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Monday, September 3, 2012

Keep Checking off the List...Monday Made-It!!

Labor Day weekend is always crunch time for me!  I have been busy trying to get as much as I can checked off my summer to-do list before the students' first day on Wednesday.  My classroom is almost ready and I will be off to work on this Labor Day:)  At least my hubby is off from work so I can go in during the kids' nap time!

So, I am linking up with Tara again for her Monday Made-It to show a few things that I accomplished this week (well, printed, cut-out, and laminated!).

1.  I made Story Stones inspired from none other than Tara at 4th Grade Frolics who was inspired by Red Bird Crafts!  I am not very artistic and didn't want to try to draw my own pictures, so I just cut pictures out of magazines and mod podged them on the stones.  First, I gathered stones from our local beach on Lake Erie and washed them.

 Next, I mod podged the cutouts on the stones and let them dry.

 I also laminated the story stones task cards that I downloaded from Cassandra at Adventures in Room 5 here.

2.  I printed and laminated these Daily 5 charts with the expectations listed on them from Tonya at Tonya's Treats for Teachers.  I don't think I am going to use Listen to Reading but I printed it anyway.  This is my first attempt at Daily 5 (or modified version of) and I am excited to see how it will work with my students!

3.  I printed, cut-out, and laminated the activity for word work "Barbecuing Up a Good Time Idioms " from Teaching to Inspire in 5th.  It meets the CCSS for idioms and is a fun way for kids to practice.  I have printed the idioms recording sheet and placed it in the folder since I took the picture.  I will have students turn in their recording sheet when they finish the word work station.
Don't you love the Mead folders with the handy pocket?  Tara posted about these and I found some at Walmart!

4.  I printed this Boggle recording sheet for another word work station from Rebecca at Create Teach Share.

5.  I printed and laminated this "Word Work Word's Worth" activity for another word work station from Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics.

6.  I printed and laminated this Word Work Scrabble also from Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics again (can you tell that I stalk her?).  Now I just need to find some letter tiles.

7.  I printed and laminated these nonfiction reading task cards from Melissa at Life's a Teach.  I searched and searched for the exact post but could not find it.  If you do find it, please let me know and I will update:)

8.  I printed, cut-out, and laminated these story starters from Fourth Grade Frolics for a work on writing station:)  The fall themed are here and Silly Story Starters at TN here.

9.  I printed, cut-out, and laminated these desk and bin fairy cards from 3rd Grade Thoughts TPT store.

10.  Finally, I bagged 63 of these goldfish snacks for all the 4th graders only to be disappointed that the goldfish were so greasy!  Now, I will have to print them out again and tape or staple to the front of the package if I pass them out at Open House.  We will see what my teammates say...
You can find these for any grade level here from Lattes and Laughter (scroll to the end of the post and don't make the same mistake I did when you bag them!)...

I will be posting my classroom pictures soon.  Happy Labor Day everyone!!


  1. Hi Holly! You got tons done! I'm so glad you stalk me....lol:))) Love all that you did! Good luck with your start of the school year...I can't believe I will be going into week 5!!! Thanks for linking up and have a blessed day:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Wow! You have been super busy!! I also use the same super fun Word Work activities and a few others I created over the summer.

    Good luck on a wonderful school year!
    Super Pig and Tyrant King

  3. You have so many good packets. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love seeing everything that you have made! And thanks for using my Idiom Freebie! It looks so cute all printed and cut out! I may have to make some more word work freebies!

  5. Ahhh! I am so sorry about those goldfish! I just sent you an alternate label (via email) that will be easier to staple. It is a bag topper and is meant to be placed on top of the bag rather than inside. Have a restful weekend and a great start to the new year! Lattes and Laughter

  6. WOW , Holly. I am tired just looking at all you have done.. I have spent the week and weekend putting together teacher notebooks, ELL staff notebooks, Math team notebooks and Read 180 reader's Life Notebooks. And that was just DESIGNING the pages. I will post when I am done...but so glad to have found this linksy party and meet so many wonderful teachers with wonderful attitudes and ideas.

  7. I'm so glad you're using the story stone task cards. I love to see other teaching using things I made :-)

  8. These are so fun! Great job! I hope you have a wonderful year!