Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Made It! and A SALE!

I am finally able to get in my classroom and get started on Wednesday! Whoohoo! (I am so excited to get in there and decorate a brand new room!) Since I only have three days this week and I'll be on vacay at the beach and then in NY for a family wedding I needed to get as much done at home so I can just hang it up this week! So, needless to say, I have been busy trying to get everything made and laminated. (Buying my own laminator at Wal-Mart has been a huge help and totally worth the 30 bucks!)

Before I show you my Monday Made It Projects from this week I wanted to share a fun way that I rewarded students for reading last year when I had "Camp Lane!" (More on Camp Lane tomorrow....)
I was inspired by all the little girl scouts in my class and their adorable "swaps." Well, my Super Volunteer and I created our Camp Lane Reading Hats. The students would earn pins for moving up reading levels, AR Points, and completing their weekly reading logs.  Here are some pics of our "Camp  Hats." The students LOVED their hats (they even asked to wear them outside the classroom!!) and would wear them everyday during Reading Workshop. It was such a fun and motivation way to keep track of their reading!


One of my little campers sporting her hat at home! Gotta LOVE it! 

It's amazing what foam, glitter and googly eyes can do!!! The OWL was the biggest one and represented the
grade level benchmark! All my kiddos earned their OWLS!! =)

Rockin' her hat over the summer! I am getting back to my new theme "WIRED FOR SUCCESS!" and linking up with Fourth Grade Frolics for Monday Made Its!

Project #1 HUGE iPad for the hallway

I am going to put this bad boy up in the hallway as part of my display. I'm still trying to think of a creative and cute saying. Maybe "Our "APPS"olute Best Work!" I'm not sold on the saying so if you have a great one that would work, please let me know!!

All I did was take a foam poster board, cover it with wrapping paper. Then I glued black paper down as the background, cut out some "apps" and a circle and square for the bottom button and VOILA. I have a life-size iPad for the hallway. 

Project #2 Finish Book Bins

I finally found enough book bins at Big Lots! (I think I took about 20 trips their this week and even had their truck schedule down...). I used Velcro to adhere the labels so that way I can change them out as the nuggets move up! You can check out my post from last week or visit my Teachers Notebook store to grab a FREE copy of my labels. 

Project #3 Classroom Jobs and Clips!

I created my classroom jobs a while back but just got around to printing and laminating them this week. You can grab a copy of my iPod Classroom jobs here in my TpT store! I wanted to create enough classroom jobs for everyone (or almost everyone) to have one. I will just move the clips over one job after the kiddos leave on Friday, so they will have a new job on Monday. The students who are "on vacation" will keep their clips at the bottom on the ribbon. This way I don't have to "think" too much about jobs each week! Just a quick move! 

Here is how I created my job chart and clips!

Job Chart:
1. Print, cut, and laminate jobs. 
2. Glue/Tape the jobs together and put a little ribbon on the top and bottom to hang. I am going to put the clips of those without a weekly job at the bottom so I can keep them in rotation. 

1. I bought some clothespins at the Dollar Tree and they come all nice and neat in a row. 
2. I painted the clips with white acryllic paint. 
3. I spray painted with glitter paint I found at Hobby Lobby. 
4. Let them DRY!
5. While the clips are drying, print out numbers. (You can grab them HERE for FREE!)
6. Laminate and cut out numbers. 
7. Hot glue numbers to clothespins when they are dry. 

Project #4: Table Numbers and Cubbie Numbers

I printed out my table numbers that you can grab from my TpT store. All I did was add some scrapbook paper and laminate. Now I'm all ready to hang them from the ceiling in the classroom. For the cubbie numbers I just created some iPods and added the numbers. Ginger from GingerSnaps has some adorable iPod graphics that you should check out!  

Ok, time to spend some quality time with my lesson plans and try to get the first week or two planned! Or maybe I'll take a break from school stuff to watch Team USA! I'm lovin' the volleyball right now! I wish I still played!! 

EVERYTHING in my TPT STORE IS 20% percent off for the last two days of July!!!


  1. what a cute theme!!! everything looks awesome!!!

    Hodges Herald

  2. Wow I fell in love with your glam clothespins - I have loved learning how to use these crafty teacher supertools in so many ways this summer. Just pinned this glittery gem, thanks for sharing!
    Your Newest Follower,
    :) Antonia @ forkin4th

  3. I love your reading hat and the way you've set up your classroom jobs.

  4. I love your theme. How creative!! The hat is just adorable. I am your newest follower!! I would love for you to stop by for a visit!!

  5. I love the NEON!!! How about This Work Deserves 'App'lause! for your giant ipad?


    1. I love it!!! I already put it up and it says "Our APPSolute Best!"...I'm considering changing it now! =) Or using that inside the classroom!

  6. :) I'm having the same issue with my welcome banner... I think I will have 2 now! Glad you like it!

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