It's Monday, so that means I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for another edition of Monday Made It.


This week I have three projects to share.


My first Made It gave me a few challenges.  When I attended a professional development session for our new math program (Investigations) last week, the presenter shared a perfectly made large 10 frame that I just had to make.   

Mine did not come out nearly as neat, but I'm still excited about it.  (I tend to have some difficulty when it comes to making things straight.  The plastic was an added challenge.)  I am happy with how it turned out, and I'm sure it will be put to good use in my classroom.

The frame looks like this.

Make a mega-10 frame!

I got the plastic from Joanne's.  It was $3.00 a yard, and I only needed 2 feet.  The Duck Tape was a gift from one of my sweet students last year.

The next step was to get some counters.  I used plastic plates from Meijer.

Use plastic, Duck Tape, and paper plates to make a giant 10 frame!  This is great for tactile learners.

I love how students now have a large visual of a 10 frame.  This will be a great way to work with my tactile learners.


Several years ago, I remember reading about focus sticks.  I thought they would be really cute if I ever switched to a younger grade.  Well, now I am switching to second, so I had to make some.

First, I read this fabulous post from Hoots N' Hollers.  This post has a free download, so you can easily make your own focus sticks.  I just needed to buy craft sticks and Googly Eyes from Joann's.

These focus sticks are great to help with editing for conventions.

There is also a free download for a label on the same post.  However, I made my own label to match my classroom colors.  Finally, I put all the focus sticks in a can from the Target Dollar Spot.

Focus sticks serve as a great visual guide for students during the editing process.

I plan on using these focus sticks to assist my students with editing.  They will serve as reminders to edit for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and (my favorite) asking, "Does it sound right?"

Thank you!

My Facebook page is full of great mentor texts, anchor charts, freebies, technology links, and other ideas for your classroom.  I'd love to have you follow me there!


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    As I prepare to move to second grade, I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I want my reading block to look like.   Our district is switching from the Daily 5 format to a workshop approach.  I definitely see positive aspects to both approaches, but I am open-minded to making changes, especially since I am switching grade levels.

    One aspect of the literacy block that will need to change is the way I track the reading students complete at school.  I need something different than I used in fourth grade and different from the Daily 5 tracking sheets.

    Suggestions on how to track students' reading at school

    I do plan to continue tracking the reading stamina of my young readers.  I definitely see the benefit of tracking the amount of time students can fully attend to their reading.  It's great to have a visual so students can see their growth.  I like this cute form from Taming My Flock of Firsties.  I plan on using it next year.

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    This week I spent a lot of time reading Lucy Calkin's Guide to the Reading Workshop.  As you can see from all of the Post-its, there were lots of great suggestions here.  


    One of the points she emphasized was for students to keep a record of what they read in class.  I got to work on developing a form for my students to track their reading.  One thing I definitely wanted to include was a goal section to help students set and maintain high expectations for themselves.  Here is the form I came up with.

    This free reading log helps set and track reading goals.

    Then I thought about the students who were not quite ready to read chapter books.  I know I will work together with the Intervention Specialist to help a few students who are below grade level.  I wanted to make a form that would be appropriate for them to use as well.  It is important to me to have the forms look similar forms so no one would feel different.  My second form looks like this.

    This free reading log helps set and track reading goals.

    I am hoping these forms will help students set goals and stay on track during reading time.  I will definitely monitor them closely and discuss reading through conferences and small group work as frequently as I can.

    If you would like to download these forms, just click on the pink button below.


    How do you track your students in-class reading?  I'd love to hear your ideas.

    I am looking forward to sharing more about what I learned from my reading.  I have a lot to tackle, and I will share as much as I can.

    Thank you!

    My Facebook page is full of great mentor texts, anchor charts, freebies, technology links, and other ideas for your classroom.  I'd love to have you follow me there!


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      Hooray!  It's time for Monday Made It!  I'm excited to link up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for one of my favorite linky parties.


      I have two Made Its that I would like to share with you today.


      I went searching on Pinterest to find some fun activities for calendar time with my second graders next year.  One of the pins I came across inspired me to make my first Made It.

      Here is the pin.  It is from Jessica at Tales of a Teacherista.


      I like the idea of hanging this on the board for calendar time, so I attached ribbon to mine.  However, I can also see using it for small group work, one on one help, and partner activities.  Here is my version of this activity.  


      I laminated both of the printables.  A dry erase marker works perfectly for writing the amount of money.  I initially used magnet tape to attach the coins.  However, they were a bit too heavy and kept falling off.  I ended up getting out the hot glue gun to secure the coins to the magnets.  I also glued the ribbon to the cooking sheet and used packaging tape for extra security.  



      I got the cookie sheet at the Dollar Store and the ribbon at Jo Ann Fabrics.  If you would like the printables I used, you can get them here.


      Next up is the Behavior BINGO game I made.  I blogged about this last week.  You can read that post here. Basically, when students reach pink on the clip chart, they may write their number on the BINGO board. Once the board is full, the class helper will pick a number.  The winner may choose one of the prize card rewards.  You can download the printables I used to make this game here.


      I have many more items on my to do list.  I am looking forward to sharing more in upcoming weeks.

      I can't wait to check out all the other Made Its.  Thank you, Tara for hosting this fun linky!

      My Facebook page is full of great mentor texts, anchor charts, freebies, technology links, and other ideas for your classroom.  I'd love to have you follow me there!


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