Spark Student Motivation: Smart Cookies

Today is my last Saturday of summer freedom :)
Hubby and I have a fun-filled day planned: a trip to the bakery, a morning spent poking around antique shops, and then an afternoon of movie marathons in pajamas! 
But first, I wanted to link up with my bud, Joanne, to share an idea to motivate my students:
I shared this picture yesterday in my Classroom Reveal post.
Here is the door to my classroom:
I found this cute "Smart Cookies" display at Target for only $3.
Can someone say bargain?
To build on this theme, I have prepared little treat bags for my students on the first day of school:
So easy and inexpensive - and the kids will love me from Day 1! :) 
I have also created these little note cards to send home to students and parents throughout the year:
*also includes a black and white version*
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Five for Friday: Classroom Reveal! :)

Hello my blogging buddies! 
Phew! This little teacher is plum-tuckered out :)
I just finished my last week of classroom prep and my 24 fifth graders arrive, bright-eyed and eager, on Tuesday morning!
I cannot wait!!! :)

For my "Five for Friday" this week, I am going to be doing my long-awaited Classroom Reveal! ENJOY! :)

Here are some "Before" shots when I first walked
into my new classroom:

Drum Roll Please..........
Here's a tour of my classroom!

I got this cute "Smart Cookie" display at Target for only $3! :)

Here' the inside of my door:
Each student has an airplane with their name on it.

View from the door:
I found these cute passport cutouts and
decided to use them as my name tags:
Isn't Remington an epic name? :)
Check-in Center:
This is where students will turn their homework in each morning:
When a student needs to go to the bathroom, they put the hand sanitizer bottle on their desk. When they return, they squirt some on their hands and put it back.
 Lunch Options:
 Mystery Soldiers board
(you can read about it HERE)
Front of the classroom: 
My travel-themed behavior clip chart
It is available from my TpT store here.
 Here is a close-up of my "Road to Comprehension" Charts:

 My Classroom Library:

My VOICES and CRAFT area
*Acronym decor from the talented Ladybug Teacher Files 
 My desk area:
  My Helper Desk: 
I am so blessed with a daily high school Teacher Assistant
AND a parent helper coming in three times a week :)
 View from my desk:
 Baggage Claim:
This is where students will hang their backpacks
 Each student has a suitcase with their number on it beside their hook:
These numbered tags are available in my store for only $1

Cabinet/Sink Area:
 Over the sink: 
These fabulous "We Believe" statements were made by the fabulous Catherine at "The Brown-Bag Teacher"
I snagged them during the Back-to-School Sale!
Partition Wall
One of the walls in my classroom is a partition wall.
At first I was bummed and a little mystified about what to do with it. UNTIL I found out it is...MAGNETIC!
Ah the world of possibilities :)
I bought the huge foam display boards and hot glued super-duper magnets to the back. Instant displays!
Along the wall, I have my drawer of extra supplies that the students can borrow: 
 I use duct tape to label all of the supplies that are mine and should not be in the students' desks.
Whew - Thanks for sticking with me!
I am so excited about this school year!
But first...I need a nap :)

Must-Read Mentor Text: The Wright Brothers

One of our first social studies units of the year has has to do with modern transportation, focusing primarily on Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers. Studying the fathers of flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright, is one of my students' favorite times of the year - probably because they get to create a paper airplane :) 
Having recently moved to the aviation capital of the country, last week I had the opportunity to go to the Museum of Flight, an incredible museum, chronicling the history of aviation. 
Here are some pictures from my trip:
Orville Wright, testing out his glider
Here I am standing beside a prototype of the Flyer,
the airplane invented by the Wright Brothers
 The main room we toured:
Hubby and I standing outside of Air Force One!  
If you leave anywhere near the Seattle area,
it is definitely worth the visit!
Now, back to the real reason for this post...
I wanted to share a couple of great books that I use when teaching about these innovative Wright brothers:
DK Readers books is one of my favorite series because they are thorough, interesting, and perfect for upper elementary students. I don't usually read them to my students in one sitting, but will either pick and choose sections to share or read the entire book over 2 or 3 days.
Here are some sneak peeks inside the book:
Wilbur and Orville Wright were bicycle mechanics, and it was their expertise on cycles that helped form the concept of an airplane
After many years of designing and creating prototypes, testing, succeeding and failing, the Wright Brothers had their first successful sustained flight in Kitty Hawk, NC in 1903.

I also stumbled onto this awesome book that I use in conjunction with the other one: 

This is a fabulous book, told from the perspective of Orville and Wilbur's younger sister, Katherine, written by the famous Jane Yolen. 
It is a sweet story of the incredible fear, told from a young girl's perspective. It is definitely worth getting for your library. 

I am working on a full packet of activities, but it isn't quite ready yet, so in the meantime, how about a freebie?!?
~Answer Key Included~
Click HERE to grab your FREEBIE.
If you download it, please leave feedback :)
Happy Sunday, my friends!
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