Monday, June 19, 2017

"Your'e a Smart Cookie" Jar: An End of the Year Gift

One of our classroom themes this year was Our "Smart Cookie" Sight Word Incentive. My first graders went home each week with a Smart Cookie Sight word ring that included a set of 5-7 words. I met with each student on a weekly basis for their sight word assessment.  For every word they were able to read on sight, they received one "smart cookie" -- You guessed it: Cookie Crisp cereal!

I promise, this incentive system truly worked to motivate my students to learn their sight words each week.  They did not want to miss out on earning their smart cookies!

So of course, as an end of the year gift, I created a "Smart Cookie" jar just for them!

They were thrilled! Seeing their faces as they laid their eyes on 20 cookies jars was priceless!

It was well worth the small investment of approximately $15! I purchased the containers at the Dollar Tree and bought 3 boxes of Cookie Crisp which was enough to fill their cookie jars right up to the top!

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  1. This is adorable. I could imagine all the smiles. :-)

  2. This is such a cute idea! I like how your end of year gift was a follow through on the incentive you had all year with your kiddos. You are one smart cookie for thinking of this. :) This was not only a special gift from their teacher, but a meaningful gift as well since it connected to their hard work and goals all year! Fantastic!

    1. Thank you for your kind words! It was a great culmination of all their hard work. I saved the covers for their sight word rings and used them as the cookie jar lid. It worked out perfectly!