Monday, June 8, 2015

The First Monday Made It of the Summer!

School may not be out for me yet, but I still had time to do a few little projects this week to link up with...
My son finished school on Friday, and I still have a week to go.  I think I can, I think I can!
Here are a few of my recent projects.  First of all, I was accidentally shopping in a section of a store with red carts that has items for $1 and $3.  I saw this little table top easel with a chalkboard on one side and a whiteboard on the other.  Of course, I had to have it.  Sadly, the wood was unfinished and was totally un-festive.
 I grabbed a little bright blue paint and jazzed it up a bit (and also got blue paint on my shirt--and now I need suggestions for how to use this little guy!  Chime in!

So the next little "sort of" crafty thing I did was to put together a little gift bag for a little sister of one of my son's friends (did you get that?) who has agreed to come help me in my classroom today!  I put a bunch of treats in there for her and she is going to help tidy up my library and some other tedious things.
I made a new basket for books that I am going to use next year.  Instead of having students NOT take their time to put books away carefully (despite my easy system), they can choose to put them in here and the library team will put them away correctly.  

OK.  So this is a weird "Made It", but I am SO frustrated with myself about my eating habits.  Back a million years and 30 pounds ago, I did Weight Watchers and I remember the most important thing for me was tracking my food so I made myself a little food tracker.  I printed off the first week and will assess and see how it goes.  My goal?  At lest 8 pounds GONE by July 7.  GONE.  FOREVER.
It's that time of the year again, and I love to give my students a book and a personalized bookmark to send them on their way.  Last year I made something similar, and my students seemed to like them so I did it again.  I made a stack of some of our favorite read aloud books, took a picture, and then used that as the "clip art" for their bookmarks.  I used a Beverly Cleary quotation about reading, added their name, laminated them, added a ribbon, and VOILA!  I'll stick each one inside a book to give them on the last day.


Finally, my students had been BEGGING for another Thinker Task so I worked and worked on this one, they tested it--and it's ready!  If you already own the bundle of Thinker Tasks, make sure to go download it now that task #7 has been added!

Anyhoo--NEXT week I am hoping to have a rather cool "Monday Made It" so be ready!  Thanks to Fourth Grade Frolics for the weekly fun all summer long!  Click the image at the top of the post to take you to ALL the other great ideas!

19 comments:

  1. Wow! Productive!! I love how you described that "red" black hole of a place, but that was an awesome find and I would have done the exact same thing (and then I'd be in the same boat of wondering what to do with it haha) If I think of anything, I'll let you know! Also, I have a book bin like that for all my books and my library team (don't call them that but I will start next year!) does it- it keeps kids moving in and out and I know books are being returned correctly. Can't wait to see what you are create next week!

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    1. Thanks, Keli! That store is SO dangerous!

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  2. I think you get the Most Productive award! Love those bookmarks!
    As far as your little table top easel...could you use it to write directions for a center task? Or have a fun quote on it? Maybe a question for the kids to ponder as they unpack in the mornings?

    Learning at the Teacher Table

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    1. The quote idea is good...I did think about it for directions. We shall see what unfolds next year!

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  3. I have several of those chalkboards! In fact, I used one in my made-it post! I didn't finish them though. Because I have a lot of chalkboards in my wedding and all of them were unfinished...so I decided to save myself some time and keep them that way! :D I am so intrigued by your thinker tasks! I think my high flyers would love them...off to check them out!
    Lindsey
    Miss Johnston's Journey
    L. Paull Designs for All

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    1. Thanks, Lindsey--I need to go check out your post!

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  4. You have been very busy! I love the bookmarks, that is one of my favorite quotes from Beverly Cleary!

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  5. I love the book bin idea for returning books to the classroom library! Definitely adding that one to my to do list. Heading over to check out your thinker tasks now. Good luck for your last week!
    ♬Kay
    On the Trail of Learning

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    1. Thanks, Kay--I'm hoping it works to help keep the library running smoothly!

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  6. WOW!!!!! I agree you should get the "Busy Bee" award!!! As for the chalkboards, I would use them in groups - to put steps to a task, a quote, a piece of paper for them to create an anchor chart, etc. I love the bookmarks! What a great idea! I also love how you personalized them not just with their names but with the favorite read alouds! I am very intrigued by your Thinker Tasks! I don't teach math, but will be passing that along to my math teachers!

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    1. Thanks so much for all your kind words, Becky!

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  7. Those book marks are too cute.

    Do you have a post dedicated to those thinker tasks? I would love to read more about them.

    elainaaweaver@gmail.com

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    1. I do have a few posts...if you go to the "Search" function on the blog and put in thinker tasks a few pop up...here are a few links. http://www.theteacherstudio.com/2015/04/thinker-tasks-open-ended-problem-solving.html and http://www.theteacherstudio.com/2015/02/we-love-problem-solving-seriously.html and http://www.theteacherstudio.com/2014/11/open-ended-problem-solving-holiday.html and http://www.theteacherstudio.com/2014/09/major-problem-solving-situation-success.html. Hope this helps!

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  8. Wow! What great ideas! Thank you for sharing! I love the easel.
    Laura
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

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  9. I can't believe you're still in school and managed to get all these "Made Its" done!! Your students are so lucky to have you as their teacher! I HATE writing down what I eat, too, but find it's one of the only ways I can stay accountable. I use My Fitness Pal app; it's just like Weight Watchers app, but it's free. Good luck! :)

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    1. Kathie...I may have to get back into using that. I tried and failed this winter...but I'm trying to stay motivated this summer!

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  10. I LOVE those bookmarks! They are a perfect student gift and super adorable too!

    Jill
    ABCs and Polkadots

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