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Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Made It (#4, for me!)

Monday Made It..... Oh how I love thee! Seriously, this linky makes you complete all of those projects that you have been putting off forever. If you don't finish them, you won't have anything to share. So once again, I'm linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics to share what I've worked on over the weekend. So let's get to it!

This was a Pintrest-inspired project. After clicking on the link, I found that it was created by Marie over at The Hands-On Teacher In First. She has an awesome blog and some lovely zebra themed projects. :)

These are my objective signs. I think I'm going to add some ribbon for hanging them. I purchased the tubs from Target and made my the labels with the rainbow zebra theme. I got this idea from the Down Under Teacher. She has a great blog! They will be used for math centers. I changed the name of the labels a little though, still sticking with the T.I.M.E acronym. You should really check out her blog to read more about how she uses them in her classroom. I'm really excited about implementing it into my classroom.

I saw the button idea on Pintrest as well. The link led to Miss Kranz.  At my school, it is mandatory to follow our reading program, Reading Street... yea, I know. I made these buttons as an incentive for scoring well on the weekly selection tests and the benchmark tests. The second picture shows my hall passes. I used keychains to make these. I have to buy more lanyards to attach to the others... or I could make my own using ribbon... I think I might do that! :)

Brownie Points!!!! I can't wait to share this with my kiddos!!! I'm sure you've seen this everywhere! I found the picture of the brownie in Google Images... printed and laminated. I tried to make the background of the letters look like brownies. :)

Here are envelopes that I laminated as part of my classroom economy. My students will use these to store their zebra bucks! Zebra bucks you ask???? I made my own money!!! I love how they turned out. I printed the different amounts on colored paper. I still have to cut them out.....60 pages.... UGH!!!


Here are the accelerated reader punchcards I made!!! Rainbow Zebra!


Lastly, here are my guided reading sticks! I purchased the buckets at Hobby Lobby and added the labels to them. 

I have so much to do today. I will check with you all later. Happy Monday!!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Christmas in July!!!!

Hello All!! Today has really felt like Christmas! I received so many packages in the mail today and my husband even bought me a a really nice gift.... and it was just because! (or was it???? I think that there is a catch to it coming later. I'm not sure when, but I'm almost positive he'll bring it up when he wants something.) Anywho... I decided to upgrade from the "point and shoot" to my first SLR! OMG!!!! I absolutely love my new camera.

I couldn't open the package fast enough. My first test subject was my baby, Bella. I think she really likes for me to take pictures of her. She's sooooo cute!

I also received my document camera that I ordered from Ebay!!! It was such a hassle sharing one with all of the teachers in my building. I won't have to worry about that this year. I HAVE MY OWN!!! I'm sure most of you have Smartboards and some of the other fancy gadgets, but this is a big step up! Those resources are hard to come by where I work. That's okay though, we make it work. Maybe one day....
Sorry, the picture is sideways. :(

Finally, my sweet, yet sneaky husband bought me a nice gift. (I mean 2 gifts!!!) I really love my new laptop sleeve and my stereo headphones... IN ZEBRA PRINT!!!! Whoo, hoooo!!!

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday. I sure am!! I'm headed to take more pictures of any and everything. Haha!! 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fabulous Find Friday!!!

Happy Friday Everyone! I'm just getting in from spending some QT with the hubby. But of course, I had to drag him to a few of my favorite stores. Do you know this man gave me a 15 minute time limit in each of the stores......(Little does he know, it only takes me 30 seconds or less to find something I want. Ha ha! ---jokes on him! :) Anywho..... I thought I would share my finds from today by linking up with Fun In Room 4B for the Fabulous Find Friday linky!

Here's what I added to my corner in the living room today:


Zebra Print Pens in my colors!!!! ($.40) @ Office Max. I will be going back to get the rest of them. I couldn't get all of them today like I wanted to with you-know-who breathing down my neck.


3-ring binder, tablet, and composition book (Wooo, hooo...)


Books-a-Million $1.00- Mad Libs!! I love these! I used one I found on the Internet last year for a creative writing activity. My students really enjoyed it!


Who can live without ribbon??? Not me, especially not these! Don't know how I going to use them just yet, but I can't live without them!

And for the house..... I can never have too many shoe organizers. I found this one at Ross for $9. Now I can get the 3 pair of shoes I've been hiding in my trunk without you-know-who all in my business. I'll just use the line I always use..... "I already had these!"  (tee-hee)  27 more to go to fill this baby up! :)


I'm headed to the trunk now while someone is napping. He's exhausted trying to keep up with me! :)
Enjoy your Friday!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Made It (My #3) Yay!!!

It's time to link up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics. I thought I wasn't going to have time to link up today because I have been ripping and running all day snack shopping, pricing new living room furniture, cheer practice . Ugh!! But anywho... I've been quite busy again this week working on projects for my classroom and my house. Last week I started painting in the guest room and finally got it finished.Why didn't anybody tell me that painting was such hard work??? So I won't hold you guys any longer with all this chatter. Here are my classroom Made It projects:

Daily 5 Center Posters
I originally used clipart I found on google, but I purchased this Zany Zebra  clipart from Scrappin' Doodles to go with my Zebra theme.
Here are examples of my library basket labels.

These are my Pinterest inspired projects:
I painted this tissue box that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.
It's for notes from students.

Here is the hanger for papers with no name!

Now for my Home Made It.... I finished painting the guest room Amazon Stone (purchased from Home Depot). I covered the canvas with black and white fabric that I already had laying around the house from other projects. I really want a daybed for this room, but until I find one that I can't live without at a reasonable price... this will have to do. I removed the headboard from the full size bed and turned it sideways. Yes... a whole lot more space for this small room. If you didn't notice from the picture, I really love pillows!!!! I just pulled them from the storage and washed them up. I really love how it turned out. I still have a few other things to do in this room, but this will do for now. What do you think?


It's a small room so it was hard to get a good picture.

I hope everyone has had a productive Monday! I'm off to find some dinner. Check ya later!

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Hey everyone!!! I'm feeling super special this week... Why? I'm going to use all caps to express my excitement about all the love I've received this week. I FEEL REALLY SPECIAL BECAUSE I WAS NOMINATED, NOT FOR ONE, BUT TWO... I SAID TWO AWARDS THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I'm all smiles over here!) Let's not turn that smile upside down by not following the rules, so here they are:

One Lovely Blog Award:
1) Link back to the person who gave you the award.
2) Follow the person who gave you the award.
3) Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers!


The first award, One Lovely Blog Award,  came from Teaching Joys. THANKS A BUNCH!!! She has a really nice blog and she's having an awesome giveaway. HURRY on over there and check out the blog!

The Versatile Blogger Award:
1) Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2) Include a link to their site.
3) Include the award image on your post.
4) Give 7 random facts about yourself.
5) Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
6) When nominating, include a link to their site.
7) Let other bloggers know they've been nominated.


The second award, The Versatile Blogger Award, was passed on to me from two lovely bloggers, Lara over at the Organized Teaching Addict and Teaching Joys. (Yep! I'm telling you she is awesome!) Thanks Ladies!!!!

Here's my randomness:

1. I hate doing laundry! I go months a time without washing. No, I don't wear dirty clothes. I just buy new ones when I "don't have anything to wear." (which leads me to #2)

2. I have enough clothes to not wear the same outfit twice for at least a whole year. Sad, but true!

3. I own 180+ shoes! ( My husband has the nerve to ask why I want a new house with an enormous closet... DUH! This is exactly why!)

4. I love DIY and craft projects!

5. Of my many talents, I'm an awful gardener! Plants BEWARE!

6. My favorite TV shows involve crime, mystery, and drama! Such shows as Law and Order (especially SVU), First 48, Criminal Minds, and NCIS. My drama show of the summer weeks is Maury... You are the father! (Yes, I know! I like to see if my predictions are correct. Uh huh...reading strategy..  making predictions... I know you are going to try it! You don't have to tell me! LOL!

7. On average, I cook twice a month. It's not something that I enjoy doing (I don't like to do the dishes, and neither does my other half. Yes, we have a dishwasher- WHATEVER!) I think WE just enjoy eating out ALL the time!

I hope this isn't cheating, but I would like to nominate the same blogs for both awards. Here are my nominations:

Tonya's Treats for Teachers
               Tonyas Treats for Teachers

Confessions of a Teaching Junkie

Teaching in Room 6

Teaching with a Touch of Twang

Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

Fifth is Fabulous!
5th Grade Rocks, 5th Grade Rules
From Blood to Books!
                From Blood to Books!

What the Teacher Wants

T is for Teaching

Lessons With Laughter

5th Grade Tomfoolery
               5th Grade Tomfoolery

Fifth Grade Dugout
               Fifth Grade Blog

Fifth Grade Fancy
               Fifth Grade Fancy

Mrs. Allen's 5th Grade Files

Whew!! Enjoy your day!