Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's Monday...I Made It

Don't forget to check out my giveaway here. I am giving away a Target gift card and a gift certificate for either TpT or TN.

I am linking up with Tara's Monday Made It party. I have so enjoyed seeing everyone's projects. They inspire so many of us to get creative ourselves.

I made a set of 32 spelling task cards (only some shown below), inspired by Tara's post last week. I have also been experimenting with some clip art creations (pencil below is one).

I made some supply labels to go with my black and white theme. They were inspired by Jodi's  (Clutter-free Classroom) signs and labels. I even made my own clip art! It sure makes me appreciate everything those great artists go through to create digital art! Now I have to finish the work pages that go with them.

With the heat, we have been eating more ice cream, and I hate to see the containers not be reused somehow, so I decorated this one to hold my new markers (from Walmart). They go with two of the tasks cards, too.

That's it for this week's school projects. My big project for today was for the home, we replaced our rural mailbox. An all day adventure, not done yet, as it needs one more coat of paint. 

We finally get access to our rooms next Monday! No air conditioning so I hope it cools off. No Internet, because the wi-fi isn't finished and wires are hanging all over the building. Many rooms still have the furniture in the hallway. We are not allowed to bug our custodians or our tech guy. But I will get in! 

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Frame from 3AM Teacher 

I reached 100 followers a while ago, but haven't had time to get things organized until now. In honor of reaching this milestone, I have a little giveaway planned. I don't have a TpT store or TN store yet, but plan to sometime soon. Instead, I am giving away a $15 gift card to Target and a $10 gift certificate to Tpt or TN. I know Target has lots of their back-to-school supplies and so many TpT or TN stores are having sales.

I am attempting to use Rafflecopter. I have used it through other giveaways, but never set one up myself. Wish me luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lots of Things

I have lots to share. I didn't get any projects complete for last week's Made It Monday on 4th Grade Frolics. So I got real busy this weekend and completed a few things. I have been inspired by many Pinterest finds and other projects featured on Tara's Monday Made It Linky Party. I have even tried my hand at some  black and white supply labels to match my other black and white projects (sharing at another time).

To start, I purchased Jodi's (at Clutterfree Classroom) Black and White decor line. I printed the Pennant sign. I added some letters and additional pennants to make a longer bunting. I still need to laminate, punch holes, and add ribbon to hang it. Only part is shown below.

I also printed Jodi's Behavior Clip Chart. My clips for the clip chart are painted with chalkboard paint. I used chalk markers (<3 them!) so I can change the numbers to names if I want. I still need to mount it on my foam board after I laminate them.

I finally made my Pinterest inspired objective frames. I was worried about using my favorite black, white, and gray combo, but I knew I would be using my favorite chalk markers or the fluorescent dry erase markers. I like the pop of color.

The next thing I did was make some Pick Me sticks. I used craft sticks and small wooded shapes. I wanted to make sure they would last awhile. I painted the circles in chalkboard paint, and used acrylic paint on the sticks. I used a punch to make the hole in the circles and sticks, and used small colored brads that matched my group colors. I used wood glue to help hold them in place as well. A coat of varnish on the stick, and some paint pen embellishments on the circle completed the look. I found the tin buckets in the dollar spot at Target. Using chalkboard marker gives the look of chalk without having to rewrite the labels. 

I may not have been posting for several days, but I was blog stalking. As a matter of fact, I won a few things in giveaways. Lauren at Life in Middle School had a fantastic giveaway. I won her whole Teacher Notebook Store, an Amazon giftcard, Ladybug Teacher Files Bright and Clear Cursive, and Labels from Jena at Caught in the Middle. I haven't even had the time to check out everything. I need to get more ink! So much to print! Love it! Thank you, ladies!

I also won Monica Schroeder's Ellis Jewelers giveaway. I have a sport necklace coming my way.

Now, I really do need to get my own giveaway posted soon. I will be back tomorrow or Friday with the information about my prizes.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Project and a Giveaway

I promise I will be posting about my giveaway soon. If you would like to add to my giveaway please let me know. 

I have a quick post to share a Pinterest inspired project with you. 

My project isn't totally finished, I still want to add a Welcome sign and my name, but the pieces are at school, and I can't get them for a couple of more weeks. They are red and yellow and should be the additional splash of color this wreath needs. It continues to build on my color scheme, and will hang on my door. (My room itself has some pops of color, so the whole thing isn't as drab as it may have seem with my previous projects.) 

The wreath frame was Styrofoam from a previous unfinished project. I had much of the ribbon and the pins for the wreath, adding the red/white/black stripe, apple ribbon, and the dotted ribbons. I used ribbon strips (about 4 inches) wrapped in a loop and pinned in place. The back is not filled in, as it won't be visible on my door. A loop of ribbon and hook and loop tape will hold the wreath in place. It should pop on my wooden door, instead of clash with my creamy kitchen door! 

I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics. I have several projects started for next week, but wonder if I will get any done. What will you make?

Thursday, July 5, 2012


I have been blessed not once, but twice with the Versatile blogger award. Michelle at Mrs. White's Fifth Grade Class. She has a many technology tips including one on using QR codes with students. The second one was awarded by Hilary Burton at Fifth Grade Fancy. Hilary has a beautiful blog design that is quite fancy. Thank you ladies for the honor.

I am to share seven facts about myself, so here goes:
           1. I have wanted to teach since second grade.
           2. Most of my pets are/were named after a sports star, or a stadium.
           3. I love photography, and would love to do it professionally when I retire from teaching.
           4. I love to read. Currently reading Rick Riordan's Son of Neptune, Book 2 of Lost Hero.
           5. I sat through two severe storms in a stadium, never leaving my seat. Once at a State Track Meet, and the other was at Wrigley Field during a tornado warning. Quite an experience, but not recommended!
           6. I met my husband at my sister's wedding reception. 
           7. Although I don't look anything like the runner I used to be, the sport of running has played a significant role in my life. 

With so many of these awards floating around in recent days, I am going to hold off on awarding this prize to others, until I can assess who hasn't received it already, and recognize some newbies as a way to encourage them.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I Made It, Again!

It's been a busy day, but I wanted to share my projects with you. They aren't original, and I don't feel like looking up their original sources, so I apologize if they are yours. Let me know and I will gladly give credit. 

I love my black and white color scheme, but thought the shades of gray helped lighten the look.
The letters are from JoAnn's. On sale this week.
My next project is inspired by my Daily 5 and Cafe book study. I wanted a center for Word Work. I had the glass gems from another project. I printed letters on paper. Punched them out, using a small circle punch, and Mod Podged them onto the flat side of the gems. I think my friends will like the alternative to stamps and magnetic letters. This was an easy peasy project. 

My next problem? Where was I going to store them? I had a Blue Bunny ice cream container (all plastic!) that would work. It is a little big, but I like the fact friends can reach in and grab a handful. No worries. Note to self, spray paint the lid black or gray next time before Mod Podging scrapbook paper. I don't like the red and gray combo. I am from Michigan!

The best part of this week's project? 

This allows me to link up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics Monday Made It ! Got a project you've made? Link up with Tara. It isn't too late. She keeps the link open until the end of the week.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Currently July

I am linky up with Farley's Currently for July. I cannot believe it is already July 1! Time is just flying by.
I love the concept of rule of three that Farley has added to this month's linky.  I started reading The Best School Year Ever as a tie in to my Bucket Filler Program. The students in the fifth grade class have to come up with Compliments for their Classmates. It also gives us a common story to reference throughout the year. My professional book is currently any of Debbie Diller's books, but will be replaced by The Daily 5 and Cafe Books in the future. They are just what I was looking for! Don't forget the 3-6 book studies on We Read, We Blog, We Teach.
I have reached 100 followers! I will have news of my give away soon!
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