I have fallen off the blogging boat this past week. Things have just been out of hand. I have been beyond busy, I go back officially in 2 weeks, and I have a mile long to do list. So forgive me for being completely out of it. I am a few posts behind on Teach Like a Pirate too, but I have the notes all written, so I will try to get them all typed. I also have to get my huge giveaway set up. It is coming sometime this week I promise. But I am taking a break from stressing to share some Monday Made Its.
I have quite a few because it has been a couple weeks since I linked up.
1. Chart Paper Holder- idea from Mrs. Jones Teaches.
2. Letter organization box- idea from A Teeny Tiny Teacher
There is absolutely nothing fabulously cute about this one. But it is such a smart idea. I have struggled with my bulletin board letters for years. I would get so fed up they would just be scattered all over the place. Then last year I got this bright idea to give each letter a Ziploc bag and store all the bags in a plastic shoe box. It was working ok except it was a pain to have to take out 12 bags until I got to the letter M. And then put them back in order. And then I saw this post. Well DUH Gina. Off to Hobby Lobby I went, got myself a cute box, and am so excited. Mine didn't come with a lot of index cards so I just used some large plain index cards to make dividers. I did capital and lowercase of each letter. Nothing fancy and I didn't have time to make it cute, but it is functional, and that is what matters.
3. Where are we sign-idea from Teaching with a Touch of Twang
Now the concept of the where are we sign was not new to me. But being in the trailer the past three years, I could never have one because if I hung it outside my window...it would be OUTSIDE. But I am finally moving back into a class and knew I needed to make one of these. But this one did not come easy. I went outside to spray paint it quickly. Should have been a no brainer. What I didn't realize was that it was windy and starting to rain. So all of a sudden I had grass and water drops on my pan. I was so mad I almost threw it out. I gained my composure and got some regular black paint, and painted it like a normal person. I printed the labels from my Pirate Pop Decor set and used cute stickers for the title. I am going to use a glitter clothespin to mark where we are (they are packed away somewhere) and hang it outside my class door. I just have to add my ribbon.
4. Student book marks- found in my Pirate Pop Decor Set
I always give my kids bookmarks but I wanted something to match my theme this year. So I made these with a Walt Disney quote on them (of course) and will be giving them out on the first day of school.
5. Daily 5 signs- found in my TpT Store
I like to label where the different areas are and of course had to match my theme. I made separate ones for my own class that say Teacher (where I will meet with kids) and Computers (because my kids will go to computers during D5).
6. Library checkout sticks
For the past 4 years I have used laminated construction paper for my kids to check out library books. They would put the card where their book came from. This way they would know exactly where their book came from. Last year we lost a couple numbers (probably inside books somewhere) and I decided I needed something cuter. So I made these sticks. I just painted some craft sticks and glued on the number cards (again, in my decor set).
7. Behavior Clip Chart- from The Printable Princess
Ok all I did was print and laminate and put together this one. But I LOVE it! I am so glad that someone already had a super cute pirate themed one so that I didn't have to actually make one myself. And I love the recording sheet that comes with it.
8. Group baskets
I always have an issue with supplies. But I think this year I might have the solution. We use class supplies. Everyone's glue sticks, pencils, dry erase markers all come from the same pile. (They keep their own crayons, colored pencils, markers, and scissors.) So this year, I have decided to be the supply police. ALL of my supplies that are CLASS supplies are going to be labeled with patterned duct tape. Each group has a bucket. And what you see in the pictures above is how they will be organized. I found the baskets on clearance for $1.50 at Hobby Lobby, cups at the Dollar Tree, and the small containers were a pack of 4 or 5 at Hobby Lobby.
9. Personal Word Walls
I make my kids personal word walls every year. Except usually they aren't so cute. Just some boxes on a file folder. I finally decided to cutesy the idea up and made personal word walls for each grade. Clicking the image above will take you to all of the word walls.
10. Daily 5 Detectives
While reading the Daily 5 book I decided to make some activities that I can use while teaching each different part of the D5 to my students. These are in my TpT store for free and you can find them all by clicking on the image above.
11. My Teacher's Secret Life activity
I heard of this book at some point last year but could NEVER find it. I finally trekked to the public library and found it. Loved it. And ordered my own copy. And then I made a small little pack to go with it for Back to School time. (You can find it by clicking on the image above.)
And because you made it to the end... a picture of my cute daughter helping me do work...