Monday Made It! Back to School Edition

Happy Monday!

Linking up again with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It! I love going through the links and seeing everyone's ideas.


We aren't "officially" back until next Monday, but I have a classroom to switch, so I'll be putting in the heavy hours this week. I must say, I enjoyed every hour of this summer and I wouldn't change a thing about it!


This is more of a what-will-I-make than a Made It:



Hoping to make magic out of what's inside these boxes, because my wallet is telling me to give it a rest!


...and THIS Made It is more of a drop-it-off-with-Mom-so-she-can-make-it kind of deal:

Why yes, I do find it ironic that this is an incredibly dark photo.


Moms are the best, aren't they? The kids are going to love their sweet glow stick bracelets they get to pick up at Meet and Greet!




I made this totally awesome sign for my friend's classroom:


...and now you will have the song stuck in your head all day...

 #yourewelcome



I spent some time setting up a sample Reading Homework Notebook:






I glued the menu, examples, and rubric to the front of the notebook, and then did a sample week of homework for the kids to reference as necessary. Rather than just marking HW wrong, I want to make a more conscious effort this year to have the kids compare their work to the sample, and make the necessary corrections before handing it back to me.

You can see my menus HERE, and a blog post about how I do reading homework is HERE.


I made another Super Hero themed icebreaker...this one's an interview!



In addition, I whipped up some Whole Brain Teaching rules with the same theme:




I have some friends using this theme this year, so I figured it was a good way to work on my PPT skills.


That's it for me. Head over to 4th Grade Frolics to share what you've been making!

12 comments

  1. I chuckle with your wallet telling you to give it a rest... my credit card is screaming every time I slide it through now :) It's that time of year, I guess. Glow bracelets are a good inexpensive idea, though. See you around. Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

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    1. It's definitely that time of year! There's always one more thing you have to get...

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  2. Yes, now I'm singing the tune! :) Your Reading Homework Notebook is an excellent idea. I'm always looking for ways to make homework meaningful!

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    1. I did the notebook thing last year, and really liked it. Made some tweaks this year that hopefully will make it even better. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. Love your Reading HW Notebook looks fabulous. Your Back To School Interview activity looks like a lot of fun. Have a fabulous school year. :)

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  4. Love, love, love your reading homework notebook!! What a great idea!! So true, we model all day long & they should have a model of what should be done at home too!!

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    1. Thank you! It's good for parent conferences, too, so they can see what my expectations with HW are.

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  5. I love making other people do my crafts for me. :) I don't give homework as an ESL teacher but I like the idea of having a sample of what I expect their writing to include and then have them compare.

    My Bright Blue House

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    1. I like doing crafts, but at this time of year I outsource as much as possible, lol.

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  6. I like your super hero themed whole brain posters. I actually just met Chris Biffle (whole brain founder) at a workshop a few days ago. We have been using whole brain for about four years now at my school. We love it.

    Jamie

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    1. Thank you! That's so cool! The kids definitely respond to it.

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