Monday Made It - October

Happy Monday Made It everyone!
Today I have one classroom made it and 2 home made its:)
My classroom made it I am so excited about.  I have been working on this for a couple of weeks.....what I'm not excited about are all the poopy pics I took:(  I seriously need some Iphone Photo taking lessons from the Fab Farley....hint, hint......I stink!!!  So sorry about these pics....I will try to take some better ones today and change these out.
Anyway, 4th graders in Florida have to take a state writing test.  Most of my kiddos this year are pretty good at the basics....what I call the "bones" of their stories.  That's meat:/
That is something most of them seriously need to work on.  I went to a great writing training a few weeks ago and was inspired to create this interactive bulletin board set. (it's 20% off until midnight tonight:)

Included in this set are 9 overused/boring words that my kiddos have beat to for each of those, there are 12 fab substitutes:)  There are also 12 sensory words for each of the 5 senses to help make writing more descriptive.

AND 12 transitional phrases and 12 onomatopoeias:)  (plus some blank pencils to add your own words) 
I can't wait to introduce this to my kiddos today!!!
My game plan is for them to use this AFTER their first draft....when they can reread and circle the boring words and then try to find substitutes.
So that's my biggie for my classroom:)
My other 2 made its were for me:)  (I may or may not have posted the planter pics Instragram life and blog tend to blur together at times:/
 A couple of weeks ago, I decided to plant some Fall planters in hopes that the Fall weather would follow down to sunny Florida:)

I love my garden and spending time outside (and don't do it enough because I get caught up with the busy disease:/) 
My last made it is a necklace I made with supplies from my fave Hobby Lobby.  My sister sent me a pic of a cross necklace and I LOVED it but didn't love the $72 price I went to Hob Lob and found parts and made my own for less than $10!!!  Gotta love that:)
I used to design jewelry.....a long time ago.  Forgot how much I enjoyed it....need to start taking a little more time for me:)
So there ya have it:)  Can't wait to see what ya'll have been up to:)  I am in need of some new ideas:)
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  1. Can't wait to hear how your students use the new interactive board! It looks fantastic :) Love the planters and the necklace, too. You have such a great eye for design! Happy Fall :)

  2. Life would be so boring if we didn't have Hobby Lobby, wouldn't it? :)

    I LOVE your planters! Up here in Wisconsin, I just cleaned my planters out yesterday -- they were all dying and frost was forecasted for this week. I really miss my colorful garden in winter.

    Love your writing bulletin board idea! SO clever!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. Love the "Sharpen Your Writing" board. Great idea! This would have definitely come in super handy last year before FCAT Writes for sure! I will be sure to share this post with the 4th and 5th grade teachers at my school. Love the planters and necklace too. You're so crafty and creative!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. Tara! I don't know how the heck you have time to make all of this cute stuff. I am SO envious of your plants. Fall plants are now on my MUST DO list for this week. I have been putting it off because the weather isn't cooperating {meaning it's refusing to be fall-like} - but I don't care. I'm in fall mode now. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  5. Way to go on your projects! They look fabulous! Thanks for hosting a fun linky too.
    Kids Math Teacher

  6. Love your writing bulletin board! What a great idea to have a place for kids to go when they are ready to revise and need some inspiration!

    Forever in Fifth Grade

  7. I love the cross necklace!
    Your bulletin board turned out great!

    Fit to be Fourth
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  8. Tara, your planter looks great! I bet your garden is a great stress reliever! Love your necklace too!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  9. Great job - love the home made its. I saw your planters on Instagram and it makes me want to enjoy my backyard more. :) I have not been creative at all lately... too much paperwork and grading and cleaning and running the kids to all their after school stuff and watching my DVR. :) Yes, I know - a BIG run on sentence. That's what happens after a 2 1/2 hour staff meeting... Have a great week!

  10. I love your interactive bulletin board!!! I would love to do something like that! I just need to figure out a way to make some space for it! :) And that is so neat that you made your own necklace! I always shy away from the jewelry making section at craft stores because it seems like it would be difficult/take a lot of supplies that I don't have, but it would be neat to be able to design your own things! Hope you had a great Monday! :)

  11. I love your beautiful planters! I bet your garden is just gorgeous.

  12. Love your planters! I also think that your bulletin board idea would be perfect to "spice up" writing for my class of ELLs! Thanks for sharing!
    Miss Woodward's Class

  13. Love your bulletin board! Did you cut your envelopes using a cameo? I just got one and am still learning to use it! Love your new profile pic too! It doesn't even look like you. Looks like you've lost a lot of weight. Looking good! Keep it up!

    The Bender Bunch

  14. Love your bulletin board! Your planters look amazing, too! I can't wait to work on my fall planters and flowerbeds this weekend :)
    Simply Second Grade

  15. I am so new at this fun stuff I left my name and not my name of my blog. Sorry. I learned a lesson today. Love being able to connect though. I will certainly check out the other sites!

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