Sparking Student Motivation to Love Your School!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Friends!  It is so nice to have the extra day coming up for picnics, parties, and just plain fun.  My family is going to see Godzilla this weekend, and I am uber excited!
Before we head out to the market, movies and more mayhem, I'm linking up with one of my BBBs to share a little motivation for our incoming fifth grade students.
Next week the fifth grades will be coming to our school for a tour and orientation.  My team is not participating this year because there are 6 teams and 5 elementary schools.  We drew the short straw so to speak.  But that didn't stop us from wanting to welcome these new Smarties!
I used this awesome writing sheet from another one of my BBBs Nick at Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason, and we wrote 50 things we love about our school.
First, my Smarties made their own 50 things sheet, which we will put into our Communication Journals after orientation.  I love how they all want to tell the 5th graders how much more freedom they will have!
Then, each student chose two of their favorites, with NO repeats to add to the class poster.  We hung them up in the hallway so the fifth grade students could see how awesome our school, and team was!
This was a great reflection piece for my kiddoes, even when they didn't know they were reflecting about the school year! 
I'm going to use Nick's awesome 50 things I love in the fall instead of my heart map for writing.  My students see a lot of heart maps before they get to me, and this class was over it when I started my writer's notebook.  I think this fun worksheet will be a perfect fit.  You can go {HERE} and grab it if it motivated you!  It's FREE!  be sure leave my buddy some feedback though, because he is awesome like that!
Stop by and visit Joanne at Head over Heels for Teaching for other ways to keep your students motivated as you end the school year!


  1. I love your 50 things they love about your school posters! What a great reflection tool and proof that they really do enjoy school (even if they don't want to admit it!). The new students will feel so welcomed! I also like your idea about using it at the beginning of the year too-I hope I can remember! Thanks for sharing and linking up BBB!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. I like this idea. I used Nick's 50 things graphic organizer at the beginning of the year with my kiddos. They loved it! HAPPY WEEKEND, my fabulous friend!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I love the 50 things idea! They came out awesome!! So colorful! :) Have a fabulous three day weekend, BBB! xxoo
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  4. Awesome use of Nick's organizer!! Always thinking outside the box :)

  5. I love the poster sized one! I think my school's print shop can do that, and I think I'll have no choice but to do that myself next fall!

    Thanks for shout out, and I'm glad organizer was useful!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason
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