Monday Made It

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!



  1. The 10 frame idea is GOLDEN! Love this simple interactive idea!

  2. That 10 Frame is ahh-mazing! Your students are going to love it! The struggle is real here too with getting things straight. I'm the only person I know that can cut a crooked line on a paper cutter...go figure.

  3. Your focus sticks are my favorite - very cute! I enjoyed your blog post! Pam  Visit my blog at PJ Jots!

  4. The 10 frame is AWESOME!!! You did a fabulous job and it is going to be perfect for your kids. I bet they are going to love using it!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. I think I'll be making those Focus Sticks for my next MMI! Thank you for sharing! :)
    Miss Johnston's Journey

  6. Such great ideas!!! LOVE the focus sticks and that 10 frame!!!! What an amazing hands on activity for the kids. They will love it and learn so much from using it!!! Thanks for linking up:)

  7. I love the ten frame! I bet it will really help them master the concept!

  8. How fun! I want a jumbo 10 frame! Although it won't get much use in 4th grade. And those focus sticks are adorable (yet useful)!


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