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I was so glad to see Swimming Into Second’s linky party to Show Off Your Space because as of yesterday at 5:15 pm – my classroom is finished and ready for kiddos on Monday. Make sure you link up with her – I love getting ideas from everyone!
And in advance, sorry for all of the pictures…I got a little excited about finish and a little carried away with picture taking.
So, here’s the latest installment of my classroom updates. Today was the fourth day working in my classroom and I went in ready to be productive and actually was lol. Funny how putting up a few bulletins and moving the desks makes it seem more like classroom. Here’s the latest…(again – work in progress)
I’m linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made-It.
I’m starting out slow with my school craft projects and am trying to ease back into the whole getting ready for back-to-school, which will be here before we know it.
Over the weekend, I painted the craft sticks that I use to call on students during whole group instruction. I got the idea from Kindertastic. You paint the craft stick two different colors, so you can put the craft stick back in the cup to be used again, but you know who has already been called on. I like using sticks to pick students to come up and help or share answers, but I always feel like once you call on them they know they’ve been called on so they sometimes tune out. Now, I can flip the stick and put it back in. So, even though they’ve already been called on, they can be called on again and it will help me keep track of who has been called on to make sure things are fair. Here’s a picture of mine below – I used a bright blue and purple (although the purple didn’t quite turn out in the picture).
Then, once I get my class list I’ll print their names on labels and place a label in the middle of each craft stick.
I have lots of crafting plans this week, so I’m hopeful to have more to share for next week’s Monday Made-It. Have a great start to the week!
I started and finished one of my summer craft projects today. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m a huge Suns fan. Huge may be an understatement – I love the Phoenix Suns! Since I love the Phoenix Suns and basketball so much, I’ve used it as the theme in my classroom. In addition to it being my classroom theme and decor, we also practice a lot of math skills with Suns info and stats (still more to come on this later).
So, today’s project was a little Suns decoration for my classroom. I took a 12×12 shadow box from Michael’s, basketball texture paper from Michaels (this paper is awesome), a Suns ticket, and a Suns program. I used glue dots for the basketball paper and ticket and used hot glue to glue down the program. Very easy craft and very cute decoration to put up in a month or so!