I've subbed many times now but only in K-3 classes (it just worked out that way) but I'm going to a 5th grade class in a few days and was wondering how to motivate this age group. With the younger kids, I use stickers as an incentive and I also draw a gumball machine on the board which they have to fill up (they earn "gumballs" by listening quietly, following directions, etc.). I thought of giving free time but the schedule doesn't always allow for that and I hate to promise something and not carry through. I also thought about buying erasers or pencils but I don't feel like I should have to spend my money on that...what does everyone think? What's worked for you in fifth grade? Thanks in advance!