Monday Made It-July 20

It's Monday Made It time once again, and I have a couple of projects to share!

We had beautiful weather this past week, and I was inspired to get outside and get my hands dirty!  I decided to do something with the rock retaining wall we have out back.  It's hard to see in the picture, but grass and weeds were growing up in between the rocks.  

I cleaned out all the weeds, packed in some top soil, and planted some Myrtle (which I have always loved!) and Ornamental Oregano (which I didn't even know existed, but couldn't resist when I saw it!).  

I really like how it turned out!

My second Made It was a desperately needed makeover!  One of my first products way back when was a set of activities for the first week of school.

Though not horrible, these certainly aren't my style anymore.  So, I decided to make them over and add more activities.  This bundle went from 19 pages to 48 pages!  I added a set of 33 Back to School Bingo cards...

First, you have your students go around the room and have other students sign their name in boxes that apply to them and what they did over the summer.  Then everyone heads back to their seats to play Bingo.  When a student gets a Bingo, they tell which spaces they covered.  For example, "Zach went to summer camp, Sarah rode a horse, Emily cooked dinner, and Jake went on a boat."  When a student's name is mentioned, that person raises their hand and waves to the class.  The student who got the Bingo plus the kids whose names were mentioned all win!

Another activity I added is called Last Kid Standing...

I also created a pamphlet that students can make to leave on their desks for parents to get when they come to Open House...

There are all kinds of great activities included to make your first week of school run smoothly!

You can check out my new and improved bundle at my TPT Store!

Stop by 4th Grade Frolics to see all the other Monday Made Its!

2 for Tuesday-July 13

I'm linking up once again for 2 for Tuesday with Chalk One Up for the Teacher which means it's time to do some bargain hunting!

Here are the two products I have chosen to put on sale for 50% off today...

"Start the Year Out Right, Letters to Parents" is one of my most wish-listed items, and I'm excited to say I stayed up til the wee hours of last night finishing an update on this great back to school product! I added adorable Melonheadz clip art and made seven of the letters editable!  Now you can either write in certain aspects of the letters, such as your class rules and consequences, or you can use the PowerPoint version to type them in.  Here's a peek at a couple of the letters you get in this bundle...

Check it out today while it's half off at my TPT Store!

My other deal of the day was one of my favorite projects I finished this last school year, my Nonfiction Reading Unit Using Zoobooks.  I have always loved Zoobooks as do my students every year, and I struggled with a way to get started teaching nonfiction strategies when all the kids don't have the same book to read.  Zoobooks were a great answer to that problem!  My classroom and school libraries already contained many copies of these high-interest books and they are easy to duplicate on the copy machine for the class and partner work.  

Stop by my TPT Store to check out this huge 86 page bundle while it is half off!

Happy bargain hunting today at 2 for Tuesday!

Monday Made It - Flowers, Frosting, and a Freebie!

I'm enjoying the best part of summer and linking up once again with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!

I love this part of the summer when my flowers are thriving, and I'm remembering to keep them watered.  My window boxes and the crock by the door have filled in so nicely!

The ivy had grown so much, I had to give them a trim the other day.  They were trailing all across the porch!

The flower bed has really taken off.  Here's a picture from a post I did on May 25th...

Here we are just seven weeks later...

I also love the daisies I planted on the side of the house...

I suddenly got a craving for a German Chocolate Cake the other day, so I decided to try out the recipe from one of my favorite books, The Cake-Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free.  The cake part wasn't a problem, but I had no idea how long it took to make the frosting.  I had to cook evaporated milk, sugar, butter, etc. on the stove for twelve minutes, stirring constantly until it thickened and turned golden brown.  Well, after twelve minutes, it wasn't golden brown, after 14 minutes, still not golden brown, finally I just said enough.  My arm was ready to fall off!  Of course, it quickly then turned golden brown and thickened too much.  So I had to do a little doctoring of my own to get it back to a consistency I could actually spread on the cake.  Even if it wasn't the prettiest cake, it was certainly delicious!  The cake mix doctor hasn't failed me yet!

I have provided you with a link below if you'd like to check out this great gluten-free resource!

After some hard work on social studies lessons and packets this week, I needed a fun break.  So, I put together a cute 2015-2016 School Year Calendar.  

Here's a peek at some of my favorite months...

You can grab this calendar just in time for back to school at my TPT Store for FREE!  Enjoy! 

Make sure you stop by 4th Grade Frolics for lots of summer Monday Made Its!

Five for Friday-Another One Off to College

I'm keeping myself busy and linking up today with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

Keeping myself busy so I don't have too much time to think about the fact that my youngest has now gone off to college.  

We moved Jake into Kettering yesterday, and even though it's not too far away, it's still a big adjustment.  It was a long day of working to keep my emotions in check, something that isn't easy for me.  One bright spot was when a professor mistook me for Jake's older sister.  :)

Enjoyed finally getting the chance to spend some time up north in Petoskey last weekend.  It was nice to see my mom and dad and brother Ozzie.

I'm surprised I got a picture of him that isn't blurry.  He doesn't hold still much!

We had a beautiful day to go to the antique fair, though we just couldn't seem to find that perfect treasure we were looking for.  I thought this sign was really cool but way out of our price range.

I had a lot of fun this week making a new version of my classroom helpers bulletin board set using my latest addiction, Melonheadz!  I created two different types of job headings...

two different types of student name cards with the option of clip art or a space to put a photo of each student and also the choice of either writing their names or an editable PowerPoint version so you can type their names...

two different banners...

and more!

I can't wait to do my bulletin board in August!  You can find my Classroom Helpers Bulletin Board Set #2 in my TPT Store!

Something else I accomplished this week was diving into the realm of 4th grade Social Studies!  Many of you may know that I have adapted the MAISA Social Studies units for 5th grade and now share the year's worth of plans and student packets for free, and have also created teacher resources that go with each unit.  You can read more about that here.  I was contacted a while back by some 4th grade teachers and asked if I was planning on doing the same for 4th grade.  My answer was one of my usual ones...I'd love to if I could find the time!  Well, I have at least gotten started and am happy to say that this week I finished the Our Federal Government unit at last!

The 71 page Teacher Resources Set is now available in my TPT Store and contains instructions on how to receive the unit lesson plans and over 100 page student packet materials for free!  Once I have the entire year's worth of materials completed, I will announce it right here!

Have a wonderful summer weekend, and check out all the Five for Friday happenings at Doodle Bugs Teaching!