Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Made It Linky Party

Made It Monday, hosted by Tara at 4th Grade Frolics, makes Mondays so much more fun! Click Tara's button to check out all the great projects!

 I have three projects to share with you:

1. Absent Student Folder: When students are absent, I will place any assignments that they missed in this folder and have it waiting for them on their desk when they return. I always want students to feel a sense of belonging in our classroom so when they are gone, I definitely want them to know they were missed. The reason I will have them return their completed work on Friday is because that is when grades are due. At my school, we must turn in two grades per subject every Friday. The file folders are from Target, and I created the label with clipart from Maree Trulove and fonts from Kimberly Geswein. I did a little play on words with Pete the Cat. :) You can download my absent student label in Google Docs.

2. Whole Class Journals: I've seen this concept of whole class journals on Pinterest and on many other blogs and loved the idea. I created labels with eight different open-ended writing prompts. These journals will be an option for Early Birds. I hope these journals will not only give students authentic writing opportunities but will also help with creating a sense of community. You can download my journal labels in Google Docs.

3. Centers during Guided Reading: While this is not done yet, I wanted to show you what I have started (sorry the photo is a little blurry). I implemented the Daily 5 during student teaching (and loved it!!) so I'm taking what I love about the Daily 5, the technology resources my school has to offer, and suggestions from my mentors to create effective centers. The green numbers on the left are the number of rotations. The yellow transportation circles at the top are my six groups. My plan is for the six centers to stay the same but to give two to three options (that will change either every week or every other week) at each center. I want to do something similar to the Clutter-Free Classroom's math workshop board (pictured below) but with a twist that I'll have to wait to share until I can get in my classroom to see if my vision will work. :)

 Workshop Rotation Board

I will have 27 students so by offering six centers that will leave 3 to 4 students at each center depending on who is being pulled for Guided Reading throughout the hour. I used transportation clip art because our grade level theme is the Time Travelers...the theme is integrated into our curriculum. Here are some closer-up photos:

You can download my center labels in Google Docs.

Clip art:

KPM Doodles
Maree Truelove Illustration and Design

Have a super week!! :)


  1. I love your center rotation chart. Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower and am looking forward to reading more.
    Happy Teaching,
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  2. Love your absent work folder. Thanks for sharing!

    Success in Second Grade

  3. I Love your make-up work folders and the writing journals. Fabulous ideas! thanks for sharing. I am a new follower.


  4. LOVE the absentee folder! Super cute! I am so glad I found your blog!
    ☼ Kate
    To The Square Inch

  5. Your absent folder is a great idea!! I have a form letter that I attach to their work, but this is better! Thanks!

  6. These turned out great! Really like how organized you are.. something I definitely need to work on this year! Love your absent folders too. Great work this week! :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  7. I made some classroom creative writing journals for my students as well. I am looking forward to what they write. My students LOVE to each one another's writing.

  8. Okay I am seriously in love with your stuff! You are a teacher after my own heart! I am downloading your absent work label as we speak! Love Pete! I am so torn between Daily 5 and using Literacy Stations during guided reading. I have never used or seen either.. what do you think is best for a first year teacher in terms of management? I would love to hear your ideas. The reason I am leaning more toward Daily 5 is so that I am not recreating new centers every week. However, using centers would allow for more creativity and flexibility in what the students would be doing. Help!

    That's So Second Grade

  9. I have been wanting to make these shared journals! They are such a great idea!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Learning In Wonderland

  10. love those converses =) im your newest follower...drop by

  11. I love the name of you blog. Great ideas!

    The Hive

  12. Your folders are so cute! I have absent folders but they are just plain blue folders and I wrote "While You Were Out" on them... I made them my first year and they have held up pretty well. The kids use them for incomplete work too now so that we don't have a million folders all over the place.

  13. With your absentee folder! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    I am obsessed with your blog right now. :)
    So obsessed that I'm giving you an award! Come get it from my blog! :)

  14. Thank you so much for the thoughtful comments! I'm so glad you like the absent student folder! You guys made my day. :)

    Ashley, I will be posting more about my centers in the coming weeks as I develop them more. But so far I can tell you I love the authenticity and student choice of the Daily 5. I hope to still offer those two components in my centers but I also want to offer more integration of all the subjects, to utilize the technology resources at my school (I LOVE technology), and to hold the students accountable for their work (WITHOUT having to copy and collect a bunch of worksheets). In terms of management and the other details...stay tuned! :)

  15. thanks for the journal topics!

  16. That absent student folder is too precious! How creative! Thanks for sharing!

    "">The Second Grade Superkids

  17. What great ideas! We've given you the One Lovely Blog Award! Stop by to check it out!

    Heather and Juli

  18. Thanks so much for the award, Heather and Juli!!!! :)


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