Monday Made It #8 - Wowza!!!

Hey gang!!!  I wish I could say that I am refreshed and relaxed since my vacay BUT since I have been home and as August 1 gets closer and closer..................................I have graduated from being

 a PAINT BALL to ...............................................................................................................

drumroll please/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\//

a Chicken with it's head chopped off paint ball!!!!!!  Don't say there isn't such a thing because there is and it's me!!!

I cannot tell you how fun this linky has been!  I have stacks and stacks of things to haul into my classroom so it has kept me focused and I'm hearing from some of you, the same:)))  The past Made Its I have worked hard to comment on every link up.......but gang, with all I have to do in the next 2 weeks, I won't be able to do's too time consuming and as much as I love to do it and love ya all for linking up, I am running out of time.  I hope you all understand that:))

Classroom Made It #1:
These little dry erase sleeves have been all over Pinterest.  I believe they originally started with the wonderful Charity on her Classroom DIY blog.  I have to confess I kinda cheated here as I first bought the dry erase pockets from Target, then covered the edges with duct tape.  They can be used as dry erase boards or slip a work sheet in and use them that way.

Classroom Made It #2:
This wonderful game I found last week during the linky.  It is from FlapJack Educational Resources.  It's a free download HERE at their Teachers Notebook shop.  I soooooo love this game.  It is self checking and will be perfect for Math workshop and practice with those multiplication facts!!!
The set is huge so I broke it into 3 equal piles and put them in some little photo boxes I got on sale at Michaels.  
This is the inside.

There's the card with the poke and self check.  How brilliant is that!  Love that FlapJack Ed. Resources!!!  Thank you!!!

Classroom Made It #3:
I am diving in and trying Math Workshop this year.  (yes, it scares me....remember, I don't like
So I needed to make my board.
This was inspired by my bud Elizabeth at Fun in Room 4B.  Go see her board.  It is awesome.  She got it from the super wonderful Clutter-Free Classroom., so if you're looking for a wonderful board to add to your classroom, check hers out.  I still have several pieces I need to add but at least I have the bones to start. (if I don't chicken

Home Made It:
My home made it is just a tiny little thing.  I have seen memory jars and bottles all over Pinterest, so while on vacay with my Mom and sisters, I collected some tiny shells and put them in a vintage bottle to remind me of our trip.  We have never done a trip just us without the kids, so that's a memory.
So there are my Made Its for this week.  Thank you all for the sweet comments and unending inspirations each week:)  Can't wait to see what's in store this week:))


  1. I bought those sleeves at Target, too. Now I know how to make them fancy! Thanks!!
    Mondays are my favorite thanks to you! :)

  2. Your duct tape adds so much flair! Love them.

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

  3. I think everyone will totally understand your not being able to comment on everything! Thanks so much for hosting this awesome linky party....:) I look forward to it every week since I started blogging a few weeks ago...:) I am in love with your dry-erase pockets and am off to Pinterest to find a tutorial! I will be linking up in just a bit...thanks again!

    Keep Calm & Imagine

  4. I love your Math Workshop board!! I started creating my center board for during Guided Reading, which was inspired by Jodi's Math Workshop board! Isn't she great?!

  5. OMG. It's 7:30am here and look at all those already linked up! I actually woke up before my son (this never happens), so I thought I'd get an early post in!

    I love those sleeves from Target. I've been on the hunt with them and have been failing :( FlapJack Educational Resources are AWESOME!! I have so many of her items in my wishlist. I love the idea of using the photo boxes.

    Take time to relax today!!! You totally deserve it :)

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  6. I tried finding those sleeves in my target spot, but they don't have them :(

  7. Hey girl!
    The Math Board turned out great! Thanks so much for the sweet shout-out. I'm heading over to FlapJack Ed Resources to get those math cards. Too cool :)
    One of my Made Its is a name board inspired by your "Believe" board. I love it :) Thanks for being so creative and for sharing your ideas so that I can steal rock as always.

    Glad you had a wonderful time with your mother and sisters :)

    Talk soon,
    Fun in Room 4B

  8. I love the home made it - seashells are my most favorite thing in the world! :) also really love the self-checking math game. That's definitely going to be a great addition to your Math Workshop. Thank you for hosting this each and every week, Tara!! :)

    Miss V's Busy Bees
    I'm having a 2-0-0 Follower Giveaway - come on over!

  9. I love the multiplication game. I can't wait to use it! I've been working on my math workshop board too. I love the one from Clutter Free Classroom. Love your memory jar!


  10. I love your projects. I've been looking for those dry erase pockets! I even have teal polka dot tape!

    We all understand it's hard to comment all of us! This is such a huge linky! I've so enjoyed looking at everything.

    Mrs. T
    Teaching Mrs.T

  11. I bought those sleeves too -- and now know what to do to spruce them up a bit -- I'll have to pick up some duct tape while I'm running errands today! Thanks again for hosting my favorite linky party ever!

    There's No Place Like Second Grade

  12. What girl??? You did a TON--do you ever sleep?! I love it. All of it. I swear, your blog is practically humming with inspiration--I can hear it, I really can! I'll be back to link up soon :) :)

  13. You were busy! You are awesome for hosting these monday made its.
    The Idea Backpack

  14. I love your comments, but I totally understand the time issue. Thanks for letting join you. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  15. You had some great creations this week. Math Workshop is awesome. I switched last year. It was life changing. I NEVER plan to go back to traditional math instruction again. The board will come in handy.


  16. I LOVE pencil poke games! I found one on TPT last fall for addition facts (1st grade), pumpkins, and think it's brilliant that it's self checking! It's silly but my kids love to poke a pipe cleaner through the cards. That's what I love about 1st grade, any little gimmick sucks 'em right in :)

  17. I have looked everywhere for polka dot duct tape! Where did you find it? Totally understand the running short on time thing. I'm starting to panic as well!
    Enter my giveaway @ Fun in 1st Grade

  18. Hi Tara! I love the idea of "fancying up" those dry-erase sleeves! I already have some, but now I will have to go get some Duck Tape to put on them! Oh darn! Thanks for hosting and I'm so glad I finally got to link up! :-)

    Craft of Teaching

  19. Those poke are an awesome idea!! It's a great idea to split them up so that more kids can use them at once. Thanks again for a great week of links!!

  20. I love your math workshop stuff! I spent some time a few weeks ago designing my board as well but I have to say... yours is mighty cute!!

    Ashley @Fierce in Fourth

  21. The beach ball multiplication game is awesome! I love the self check. Thanks for hosting this awesome linky each week. It has kept me on track and productive. I haven't quite reached paintball status, but I'm sure that is just around the corner. :)

    The Teaching Thief

  22. Oh my goodness! I am #113 to link up and its noon here. That's what I get for making my Monday Made its on Monday morning!
    Have a great week Tara!
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

  23. Thank you so much for the great summer linky! It has been so much fun crafting, creating and learning. Have a great week!
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  24. Thanks for a really fun summer Tara! I have kept busy because of your party and gotten so many great ideas. I am back to work tomorrow!!! Mahalo again for all the fun:)

    Surfin' Through Second

  25. I just wanted to add my thanks to the others for hosting this super fun summer activity!!! I have gotten so many ideas.

    That poke game is such a great idea that could be recreated with all sorts of topics.

    Thanks again
    room 4 imagination

  26. Tara, I know the feeling! I am running like a chicken with it's head cut off too. I just want to thank you for your Monday Made It linkies. Without this, I probably wouldn't have gotten half of what I needed to done. You are the best!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  27. Omg I LOVE the duck taped plastic sleeves!!! Genius!!!

  28. I couldn't find those sleeves at Target. MUST SEARCH AGAIN. They're awesome!

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

  29. I have those sleeves from Target and some zebra tape... I might have to decorate them!! :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  30. This is my favorite linky party by far this summer!!! Thank you for hosting such a successful linky!
    Modern Kindergarten

  31. Hey Tara, Just wanted to thank you so much for starting this linky this summer. It has actually made Mondays fun.
    Thanks again,

  32. I hope you will post your math workboard on TPT! It looks great!!!! I always look forward to your posts! :)

  33. the math board looks awesome =) thanks for your newest follower...drop by

    Just Wild About Teaching

  34. Everything looks so good! I wish I lived closer to a Target! I'm dying to have some of those sleeves from Target!


  35. It has been so sweet and thoughtful of you to comment each time! Everyone will absolutely understand! :D And I HATE it when I see stuff people found at Target's Dollar Spot that my Target doesn't have! LOL. Jealous. :D

    Mrs. C

  36. Thank you for supplying the continuous Monday inspiration! I think I need some more summer to get all these projects done!

    Go Fourth and Inspire

  37. I just love your Monday Made It's! I have always wondered how in the world you had time to go through every single link up and comment!!! No one will think bad of you! You do such an awesome job of getting the linky together each week. I haven't had time to even make anything! LOL

  38. Wow - your Monday Made It exploded this summer and went from 30 something to several hundred link-ups. Look at all of those people whom you have inspired and influenced. I am so proud of you!

    I know you're getting ready to say good bye again to your daughter and hello to another school year; my thoughts and prayers for peace these next few weeks!

    The Corner On Character

  39. Awww - thanks for sharing Tara! Love your twist on the DIY Dry Erase boards as well so cute. :)

    The Organized Classroom Blog
    Classroom DIY

  40. I am also making a clip chart for classroom jobs. I put the kiddo's names on a music note, to match my theme, and was going to velcro next to the job. But, after reading that you are using clothes pins I may have to find a way to glue the music note to the clothes pin. Thanks for the idea!!

    One Class, One Sound

    1. I just realized that I posted this comment to the wrong Monday Made It.... :)


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