Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Made It Linky Party

It wouldn't be Monday without Tara's Monday Made It Linky Party!! Click Tara's button to check out other awesome Monday Made It projects. :)

Here are the projects I worked on last week:

1. Indoor Recess Choice Board: I was inspired by Kristin at A Teeny Tiny Teacher who created a similar board for Fun Friday and thought this would be perfect for indoor recess. I am going to have 27 students and indoor recess always seems a little chaotic no matter how many students you have so this board is how we will have organized fun. Students will choose an activity, clip the clothespin for that activity to their shirt, and stay at that activity. This will ensure that there are not too many students at any one choice since I only offer up to 4 people to be at each one.

I'm not sure if I'll let them freely change their choice or if I should have them all change after 10 or so minutes. What do you think would be most efficient to manage?

2. Community Supply Bins: The Kristi/ens are rockin' because this project was inspired by another Kristen... Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files! Kristen has posted a few times about supply bins, and I've decided to take this particular route, which was also inspired by this pin from Disney's FamilyFun website... a muffin tin (from Dollar Tree) for each table! The little goblets, which come six in a pack (also from Dollar Tree), fit perfectly too! I put clear marbles (Dollar Tree), like Kristen suggests, in the bottom of each cup to prevent tipping. I put extra marbles in the crayon cups to elevate the crayons so the students would be able to see them better.

You can download my labels in my TpT store for free (I've also included a label for glue and scissors). :)

How do you store community supplies?


3. CAFE Documents: I also created documents for managing my literacy block including reading and writing conferences, reading and writing strategy groups, and reading and writing whole group instruction. If you're interested, read my part 1 post about them or click the pictures above to download them from my TpT store.

p.s. I'm moving into my very first classroom today! :)


  1. I love the choice board for inside recess! I will definitely keep it in mind just in case my kids can't handle free reign. (I had a class like that a few years ago; inside recess was ROUGH!)

    Congratulations on your new room/job! It's so exciting!

    Inside this Book

  2. Awesome! I love the supply bins. What a great idea! You could change out certain supplies when you needed different items!

    I am your latest follower. I would love to have you drop by and visit my blog.

  3. Loving the supply bins! Great idea! Thanks for sharing your CAFE files... :)

    Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

  4. I love the supply tin idea! I've been trying to decide on one myself for my writing station. I wonder if I could hot glue the cups into the tin. That way they'd be sure not to fall...Not sure if I'd want them in there permanently or not...
    Great ideas!!!
    One Berry Blog

  5. I love everything you made. Especially the indoor recess organization. I've been trying to think of something similar and I love how you did it. Thanks for visiting my blog. Its so nice to meet you, I look forward to reading more!

    First Grade with a Cherry on Top

  6. Ooooh! Yay! I can't wait to hear all about your first classroom! I have been having so much fun in mine and could just work in it nonstop -- (oh wait, I do!) Take lots of pictures, please!!

    That's So Second Grade

  7. I absolutely love your supply bin idea! I've never seen that and I'm a little sad that I already have caddies for each table... when this is a super neat idea! As far as allowing them to change for indoor recess.. maybe they could have a chance to change only once if they wanted to? I know I'd have a few students who would want to change every minute. I don't know though.. that's a tough question! It might be one of those that you just have to see what happens!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  8. Congratulations on your first classroom! Best of luck to you!

  9. Love your indoor recess choice board. I nominated you for a blog award, stop by my blog to pick it up:)
    The Common Core Classroom

  10. I've got to do something about indoor recess. Thanks for giving me some ideas! I'm a new follower. Good luck on your first year!


    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  11. I love the idea of setting up groups for indoor recess! I nominated you for an award, stop by and check it out :-)


  12. Yay for 2nd Grade! You have a lot ready! Good for you! I'm nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. Come by my blog to get it. :)
    Cathy :)
    C is for Cookies, Cakes, Children, Classroom, and Crafts

  13. Your blog is very cute! I nominated you for an award. You can hop on over to my blog to pick it up.
    Happy New School Year!
    Christy :)

  14. Oops! Here's my link.

  15. Congrats on moving to your first classroom! If you have time stop by my blog and join my "Classroom Tours Linky Party"! I would love to see your classroom!!


    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log


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