A middle-school math teacher in California says she uses classroom themes to engage her students in lessons. Karla Beeman's has developed themes around the television show "Survivor," NASCAR and the board game Candy Land. "They play for rewards like a trip to the treasure chest, a seat change coupon, homework coupon or food," Beeman said of the "Survivor" theme. "I have also incorporated Chapter Test 'Immunity,' which means that the student who receives the highest score from the previous chapter test wins 'Immunity' from taking the next test."

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