Monday Made It! Cookin' and Craftin'!

It is hard to believe, but another week has gone by and it it's time to link up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics!

So the first "made it" isn't very exciting to the average human but...
...for someone who lived without her oven for a month, this is big!  I finally got my new oven so I can actually cook and bake again!  Check OUT this bad boy!

My first "made its" from the new oven?
Hot beef for sandwiches on pretzel rolls.  MMMMMM!!!
Berry muffins!
One thing I have done in my class every year for AT LEAST 15 years is my "Unique of the Week".  Some people call it "Star of the Week" or "Student of the Week" know the drill.  What I do is send home a bag each week for the "Unique of the Week" to fill with photos, objects, special memories, and so on--about 10 minutes of sharing time.  During the week, this student gets a special chair to sit in and a few other perks as well!  They fill out a simple form that I have tucked in the bag before sending it home; they share the information on that form before sharing their goodies. We love getting to know each person a little better this way.  I tell the students that they can bring the bag back ANY time during their week.  This helps with students who have crazy weekends or might move from house to house.  After the Unique of the Week shares, I ask the other students the same question every week.

"How many of you have something in common with ____?"

And guess what?  They ALWAYS do!

So what did I do this week?  I made the bag that will be the Unique of the Week bag!
OK...this picture is a fail.  The fabric pain I used on the handle has glitter in it.  I just smoosh it around over the handles and the top margin of the bag to make it sparkle....
I trace the lines lightly in pencil then trace with the fabric paint.
Side one is complete!

The back just has the year and dots...each student after being "Unique of the Week" signs their name by a dot with Sharpie.
Want to grab the freebie with the student form I use?  Click the image below and it's yours!

Finally, I did make one addition to my store over the past week, and I have to say--I'm pretty excited about it!  I have been frustrated in the past with graphing activities that have seemed too "lower level" and fill-in-the-blank-y for my taste.  I thought and thought and finally came up with a set of activities that I think will push students' thinking and deepen understanding about graphs.  Hope you like it!

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  1. I really like your Unique of the Week bag idea. Thanks so much for sharing how you use it!


  2. The pretzel sandwiches look SO GOOD and I love your take on the old "star of the week... Sounds much cooler :)

  3. I have double ovens like that and I LOVE them!! 99% of the time I only use the smaller oven on top and it is amazing how quickly it heats up compared to a full size oven.
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  4. That sandwich looks absolutely scrumptious! I would like to eat one of those....every day! Glad you got a new oven!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. I love that your oven is BLUE on the inside! Great idea on the graphing resource, too!

    Heather Q
    My Clever Endeavors