Monday Made It September

Hey, y’all!  I know, I know.  I’ve been pretty much MIA for awhile.  It’s just that I SOOOO enjoyed my summer this year.  I planned on doing so many projects and getting more schoolwork done…BUT…that didn’t happen.  I just took some REAL time off from school and enjoyed EVERY bit of it.  So…now I’m getting my groove back.  No, I’m not Stella…but…you know…  😉

I’m linking up for the first time since probably April for Tara’s Monday Made It.  I missed out on all of the weekly MMI’s, but I’m back in business and should be linking up each month now.  Yay for Monday Made It!!





First up is our bathroom redo.  We moved into a foreclosure almost a year ago….and wow…it needed some WORK.  Like…SERIOUS work!  So much that we got burned out pretty quickly after repainting the entire upstairs in one weekend!  We did some things here and there, but we still have a long way to go.

I included the top picture so that you could see what a transformation it was from old to “new.”  It was just gross!  This is our little guy’s bathroom.  I’m totally LOVING those floors!  We put them in ourselves.  Yep!  Who knew I would become a professional DIYer, too?  I wear many hats!





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I created these little guys earlier this week to use in our classroom library.  I’m SO DONE with students putting their books back into the wrong baskets.  I’m too OCD for that…ain’t nobody got time for that!  Right?  Am I right?!?!?  So these little gems go on the basket where students pull their books.  It’s such a simple idea…and I stole it from someone on IG.  I don’t remember who or I would totally give them the credit.  GENIUS!!

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Of course, I HAD to use Melonheadz clipart.  She’s AH-mazing!  Love, love, LOVE her schtuff!


Ok, so my #3 is a series of things that I’ve put up on my walls this past week.  A couple of anchor charts and my Specials rotation board.  We’ll get to that in a minute.

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Both of these charts will stay up in my room ALL. YEAR. LONG.  Do your kids ever “forget” how to choose a book?  Oh, and I know the NEVER forget what Independent Reading looks like!  HA!  Yeah…mine, either!  So…these are little reminders to keep them on track throughout the year.  No more excuses, kids!  Ain’t nobody got time for that, either!  :)

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And…last, but not least…is my Specials rotation chart.  It’s not *quite* finished because I have to add the days of the week…and I’ll probably change the clipart to the lovely Melonheadz clipart….and I don’t really like that font in the middle….ok, I might change the WHOLE DARN THING….all but the chevron paper.  I like that.  Oh…and the clothespin needs some color, huh?  Yeah….get ready for October MMI…maybe more like Monday REDO It!

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So there you have it.  My MMI for September.  I could have posted more, but I only made my MMI labels to 3.  So again, my OCD wouldn’t allow me to do any more because they would probably be different.  And I’m too lazy to redo them tonight.  Oooooh, that could be added to my October MMI!  Look at me go.  Starting a list already!

I hope your week is off to a great start!  Thanks for stopping by my blog!  If you haven’t already, head over to 4th Grade Frolics and check out some other awesome teacher bloggers who have some really cute stuff, too!  Ta ta for now!


Why, hello there!

It’s been awhile since I’ve sat down to blog much.  It has been crazy chaotic getting students ready for state assessments and creating resources that are fun and engaging to keep them motivated.

As most of you who follow me know, I teach writing and math this year.  Weird combination, I know.  But…it works.  We have been told that next year we will all be self-contained, so I’ll be back to teaching all subjects.  My blog may change a bit due to that, but probably for the better.  I’ll just have to categorize my posts into subjects.

So…our writing test is over (whew!), and our Reading and Math are in two weeks.  We are dropping writing for these next couple of weeks in order to get some serious math prep done.  I have very mixed feelings about it, seeing as writing is my absolute FAVORITE thing to teach, but we will pick up where we left off and do some book publishing at the end of April and pretty much all of May.  That’s always a great way to end the year!

Many of you used my 2 week lesson plans for writing test prep, and hopefully you found it useful and thorough.  I planned on posting my math lesson plans, too, but I left them at school in my haste to leave before the storm hit this afternoon.  :/  I’ll try to get them posted tomorrow.

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At the beginning of March, our school had a PLC meeting to showcase things that teachers are doing in their classrooms that are beneficial to learning.  I was chosen to discuss “challenging student behaviors.”  I was asked to speak about a few things I do in my classroom to help minimize disruptions and keep students on task.  Teachers were put into groups and rotated through our stations.  We had a blast!

One of my favorite things I have incorporated into my classroom (that I stole from Pinterest, of course) is scratch-off tickets.  My kids will do almost ANYTHING for one! I use them for any positive behavior I want to reinforce…staying quiet, being prepared for class, answering questions, asking questions, etc.

I’ve always liked it when I can take something back with me to use immediately after learning about it, so I decided to give the last 2 minutes or so of each of my presentations to allow teachers to make their own scratch-off tickets.  I copied several, laminated them, and cut them out.  I set out different colors of paint on the table for teachers to paint over the rewards they chose, and let them take the tickets with them.

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And now on to my Monday Made It.


I’m linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics again.  If you have never taken the opportunity to head over and check out her monthly linky, I highly suggest that you do.  There are so many neat posts about all kinds of things!



I’ve already posted several of these, but I’ve been hard at work making task cards with QR codes for my students.  They have really enjoyed being able to incorporate technology into their learning.  The funny thing is…they are doing the EXACT same skills, but it’s just more fun because they get to use iPads to check their answers.  And they loved getting into groups to discuss their answers and rules they had learned.

I just finished up a set of new task cards…this time…yep, they are MATH!  😉  You can grab a set in my TpT store if you are interested.  They cover Category 1 of the STAAR Math TEKS, but I know they align to CCSS, too.



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If you are interested, you can grab a set from my TpT store.  **Also, the first 2 people to comment on how you would use them in your classroom will snag a set for free!



I’ve been busy creating posters to go along with my math lessons.  I’m sure you’ve seen these before, but I thought I’d share anyway.  One of them comes from a TpT freebie from Catnip’s Word Walls.  SUPER cute transformation posters!  I printed them small and put them onto one poster, but they are a great visual to my students.

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Gallon King: To help students with capacity

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These pictures aren’t great quality, but you get the idea!

Obviously, everything for my MMI is related to test prep.  :(  This is NOT my favorite time of year, but…as they say…this, too, shall pass!  Thank goodness for that!

This post was pretty long, so thanks for hanging in there with me!  If you are a first time visitor, take a look around my blog…I promise most of my posts aren’t this drab.  It’s just THAT time of year.  We’re all pooped and ready for summer test prep time to be O-V-E-R!

Don’t forget to hop on over to Tara’s blog to find more Monday Made It fabulous ideas!!



Monday Made It

I’m linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It.


I’ve been busy looking at data and working on Anchor Charts, so I only have one item to show off this month. It’s my Lesson Frames chart that I’m using.


The administrators graciously provided us a large poster frame to use, so I accepted the offer. From there, I just put some scrapbook paper on top of some butcher paper to create three spots to write in my lesson frames. I write on top of the plastic cover with a dry erase marker so that I don’t have to change things out every week. Much more manageable!

Our campus has been reading The Fundamental 5 this year, and in the book it talks about lesson frames. Lesson frames are just that…documents that frame your lessons and give students information about what they will do and how we (the teachers) will know whether or not they “got it.” Notice the “I will” and “We will” statements. Those are key in letting students know their expectations.

I really like this idea because it reminds the students of what is being taught, as well as holds them accountable for how they will be assessed–whether it is on an exit ticket, an oral response, group work, or formal assessment.

This also helps keep me on track. I tend to get off-task at times…or go in a direction that maybe isn’t so important. It also forces us to plan with the end in mind. I have to think about how I will assess the students before ever starting the lesson…which is how it should be, right?

It’s nothing really fancy, but something that works for me. I still plan on jazzing it up a bit more, but for now that’ll have to wait. I’ve for bigger fish to fry! 😉


Monday Made It Specials Rotation Schedule (A little late)

I’m linking up again with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It–just a day late!


My only Made It this time around is my Specials schedule. I’ve tried numerous ways of doing this, but I decided to try something new this year…and I must say this is by far the best one yet.

Our school has A Weeks and B Weeks for Specials rotations. I get tired of students asking what week it is and watching them try to figure out where they will be spending 50 minutes of their day, so I decided to use a cookie sheet and glue pictures for both weeks in order along the edge. I drew an arrow onto a painted clothespin that can be moved each day. This takes all the guesswork out of where we will go each day. The kids love it, and so do I!


What sort of chart or nifty idea have you come up with? I’d love to hear from you! Happy Tuesday!


Monday Made It: Back To School Finale

It’s time again for Monday Made It with 4th Grade Frolics!

Monday Made It

Made It #1: Pencil Dispenser

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So after seeing a few of these puppies on Pinterest and other blogs, I knew I just HAD to make one!! I’m already spending birthday money just to do this (my birthday isn’t until November!!). Yeah, I REALLY wanted one!! Anyway, I like to give love to my inspiration when I can, so here are some links to the pins and blogs that I searched. {Blog Posts: Ms. Third Grade, Teaching Maddeness, and The Resource(ful) Room; Pin by Melissa Resendez}

I’m more of a “simpleton,” I guess, so my pencil dispenser is just black with my signature zebra and blue ribbon across the front. This wasn’t hard to do at all. I took 2 pieces of scrapbook paper that I had from my scrapbooking days and cut it into 4 pieces (one piece for each of the front 3 sections, and then a larger piece for the bottom. I decorated the piece that goes in the front with ribbon and stickers that spelled out pencils, and then I actually just used clear tape to attach the paper to the dispenser. Since I used black paper, I was limited to the type of adhesive I could use without it being seen!

And there you have it! An awesome pencil dispenser that will make my life much easier….hopefully, anyway! :)

Made It #2: Clipboards

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My second MMI is a set of clipboards that I cutsified for my team members. As a welcome back gift, I decided to cover clipboards for my team members. They aren’t completely finished because I am going to personalize them once they make their picks. Instead of me choosing who each one belongs to, I’m going to let them choose.

These were super easy, and I’m sure you have seen them before. Most of you probably even have one! I just love school supplies and thought these would be a great way to welcome my team back to school. There will be 4 of us in 4th grade this year, and two of them are new, so may the force be with us! 😉

Thanks for stopping by! For more amazing ideas–and THE LAST MONDAY MADE IT OF THE SUMMER–head over to 4th Grade Frolics!

I’ve also linked up with Krafty Cards etc. for a linky party.