Monday, August 13, 2012

It was a Word Work week!

Let me start off with something that has nothing to do with school....Jacob got a car for his 16th birthday yesterday!!  His birthday is actually on the 21st (which is the first day of school....how gross is that???), but he got his gift a little early.  His grandparents purchased a new car and were generous enough to give him their old one!!


This was a complete birthday surprise for him!  When his grandma handed him the keys in the restaurant he said, "Did I just get a car?".  I'm so nervous that he will be free to roam the streets without me, but super duper excited that he is making the transition into a young man......I absolutely love that boy!!!


This will be my last Monday Made It for a while!  We found out on Friday that we will be able to move into our classrooms on Friday the 17th after 4 p.m.  We have Open House on Monday and students start on Tuesday the 21st.  That means I have 3 days to unpack every single school thing I own, put it away in my new classroom, decorate my room, and prepare for Open House and the first week of school.....no pressure!  Since I will be in freak out mode next weekend and will be working round the clock I'm guessing I won't have time for a Monday Made it post......on with this weeks goodies!

Last year I had 6 Word Work activities that students could choose from during this time.  Most of my ideas came from Tara at 4th Grade Frolics, and Laura Candler at Corkboard Connections.  I even used Tara's idea for creating the folders to hold them in.....cute huh!


I made these new activities to add to the fun!  You can get a free copy of any of the worksheets here.




The Sand Scribes will use our new colored sand boxes!



Our typists will use our new colorful keyboards.  I had thought about using the laptop keyboards, but taking them out always seems to take forever, and with a simple keyboard we'll save time, and nobody will "accidentally" turn on a computer :)





This idea also came from 4th Grade Frolics! I found these little pouches in the school supply section at Target for only $0.97!  They hold all the Magnetic Words Supplies! The letters were also from Target near the college/dorm back to school stuff, and the magnetic white boards are from Dollar Tree.

I plan to add my new ideas to last year's choices:

Vocabulary Foldable (from Laura Candler)
Words Worth, Scrabble, Secret Code, and Stampin' It (from 4th Grade Frolics)



I even got two new ink pads in blue and red from the Dollar Spot at Target!

I also had time to create Poetry Pots (inspired by 4th Grade Frolics....again!)



I wrapped up this very busy week with a very simple Box Tops container (nothing special just a left over sand container some craft paper and some stickers)



new bins for the kids to turn their work in.  Since we departmentalize I made a bin for each teacher with folders in each bin for the most frequently turned in kinds of work.  I'm hoping this makes organizing and grading hundreds of paper each week MUCH easier! I had the folders and I got the bins at Walmart for $1 in the dish section.


And, last I made an "I'm Done, Now What?" board.  I'm loving this thing and I think it's going to make an awesome addition to my room.  I got the genius idea  from Shelley Gray of Teaching in the Early Years!!!


This little guy was really time consuming to put together, but I have a feeling it's going to be well worth the effort!

Oh, and I finished two weeks worth of lesson plans yesterday.....all that's left is to get that room put together!!!  If you haven't linked up with 4th Grade Frolics this summer you are missing out.  Head on over there and check out all the other AMAZING Monday Made it projects!!





18 comments:

  1. I love the sand idea! What a great sensory activity! the keyboard is super cute too - I know we have some old ones that don't work any more that would be perfect for this - and I love how you added the duct tape to it! Good luck on transferring to your new room!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I still need to find one more keyboard to use with my Type It activity....getting ready to put out a plea to my friends on FB :)

      Lisa

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  2. Oh my goodness!! I have been so busy checking out all the links to your ideas! Thank you!! I am loving your "I'm Done, Now What?" too! I just don't know if I can add another item to my to do list. Yikes! I am your newest follower!!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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    1. Holly,
      Thrilled to have a new follower! The "I'm Done" board is amazing, but it does take some time to put together....I'm thinking all the little snippets of time added up...probably took me an entire afternoon. I think my students are going to love the choices though!

      Have a great school year!
      Lisa

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  3. Lisa,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog: uncommontothecore.blogspot.com

    With a name like "Super Pig Tyrant King" you know that I had to stop by and check out your space! Of course, I also decided to make myself at home and join in the madness (new follower)!

    You have been super busy and your ideas are FANTASTIC! I can't wait to put together a few little word work stations of my own!

    Awesome, awesome space here! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Good luck as you put your classroom together!

    Nikki
    An Uncommon to the Core Teacher

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  4. Also...any chance you'll be adding your Magnetic Words, the first page of your Rainbow Words and the Sand Scribe sheets to your Scribd location? They weren't there and I love them!

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    1. Nikki,
      I checked a minute ago and all the documents should be on there. The back page of magnetic words and sand scribe are the same as rainbow words and type it so I didn't add a second page for those. If you down load one it should work for the other. Hope that helps, and please let me know if you don't find something in on there that you need.

      Lisa

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  5. Wow....you have been so busy. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas!!

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    1. You are so welcome! I'm thrilled that others can use them!!

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  6. Wow! I'm super impressed! You got a ton done this week; even lesson plans?! Amazing!

    Love your blog, and super love the name!

    I'm your newest follower and happy to add you to my list of professional resources!!

    ✿Lynn
    Inside this Book

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    1. Thanks Lynn! The name came from two books that my children wrote when they were in 1st grade. You know the one....the child write the story and illustrates the pages and you send it all to the company to have it hard bound....that was the name inspiration for my blog :)

      Thrilled to have you as a follower and even more thrilled that you consider my little ol' blog a professional resource....Thanks a billion!!

      Lisa

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  7. These are awesome! I am your newest follower--I would love to have you come by and visit my blog! You could even enter my giveaway for a laminator!

    www.ateacherwithtoutaclass.com

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    1. Thanks so much for following! I am already a follower of your blog and just love it. I didn't enter the laminator giveaway because I am already fortunate to own one....I just love that thing!!!

      Lisa

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  8. Hi Lisa! You've been busy!!! Love your new additions to word work! I'll be borrowing some of those:) Thanks for linking up and for the shout outs on my items:))))

    4th Grade Frolics

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  9. Hey Lisa,
    I would love copies of the new word work activities but I don't facebook:/ Is there any way you could send copies to my email? tara.eiken1@gmail.com.
    Thanks bunches:)
    Tara
    4th Grade Frolics

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  10. Hi Lisa

    Your word work activities are great. I tried to download them on Squib, but the rainbow words (pg 1) and magnetic words are missing. Is there another way that I can get the documents?

    Thanks for your help!
    Kari

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    1. Kari,
      I don't know why that keeps happening. When I look they are among my products and they are made public, but then when I go to the public view they don't show up. I've reloaded them a zillion times, but it keeps happening. Sorry about that....I'd be happy to email them if you want to send me your email address.

      Sorry again for the headache and confusion!
      Lisa

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  11. Lisa

    Thank you for the kind offer, my email is willk@wwschools.net.

    Thanks again-
    Kari

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