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Monday Made It with Archers All Stars

Hey there!!! I'm Rachel from Archers All Stars and I'm super excited to join Tara and share my Monday Made It projects with you. I love a clean classroom!!! From the first week of school, I teach my students that it is OUR responsibility to take care of OUR classroom and keep it organized and clean each day! This is the board I made to keep it all organized and functioning throughout the school year!!
Supplies needed to make a board just like this! 26

Step One:

Take pictures of all the jobs you will have in the classroom, print them, and cut them out! I always make 24 jobs, as this is my limit of students I can have in my room each year! Even if I don't have 24 students at the beginning, chances are I will by the end. I only like to do things once, so this is why I go ahead and make them all at the beginning. Below are the pictures I use for each job! jobs together 10 11

Step Two:

Glue all the jobs onto the library pockets using stick glue! Make sure to glue all the little parts down so you won't have a problem on the next step! 14 15

Step Three:

Run these through the laminator!! I made the mistake of not laminating them last year and now you see, I am making a new board already!! You do not have to take the little strips off the backs of the pockets before laminating. In fact, it's better if you don't so they don't get stuck in the laminator machine! Cut them all out and then carefully run a pair of scissors over the edge like the picture shows to open up the pocket. Don't push too hard or you will rip or cut through the pocket! You can also use an xacto knife, but be very careful not to push to hard or you will cut the whole top off the pocket!

Step Four:

Add the poster board to the frame and put the frame edges back on! Leave the plexi-glass off....the pockets do not stick well to the plastic. Start arranging the library pockets (jobs) in the order that you want them to be in. I always move the jobs left to right across the board. Be mindful not to put the same job back to back...spread them out! Then, you can use rubber cement or hot glue to attach them to the board. I like rubber cement because it takes longer to dry and I can move the cards if they are not straight! However, you will have to wait to hang it up on the wall longer so that it is completely dry! Hot glue is pretty quick, but doesn't have a lot of room for error. Upside, you can hang your board on the wall immediately after you're finished! 23 22

Step Five:

Find a great spot in your room to hang up the job board. When my new students arrive this year, I will take a picture of their faces, cut them out, laminate them, and then glue them onto the craft sticks. I love to use pictures for everything because then there is no question about who is supposed to be where at all times. They can't argue with their own face! :) 26

Happy Cleaning!!

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Hate those ugly hand sanitizer bottles sitting around??? Well, here is a way to keep them handy without being an absolute eye sore!!
  Tall Vase The vase I used is 10" tall and approximately 5" wide. Hand Sanitizer This size vase will hold a 30 ounce bottle of Germ X Glass Rocks These come in all different shapes and colors!

Step One:

Put a few glass rocks in the bottom of your vase so that the spout of the hand sanitizer is high enough over the mouth of the vase to press down easily!
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Step Two:

Put the bottle of hand sanitizer in the middle of the vase and start adding the glass rocks to the vase. Be sure to keep the sanitizer straight as you add the beads. IMG_7477

Step Three:

Fill the vase with the glass beads until the bottle is completely covered and set it in a convenient spot for people to use! Tip: If you are planning to do this in the classroom, I would find an acrylic/plastic vase instead!

Happy Sanitizing!!!

Monday Made It with Learning in Wonderland

Happy Monday! My name is Maribel and I blog over at Learning in Wonderland. I am so excited to be hosting MMI today!

It's hard to believe that it's already July and I go back to work in just a couple of weeks. July definitely puts me into school mode.

There is nothing like starting out the year on a positive and happy note! One way that I do that is by making my team some gifts that they can use throughout the year. I hit the Target dollar spot and found the perfect goodies.

How cute are these baggies? They were only $1 each! I used my Cricut to personalize them. I'm going to be stuffing them with pens, markers, highlighters, white out etc. These will be perfect to bring along to all those meetings that pop up! 

Next up are my teaching bins. These bins are also from the dollar spot and cost $3 each. They are much larger than the ones I've seen before. I knew they'd be the perfect size to hold all our teacher stuff! I'm loving the colors that Target put out this year.

Since I am getting back into school mode, I made a BTS insert for my lightbox. Do you own a lightbox? If you do, you can use this one for FREE! I made it for K-5th grades :-) 

You can pick up this freebie in my shop by clicking on the image below.

This is what it looks like when it's on. So cute!

That is it for me for this week. We would love to see the projects that you have been working on! Grab the button below and link up with us!

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Monday Made It with Inspired Owl's Corner

Hello! I'm Marissa from Inspired Owl's Corner and I'm excited to join Tara and share my Monday Made It projects with you. Monday Made It couldn't have come along at a better time for me. I have a long to-do list of half-finished projects, and this has given me the motivation to cross off a few of them from my to-do list! 
My first project is my Love Notes binder. My students love to write me notes (I'm sure you can relate), and while I'm thrilled they love writing so much, the pile of notes and drawings they give me can be overwhelming! I pin some of them on the wall behind my desk, but that gets messy and I quickly run out of space for all of their creations. I made a cover, bought a large binder, and placed page protectors inside. Now when students write me notes, I will have a place to keep them. If you want to make your own Love Notes binder, you can download the cover, spine, and some writing pages in the preview of my reading and writing pack HERE.

I've wanted to do a V.I.P. table in my classroom for the longest time! The problem is, my classroom is too small and can barely accommodate my 28 students, let alone an extra table or desk. When I saw the over the chair organizers at The Dollar Tree, I knew my problem was solved!
I made some labels that fit inside ZipLoc sandwich and quart sized bags for markers, colored pencils, highlighters, and crayons. I found the cutest highlighters at Target that are perfect for the V.I.P. Kit, and I added bright mechanical pencils too. I also made bookmarks and badges to go along with the pack. I'm going to add special reading pointers to the kit too. Can you think of anything else I should add? I hope my students love this and work hard to be the V.I.P each day.  If you want to try this idea with your class, you can download the freebie HERE
I recently bought a Cameo because I wanted to make my own planner stickers to customize my LifePlanner. There are so many cute stickers on Etsy, but they can be expensive and not exactly what I need for the way I plan. I love my Erin Condren Teacher Planner, but there are a few pages that go unused each year. I thought I could create some stickers to modify some of the pages of my teacher planner to make them more useful. I know how important it is to keep track of parent contact, but I don't always take the time to jot down every conversation. I decided to make a section for parent contact with the unused pages. Since my planner is always with me, it will be easy to jot down the name, date, and reason for the phone call. 
I don't use an online grade book, so I always order extra check off lists in my planner to keep track of grades and homework. I made labels for each subject that fit perfectly on the pages.
I color code each subject when I write my lesson plans, so I figured color coded subject headers would be useful to add to my planner, so I've added subject sticker headers to my planner.
I made these labels in PowerPoint, and if you want to try them in your planner, I'm sharing them HERE. There are editable and premade stickers in the file. I made a seating chart label for the grid pages too- that picture isn't shown. (I have last year's teacher planner. I always buy my teacher planners when they go on sale in the spring. I've heard the new ones are set up a little differently, so I'm not sure if these stickers will work if you have the brand new planner, but you can try them out.)

That's what I've been up to this week! Next week I hope to have a few more projects and freebies to share, since I still have quite a few that are half-finished! 
Now it's your turn! What projects have you created? Be sure to link up below and share. And if you share on instragram, be sure to use #4thgradefrolics so we can see your creations on there! Thank you for stopping by, and have a great week!


Monday Made It with Live Laugh Love Second

Happy Monday, friends! I'm Lori from Live, Laugh, Love Second, and I am so happy to be hosting this week's Monday Made It. 

I had a week's break from my graduate classes, but I have been so tired. I think it's the first week that I have literally had nothing on my plate since school ended. Thank goodness! I finally caught up on some sleep, and I was able to get some crafting in. Check it out below!

New Class Logo: I was inspired by my upcoming blog makeover and decided to make a fun logo for my class. The image is from Lovelytocu on Etsy. You can check our her other designs HERE. I had a hard time picking one out because she had so many great designs! The font is Dry Shampoo by Amy Groesbeck. I might end up changing it, but it will probably still be one of her amazing fonts. I plan on using this as a header on our class Facebook page and maybe our digital class newsletter. I haven't exactly decided yet, but I do really like it!

Dishwasher Sign: If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it's going to cook dinner and realizing that my teenagers didn't unload the dishwasher. Grrrr! Their main excuse...we didn't know if they were clean or not!

Well. I guess the "clean" light being lit up on the machine didn't do it for them. And, of course, simply looking at the dishes to see if they were clean? Who would actually do that???

No more, kiddos! This #teachermom made a handy dandy sign to solve this problem. I whipped it up on Powerpoint using digital paper from I Teach What's Your Super Power. You can find the entire paper set HERE. The "clean" font is A Perfect Blend Teaching's Coffee Mug and the "dirty" font is Amy Groesbeck's Running Late is my Cardio. I stuck a magnet on the back, tragically realized the dishwasher was not in fact magnetic, so then I hot glued another magnet onto the actual dishwasher. (What can I say...I was committed at this point.)

So, if you have teens like mine who require a little scaffolding, feel free to download a copy HERE of the sign for your dishwasher!


Toy Drawer Labels: One of my favorite things to do in the summer is organize everything that managed to get destroyed throughout the school year. Closets, cabinets, kitchen drawers...you name it, I organize it. And it feels soooooo good.

I finally tackled my little's room. She's the only girl, and she's the baby at 4 years old. That means she gets #allthestuff. I can't help myself.

But...I can help with the organization of it all. 

So, I made these labels to go on all the plastic drawers that store her toys. I made them in Powerpoint, and trust me, they were nothing fancy. The font I used is Amy Groesbeck's Fat Pants. Emmy helped me pick out the pictures, we printed and laminated them, and then I used Elmer's Glue Dots to stick them on the drawers. They look great, serve a purpose, and help her (and her daddy) to know where everything goes. Win-win for everyone.

Battery Organizer: So, a few weeks ago, I posted a picture on Instagram of these old Tupperware sandwich containers that I repurposed as drawer organizers in my office desk. 


Well, I had a couple of extra ones (why I had 4 to begin with is beyond me), and I was going to hold onto them until I got back into my classroom and could figure out a use for them there. But...as I was cleaning out my junk drawer in the kitchen, I spotted the perfect use for one of the containers.

We go through so many batteries in our house that they are a regular item on the grocery list. It's mainly the old school handheld game systems and the newer system controllers my boys play that use so many batteries, so I like to keep them stocked up. By keeping them organized in this container, I know how many we have at any given time without digging through the drawer.

Reading Round Up: I was asked to lead a summer reading program that targeted below-level readers in our school. After the students were identify, we provided them with bags full of books to keep, along with a chart that they track their reading on throughout the summer. We recently had a picnic, which was a lot of fun, and I check in with them weekly via email. And that brings me to my last "made-it" for this week.

I wanted to make the email eye-catching for parents, so I started messing around with creating graphics to include as headers. They turned out great! The cowboys are from Melonheadz. The fonts were free downloads. It turned out so cute and got a lot of compliments from parents.

Phew! That was quite a lot for a Monday Made-It, but it was so much fun sharing it will all of you! Don't forget to check out all the other Monday Made-It's by following the links below, or you can join in the fun by linking up with us.

Have a fantastic week!

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