Monday Made It Hosted by The Inspired Owl

Hey gang!!  So excited for another guest host for Monday Made It.  This week my guest host is the sweet Marissa from The Inspired Owl's Corner!  She has so many fab ideas and shares so much, I am thrilled to have her here!



Hi! I'm Marissa and I'm so excited to share my Monday Made It projects on Tara's blog! I teach second grade in California and blog at Inspired Owl's Corner

Tara was one of the first bloggers I ever found on Pinterest years ago. I have always admired her for generously sharing her ideas and creations with the teaching community. I'm thrilled that Tara started MMI weekly for the summer since I have so many projects I need to get started. Now I have the perfect motivation to get it all done!
Last year I gave each student a writing journal. My plan was to give them a daily prompt to respond to, but the journal quickly became their place to write all of the things that were important to them. They were constantly asking if they could write inside their journals. Next year we will have a new reading program, so I'm not sure how I will have my students use this journal, but I know I want my students to have one. I cut construction paper to fit the covers of composition books (they are 8 1/2 x 6 7/8 and from my school's office supplier) and added the My Writing Journal cover to the front. The students can color them on the first day of school to personalize them. 
Writing Journal Cover Freebie
Last year was also my first year in my new classroom. There are tons of shelves and cubbies for the students, but I wasn't sure how to use the cubbies, so I didn't assign them their own specific space. Each group had buckets to store markers, colored pencils, etc. on their tabletops.  Since they didn't have much extra space inside their desks, I gave them a durable Ziplock baggie to keep their crayons and other personal items in. This was a disaster! Crayons, erasers, pencils, pens, and highlighters were constantly all over the floor. When the back to school sales begin, I am going to buy a class set of supply boxes, and I will assign cubbies. When they aren't using their supply boxes, they are going to be stored in the cubbies. 

Student Supply Label Freebie
Since our school wide theme will be superheroes next year, I added superheroes to them. You can grab them here if you would like to try them out. 
Earlier in the year I bought a photo storage container from Michaels to organize my math task cards. These containers hold 16 plastic cases that are perfect for holding task cards. 
I picked up a second one on sale last week at Michaels to store my language arts task cards. Since we will be using our new reading program, I want to make sure my task cards are organized for each week. 
Task Card Label Freebie
Task Card Label Freebie
I always have task cards available for students to grab and take to their seats during math and language arts Daily 3 rotations. This is something I want to continue next year. I love how Rebecca from Create Teach Share organized her Close Reading Took Kits, and decided to buy two more containers to store math and language grab and go task cards for the week. The individual cases inside are the same size as the ones in the containers above. (Below is what the labels on the containers look like in case you want to pick some up.) There are six plastic cases inside. I've seen them at Joann's, Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Some people have even seen them on clearance at Target. 
I'm redoing my classroom decor next year, so I added these cute kiddos and colors to match my new theme. You can download all four labels here
Task Card Label Freebie
Task Card Label Freebie
Tara, thank you so much for allowing me to share on your blog today! 
Now it's your turn to share. Grab the graphics and above and link up your blog post below. I can't wait to see what you created!
Marissa

11 comments

  1. Seeing all of this organization is making my Type A heart very happy! I need to purchase some of those boxes for task cards! Brilliant...thanks for sharing!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  2. I must do SOMETHING with all my task cards next year! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  3. Thank you again Tara for having me! I can't wait to see what everyone shares this week! :)

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  4. I keep all of my task cards in hanging files, but I like your system so much better! Off to Michaels I go!

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  5. I have WAY too many task cards to house them in these lovely bins, but I ADORE your idea of picking out six for a Grab & Go center! Genius! I grabbed an extra container last week...I guess I need one MORE! Thanks for sharing!
    Debbi

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  6. I'm in love with those boxes! I only have a JoAnns, so I hope I can find them!

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  7. I am in envy with all of those awesome storage systems! My problem is I buy them without a plan and then they collect dust! I love how you are using them all. P.s. I love your writing journal covers! I think next year I want to have my students bring a notebook back and forth for writing... whenever they have an idea!

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