I always want to say y'all, but feel like I can't because I'm from Minnesota. Like I should say, "Hey dere. It's soooo nice to see you all teday." I just realized it's very tricky to type in a Minnesota accent.
But I do like typing y'all, so hopefully those of you who are from the south aren't offended by my attempt. Anywho.
There's been so many awesome ideas lately floating around teacher bloggy world that all my lil' projects this week are my attempts at other people's brilliant ideas. I don't think I executed them as well so make sure you visit the 'originals' because they are amazing!
(1) Graffiti Wall
The original is from the always silly and sassy Farley.
I love the idea of having an interactive space that I could also tear off and keep to review later on if necessary. I knew the exact spot I wanted it in my room so I finally made it happen.
My first message is for open house night. I hope to get a few new 3rd graders to share how they are feeling!
(2) Birthday Scratch-Offs
Ok- Amanda over at A Perfect Blend... has the cutest things! She made these scratch offs for good behavior and work ethic.
I was looking for a new birthday treat for my kiddos this year so I used her brilliant idea + awesome tutorial to make my own.
And I was watching High School Musical 1 and 2 during my painting of these. I should be embarrassed by that- I guess I kinda am. The songs are kinda catchy though! But it also made me a bit sloppy and I didn't pay attention to how much soap to paint ratio I was doing so I don't think it came out exactly how it was supposed to, but it still worked enough that I am super pumped to use them next year!
(3) Writing Idea Pockets
Next up, the brilliant Christina over at Bunting, Books and Bright Ideas posted pictures of her writing center, which was adorable. And then she showcased this little ditty:
And I literally finished reading the post and hopped in my car to go to Target.
I timed myself. I took me about 3 minutes and 40 seconds to hole-punch one set of cards. That ain't bad! It took me another 5 seconds to realize I didn't have any metal rings at home. So let's hope these don't spill all over the place on their way to school.
The cards are from Target Dollar Spot (I made one pack because I wanted to fill all the slots and just couldn't find another set of flash cards that would fit this purpose). I had a file I got as a freebie I believe at some point for some writing boards that I printed and put in the top too. I'll be adding some "shades of meaning" paint chips attached to the bottom rings but again- no rings. Between this and the journals and of course my actual teaching- we should have some mean-lean-writing-machines!
(4) Rotating Banner
These are everywhere. And I've wanted one. And I've tried to make one. Many times. And no matter which tutorial I use- something goes wrong and it's a hot mess so I just delete everything and walk away. Until I try the next day because I see someone else has added one and I want it again.
It was a vicious cycle.
And it still isn't perfect, but it's something. And I might just leave it because I don't want to finagle anymore with it. Patience and me- doesn't mix. We've been through this.
But Alison (the funniest woman ever) over at Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin' made her beautiful gif and A Burst of First made hers and posted it on Instagram with another tutorial so I knew between the two tutorials I could figure it out...maybe. One tutorial from Pitch Publications I found to be especially helpful (plus it has a link up to share your finished product... it's fun to see what others came up with).
And although they are not as crisp as I want, they will do for now. Feel free to give me suggestions on making them crisper. If I want to battle this beast again, I might give it a try and then give you all the credit!
I'm working in my classroom a bit this week and *hope* that it'll be 95% done by the end so I can enjoy the rest of my summer complete with a vacay up north, a book list I've been holding off on due to said vacay, closing on our house, and other school stuff.
I can't wait to come home later in my A/C and continue to get inspired by you all! Go now to Tara's blog and get a head start on me!