Monday Made It: Fun with Polaroid Zip!

It's time to link up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!



With all the back to school sales, posts from the TpT conference, and amazing inspiration from Instagram and my fellow bloggers, my teacher brain is officially on overdrive! Here are some things I've been working on recently.


So, I am in LOVE with this little guy:


I got a great deal on this Polaroid Zip printer during Amazon Prime Day and I can't stop coming up with ideas for it. If you haven't seen one yet, basically it will print any photo from your phone, and you can peel off the back and stick the photo to anything! The possibilities for using this in the classroom are endless! 

I have been trying to come up with small ways to hook my students (especially my 4th grade group) into having fun with writing. It's my hope that if they get used to writing, and have fun writing things that won't necessarily be graded, that writing an essay will become less daunting!

While out on my 80 billionth shopping expedition, I spotted a notepad with a fun animal fact on the cover...it inspired me to make a cuter version for my writing area:



I found these animal print notepads at the Dollar Tree (4 in a pack), and used my Polaroid Zip to print out an animal fact (side note: SQUEE! I love otters!) and stick it to the cover. 


Here is the inside of the notebook. As students come across animal facts while reading or searching on the Internet, they can add them to the notebook. It will also give them a little practice with citing sources! Once the notepad is filled up, we can add it to our classroom library for students to read. I think they'll love it!


While on my first of I'm sure many voyages to Five Below (see the awesome flexible seating stuff I found there in this post), I spotted these cute notebooks that I thought would also be a great opportunity to get some organic writing into the day:


I set up one notebook for my 3rd grade group, and one for my 4th graders. I don't know about you, but I find students at this age tend to take EVERYTHING personally. It may be developmentally appropriate, but that doesn't mean it can't get quite irksome! So...


...let's write about it!

I used Typorama to come up with a cute image and printed it out with the the Polaroid Zip. Now, instead of having to listen to the constant chatter of drama llamas, I can direct them to the notebook.

He stepped on your show in the line? That's awful! Go write about it.

She's standing at the front of the slide and you can't get down? I'm sorry...make sure you write about it when we get back to class!

I think this is a great example of how we can use writing to express our emotions, with the added bonus of not having to hear about every. little. thing. that happens when I'm not looking. I'll also be able to check the notebook to see if there's any patterns in behavior I need to be aware of that I can address at class meetings or in personal conferences.

I couldn't resist starting it off with my own example:


Hehehe...even teachers need to vent sometime!


Since I'm going to start putting in some long hours planning my curriculum for the year, I wanted to take a moment to whip up some fun little signs for my room:



I'm not quite sure how I'm setting up my room yet (new room + starting with flexible seating) but I'm thinking I will use these to designate supply areas (post its, etc. in the read area, different types of paper in the writing area). I'll make sure to show the signs in my room when I decide how to use them!


I'm also trying to take care of some of those tasks that I don't NEED to do, but want to do. I know the closer it gets to August, the more precious my half-hour blocks of time are going to become, so might as well knock some things off the to-do list now.

Last year, we had glow sticks for our Meet the Teacher event, but this year...



Rulers

I found the rulers at Dollar Tree (3/$1) and whipped up these tags with Powerpoint. Just had to cut out the tags, make a 1-inch slit, stuff the ruler in, and done! One thing scratched off the list.

Here's a close-up of the tags:


I think they'll be a big hit!

Have a great week, everyone! Don't forget to stop by 4th Grade Frolics to see what everyone else is making!
















14 comments

  1. So many fun ideas! Now I have to research Polaroid Zip... Love the ruler idea!

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    1. Thank you! It really is a fun little toy to play with.

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    2. So I did my research and found out that Erin Condren sells the Polaroid Zip AND I have a gift card for there... thanks so much for sharing, can't wait to use this gem in my classroom this year!

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    3. That's awesome!! Yay for research!

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  2. I agree...I need to research Polaroid Zip! I've been looking for ideas on Back-to-School student gifts, and I really like your ruler idea! Thanks for sharing.
    -Fairway to Fourth Grade

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    1. Thanks! It was relatively cheap and easy to put together.

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  3. I love all your made its! You have been busy! I have a Cannon Selphy that I send pics from my phone on but that polaroid zip is adorable!! Such cute ideas!!! Thank you for linking them up:)

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    1. Thank you so much, Tara! I can't wait until I actually get it into the classroom...so many ideas!

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  4. Oh I am so jealous. I really considered purchasing the polaroid zip. I may ask for it for Christmas! I ended up buying the Silhouette Mint Stamp maker instead. Both are great tools and fun to use! Have a great week! Pam from PJ Jots

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    1. Haha...I'm kicking myself for not getting the Cameo! Waiting for Christmas, lol.

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  5. Those posters are too cute! I love the "Work" one. How many times a day do you think you'll hear your students humming that song, huh? ;)
    https://ladyliteracy-sixthgrade.blogspot.com/2016/07/classroom-rocking-chair-monday-made-it.html

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    1. You know it! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. Love your meet the teacher gift...useful and cute!

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    1. Thank you! We were always looking for rulers last year, so I tried to be practical :)

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