2 for Tuesday

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
2 for Tuesday

I am so excited to be linking up with Chalk One Up for the Teacher for another 2 for Tuesday!

This week, I am featuring new products in my store!  They are all about place value and perfect for getting ready for B2S!  Check them out below!

Let's check these out a little closer!

Place Value Standard Form- Mix 'N Match

If you are interested in either of these products, they will be 50% through tomorrow!  Click on the headers to purchase the product!


Classroom Decor- Monday Made It

Monday, July 6, 2015
My New Classroom Decor 

Monday Made-It

July 6, 2015

This Monday Made-It is all about my classroom decor!  I am so excited about sharing this with you and I will have more to share in the future!  I can't wait to decorate my classroom with my 80's theme, but you may find some inspiration with your theme!

My classroom has desks (I would prefer tables), but we don't have the space and the students have to be separated during state testing.  Anyways, I like to cluster my students.  My goal last year was to have the students in groups with supply caddies and storage drawers.  That didn't happen, so I am hoping that matching decor will help me stay organized!

I bought these fan decorations from Party City.  I tell you what, this was a challenge!  I had to search several aisles before I could find what I was looking for and then I had to stand on the shelves to reach it (barely)!  I love that there are 5 and they are each different colors.

Next, I needed some signs that I could put on the fans.  I found a lot of items from The Teaching Sweet Shoppe that coordinate with my 80's theme.  I found these team signs and knew they would be perfect.  I printed 2 copies of each #s 1-5.  I didn't think about the fact that they would be a large size, so I had to do some trimming, but it all worked out well!

I then laminated and cut them out.  I fired up the hot glue gun and put a little glue in the middle and adhered them to the paper fans.  


I also made the labels for my supply caddies.  I found these supply caddies at the Target Dollar Spot and these labels are from The Teaching Sweet Shoppe file mentioned above.

Okay, so I know I said this is all about my classroom decor, but I just finished up a new product, so I have to share it with you!
For my last Monday Made-It, I created a new product for the TPT Seller Challenge, Week 3!  Since I will be teaching a 3/4 split next year, I need some products that my 3rd graders can use!  I decided to make a Place Value Task Card set, but here is the kicker!  It's a Mix 'N Match version!  The task cards come in color and black/version, so you can print what you want for your class!  The students will need to convert from word form and expanded form to standard (number) form.  You can use the task cards as 2 different sets or mix 'n match the task cards.  Either way the answer will be the same!  

Here is an example:

This set will be on sale 50% until July 7th at 12PM, EST!  Don't delay, grab yours today!  Click here or on the picture above to be taken to the product!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Monday Made-It!  Make sure to check the other makers at Fourth Grade Frolics!

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Improve Your Classroom

Classroom Improvements

I just discovered this linky, #2getherwearebetter, hosted by Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd and Lucky Little Learners!  This month, the focus is on classroom improvements!

I can't believe that it is already July and I feel like I have so much to do before school starts in a little over a month!  EEK!  Last year was my first year back in the classroom, after being in the media center for 4 years.  Before that I was working at a university, so needless to say, things had changed A LOT in the world of classrooms!

I am constantly thinking of ways I can improve my classroom and lessons, so this seems like a great link-up!

Now, I will start by saying I am awful about taking pictures!  I really need to work on that.  That's a classroom improvement, right?!


I am great at arranging student desks into clusters, but I did not like the way the rest of my room was arranged.  I had my teacher desk in the corner, which faced toward the students, but I felt very far away from them.  Although, there were moments that I needed some peace and serenity!  In front of my desk was a large table.  It basically became a table for catch-all!  Not what I wanted! Over to the right of that, I had my small group table and a bookcase. I put the bookcase there to have shelves available for small group materials.  It basically became a mess of stuff!  I think you can see some of what I am talking about in these pictures...

I have been going back and forth about my teacher desk.  I have read about a lot of teachers that have rid themselves of their desks, but I can't decide.  First, I would have to check and see if there is a place that my school has to store the desk.  My other thought is, where would I put my laptop and printer?  Those are the most important items on my desk and I would need something to put them on in order to keep them safe.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

I would like for the big table to become...something. It may become a table for center work...that seems like the best use for it!

Bulletin Boards

I would like to make better use for my bulletin boards.

This bulletin board stayed like this all year!  BAD BAD BAD!  It started as a way to improve multiplication facts fluency and showcase their skills!  Then we received a grant for a math fact program, which is AWESOME, and this bulletin board fell by the wayside.  I would like to make this my Reading and Math rotations board, so that I can use the other bulletin boards for more important things.

This bulletin board changed throughout the year, but again, fell by the wayside at the end of the year.  The students used the anchor charts for review of concepts, but I would like to make it more interactive...see below for a great post about utilizing bulletin boards.

This bulletin board is kind of tucked away behind my desk, so it was not convenient for the students...that teacher desk is in the way...

This bulletin board held our classroom jobs and calendar all year...I am trying to come up with a way to change up this bulletin board as well!

Here is a great post about making bulletin boards interactive.  I love the ideas!

Any thoughts or suggestions on arrangement and bulletin boards would be wonderful!

Link up with Angie and Ashley and check out other link-ups for ideas or to give suggestions!


TPT Seller Challege Week 3: Make Your Masterpiece

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
TPT Seller Challenge Week 3: Make Your Masterpiece


I'm baaaaack!  It's week 3 of the TPT Seller Challenge!  Here is what we need to do this week...

At the beginning of the summer, I finished reading Donalyn Miller's, The Book Whisperer.  It is a great read and I highly recommend it.  I already purchased her book Reading in the Wild.  Anywho, in her book she challenges the students to read 40 books each year, spanning different genres.  I thought this would be a great idea to implement with my class this year, so I decided to create a bulletin board to encourage and motivate my students.  It will be a free product in my TPT store, so feel free to grab it up!  Please leave feedback and let me know what you think.  It will include a header, recording sheet, #of books read headers, and a place for students to sign their names.  I would love for someone to swap with me and let me know what you think.  I made this one in neon colors to coordinate with my classroom theme.

Main Bulletin Board Header

Headers for the number of books read:

Recording Sheet

Bulletin Board Sheets for students to record their names under books read banners

Click here to download for free!

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