My summer of insanity continued full blown this week with Jake's senior pictures...last day of Camp Literacy...closing the sale on our old house...and moving into
our new house that was ready six weeks early my mom and dad's!
It seemed like it took forever, but we finally "made it" through the move! I thought the stuff to pack would never end. But after four trips to Salvation Army and numerous trips to the in-laws barn, my parents' garage, and the storage unit, we got it done. On Tuesday the moving truck arrived to take all the big furniture and stuff we couldn't do ourselves. My husband conveniently couldn't get out of work that day...really?! And I single-handedly carried up every dumbbell, barbell, and free weight from the basement. No guilt about not working out that day. Just when the movers were finishing up loading the truck and I'm thinking...is this really going to fit in the storage unit?...I get a call from our realtor. The buyers of our house want to know if we want to leave any of our furniture in the house and sell it to them. Are you kidding me?! I told the realtor he called a day too late, and in my head I pulled a Tom Hanks from Money Pit.
Luckily I was able to get my two makeover projects done shortly before the move. Made It #2 was a two-piece find at a local antique and consignment mall. I knew one of them would make the perfect addition to my library. Here's the before...
I enlisted my husband once again to do the dirty work...
He cut big pieces of press board to fit on the back, I traced the openings and did the fun job of painting them.
As always, Emmitt is there to help!
I love the end result and can't wait to put it in my library and fill it with books!
The fraternal twin of the first piece looked perfect for storage! Here's the before...
After more sanding and painting, his full potential is revealed!
Then add bins from Big Lots!
I can't wait to load him up!
Finally got to check something off my summer to-do list...my Camp Common Core Critical Verbs Bundle! The 37-page packet and word wall set can be used to help prepare your students to do their best on assessments including the common core by teaching them 37 critical verbs used on tests.
You can find this new product at my TPT Store.
Made It #4 is actually a couple years in the making! My district started using the MAISA units created by Oakland Schools for Social Studies a few years ago. They are packed with activities that get the students much more involved and interested than the boring old social studies book. I did struggle with a couple things though. One problem was the same one we struggle with in every subject area...the lack of time. I discovered that with my allotted time for teaching Social Studies, I would have to really pick and choose which activities I would use so that I could still get through all the units in the year. The second thing that drove me crazy was the abundance of handouts for students. Some students have a hard time keeping track of where their textbook is let alone several different handouts for each lesson.
So, two summers ago I spent a great deal of time going through the units and deciding which activities I would do with my students. I retyped all the lesson plans only using those activities I felt I had time to use and built in time for vocabulary quizzes, study guides, and test. Then over the last two school years I created all-encompassing packets for each unit that contain all the handouts the students would need. I even created typed answer keys of these packets for my special education inclusion students. Here's a preview of what one of my packets looks like.
I finally have everything compiled and I'm ready to share!
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I have created teacher resource sets to go along with each of these units as well. They include a variety of materials such as vocabulary flashcards, games, and quizzes, unit review games, worksheets, and writing assignments, just to name a few. Here's a peek at one of my sets for the Road to Revolution unit.
I have also created study guide and assessment sets for each of the units.
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If you are interested in the Social Studies textbook I reference in the lesson plans, it is available at Amazon. You can find it by clicking on the link below.
And here's a peek at our summer made-it project in progress. The stone work got finished this week. I didn't even want stone to begin with, but I love how it turned out!
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