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Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Made It - Barely

Does your school have back to school night on the 1st day? Ours did.  I always struggled with mixing assessments, routine and procedures, and a display of the kiddos work in 1 day.  For the most part we never got a whole lot done.  I mean . . . on a half day, then add an assessment in between routine and procedure throughout the day then be ready for back to school night 4 hours later?  That's how this little ditti was born.  Then it got out of control! I had to reign it back in.  Plus it seemed like it was taking forever and 10 days!  I finished it on time for the Monday Made It! I actually am not making much of anything for my classroom (boo hoo) because I still have no idea what my room looks like or what is in there.  Scary - I know! Talk about anxiety.  I put a FREEBIE at the bottom of this post for putting up with my NON-CLASSROOM creations and my Non-HOME crafts.

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I understand that some teachers do more notebooking and some do more craftivities and some prefer the print & go due to resources and time.  You can look at all the components of this unit HERE to see what is included in this 96 page unit.  

Ten Frames, Ten Strips, Name Game, Student Book, Briefcase, File folder assessment & Display, Graphs, Letter Sort, . . .etc. etc., Math Vocab. Cards to go with the Mix & Mingle Name activity.  Told you.  I had to reign it in!
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I don't know about you but I like to mix it up so there are so many options and choices for each activity.  Below is a link to a FREE graph and Math Vocabulary cards for the graph in this unit that is Not included in the preview on TPT or you can go HERE to see more of what is included!
Back to School Freebie

Happy Monday!  Head over to 4th Grade Frolics for more inspiration and FUN!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It - I Spy Bags Quick, Easy, & Cheap!

I am excited to show you these "I Spy" bags but I worn you they can be addicting.  The I spy bags I made for literacy centers so it puts a spin on your typical worksheet and turns it into an interactive recording sheet. When I went to make these It started with inspiration from my kiddos from last year.  They had this obsession with the I Spy books in the class.  At the end of the year they were supposed to be reading to someone while I finished assessing and I would look up and there would be the same 4 students (each and every day) with the I Spy Books hunting for pictures and they were LOUD!  So I would get up an go look at what they were doing because they were just having sooooo much fun when they were supposed to be reading to someone not playing in a group! I would get up and go look being very annoyed but when I would return I would be so happy because they were reading the words and hunting for the pictures and they were having so much fun reading! Did I mention 1 of the students was the lowest in my class and the other was a very disengaged student?  So this made me so happy.  They would be very happy with these activities. I will be adding a Free I Spy class book activity to this blog soon but I have to get packing my house and class!  I am moving soon and have NOT packed a thing! 
*** Tutorial is further down and links to a free I Spy student reader is there too!***

I Spy Back to School 1st Grade
I got picture happy because they were so fun!
Back To School First Grade
 I went on a mission to Hobby Lobby for Duct Tape and seriously  that store can cause issues because they had so many cute duct tape rolls I had to stop myself (do not use anything but duct tape on these.  Scotch tape will come off)! I was supposed to get in and get out with 3 items and $42.00 later - I left.  Whatever.  I am sure I will find good use for all the things I absolutely did not probably need.
Back to school 1st Grade
You can click on the pictures below or the link HERE for the printable instructions for the I Spy Bags.  I also have a Free I Spy book HERE if you want it.

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Back To School Review 1st Grade

So some are wanting to know where are the activities to go with the I Spy bags.  If you want to know go HERE.
Download the Preview to see all the components.  Its a back to school review unit that helps with integrating review activities so you can teach routine and procedures too.  A "Back to School Guide" for the unit is included in the preview too.

I haven't made this yet but I am going to put it out there for next week and see if I can hold myself to it.  I have 4 vintage/antique iron parlor chairs in need of redoing and they have been outside for about 3 years now.  I also have an antique trunk that I have toted around for about 10 years and I shove it in the closet.  I need to redo them before we move or I may just very well have to give them away because I don't think my spouse will agree with moving those things just to shove them in a closet and stick 4 ugly chairs outside so stay tuned . . . Next Monday.  Cross my fingers!
Click on the Button at the top to go to more inspirational finds at 4th Grade Frolics.

Monday, July 14, 2014

TpT Conference - 5 Tips Learned

I am linking up to share 5 things I learned at the TpT conference.  I think this is great since it was impossible to attend all the sessions.  Plus, if you couldn't go, you may pick something up.

The conference was fun and I really enjoyed Erin Cob's session from Lovin' Lit.  She is so funny and I don't even think she realizes how funny she is.  She is very motivational and friendly.  She was great!  

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I did get to chat with Palma at KFUNdamentals.  She is so sweet and helpful!  I hope you walked away with at least 1 thing from these tips.  Happy MONDAY!

Monday Made It #7 - Don't be Scared!

I really wish I had more to share but I thought I would give you good laugh anyways.  I am linking up again with 4th grade frolics for Monday Made it.  Head over there to find more ideas that inspire and get you motivated.   
Okay, for those of you who don't know, I use to make primitive very folk-arty patterns of dolls and sell them nationally in magazines.  Well, every once in a while it just happens to come out. This time it just came out at the wrong time.  I drew up these cute little shape characters and they are rather cute I tell you in pencil until I tried let me reiterate that . . . I T-R-I-E-D to color it which I have no experience of doing on the computer and probably have no business doing.  Go ahead, you can laugh but I have a feeling the kids would be crying and running! Needless to say I put them aside for now.

These guys above is exactly why I signed up for Melonheadz session at the TPT conference.  She is a very neat person and was AMAZING! but I still don't think I will be doing clip art anytime soon - I just like to doodle - A LOT.  She did give these out at her session which was awfully sweet.

I made business cards to take to the TpT Conference in Vegas.  I did it at the last minute because I wasn't sure if I was going to go.  Here is a picture of the front and the back the gray is not on it I just added it here to give a border.  I pretty much just took things off my blog because I was out of time and it was 1 in the morning.  Here is the problem with doing important things in the middle of the night:
1) You might forget to add your name (duh)
2) You might forget to add your email addrees (duh #2)
but I got the fancy QR codes ??????
Business Cards

Being that I still haven't packed up my classroom for the BIG move, I decided to organize all of my stuff I haven't put back for the past 8 years.  I have a really bad habit of laying things down and making piles (LARGE piles) and then making double copies and in my case I found 5 copies of the same book - I KNOW. So I made and am still making more covers for my binders as I organize.  Here is the start of them. I am doing the LA in one color, the math in another, and so on.
Binder Covers and Spines

I am off to go catch up on the inspiration at 4th grade Frolics - I read something about books and bracelets and figure I must have missed something great! I  looooove bracelets!


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