ed)
watch a move
go for extended walks
We are not allowed to go on field trips because of the money crunch, but we used to do that twice a year.
Students have to achieve an 80% or better and complet all their work to participate. The others have to stay in their seats and do work (ususally make up work)
I am always open to suggestions. You are so right about the being little hams. They love to perform.
We have videotaped the class and then watched the class during behavior party to see what they did.
Great idea you had!!!