Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Yes, that's right, I didn't choose 3 winners... everyone is a winner!!
Oh, and I even had a chance to make a new little something last night after my munchkins went to bed (no, I really can't go even one day without working in some aspect). It's a Watch Me Grow pack. You print out about 12 leaves, put them up on the wall vertically (I put mine in my door frame), and use them as a non-traditional form of measurement to measure your kiddos' height at the beginning and end of the year. There's even a page to print out with spaces for their pictures and the information that goes along with the picture!
Hope you like it!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
The set comes with 10 different color mats, one for each color, plus cards to match up to the color and printable letter tiles in case you don't have a set of your own!
I'm so excited to use this in my classroom this next week. I plan to laminate the color word mats so the kiddos can write on them with wipe off markers and reuse them. Plus, I'm even thinking about putting velcro on the back of the picture cards and on the work mats to make the matching easier! Make sure to check out the whole set in my store by clicking the picture above and take a minute to find a few other Make It Monday posts over at 4th Grade Frolics:
Sunday, July 21, 2013
So, first thing's first. Make sure to check out the Apple A Day linky party over at the Applicious Teacher for more data collection ideas...
and the Make It Monday party at 4th Grade Frolics for some wonderful creative ideas.
I finally came to the conclusion that the best way to combine everything is to simply have the item to be assessed and add a set of 4 boxes underneath that can be checked or used to record info at each of my 4 assessment times (beginning of the year, fall, winter, end of the year).
I know, super simple solution right? Well, that just goes to show where my brain has been this summer that it took me that long to come up with it. Anyway, I decided to make the assessment packet as self-sufficient as possible by putting the letters and numbers out of order. That way, I can simply show the kiddos the packet and eliminate the need for flashcards and lots of extra assessment pieces. Pretty much everything needed for the assessment is included. All you would need other than the packet is a set of math manipulatives for sorting and patterning plus some base ten blocks to see if they know what they mean.
The best part? The whole assessment packet is FREE until MONDAY afternoon!! Make sure you head over and grab it while you can!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Elizabeth at Hodges Herald
Alyssa at Just a Primary Girl
Claire at Sorry About the Mess
Wendy at Read With Me ABC
Amy at The Teacher Next Door
Amanda at A Very Curious Class
Lauren at The Sweetest Thing
Tarita at Papers, Pencils, and Books
Mary Kate at Windy City Learning
Well, now that I've shared a bit too much about myself, enjoy the rest of your night!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
The trick to getting them peeled was to put them in water until you see them start to peel.
Then you just unroll the paper off the crayon and it comes off in one nice, neat piece.
Each time one came off clean, I laid it out flat to dry so I could use the papers in addition to the crayons.
So, for this project, all you need is glue, mod podge (could just use more glue instead), clothespins, a Sharpie marker, a paintbrush, nail file, and dry crayon papers.
If you notice, there is an obvious line between where the crayon paper was exposed and looks kind of old and where it's nice and clean. So I decided to do a set of clothespins that have the Crayola logo and a set that are blank.
Simply take a clothespin and mark on both sides to get a long, skinny rectangle a bit bigger than the clothespin.
You're ready to cut them apart!
Now, obviously the crayon paper isn't as long as the clothespin. Never fear, I have a solution!
Use the same Sharpie to color a bit of both ends to account for the short crayon paper.
Spread some glue on top.
Put the crayon paper on top and push firmly wiping away any excess glue that squishes out.
Looking at it from underneath, you'll notice a tiny bit of extra paper on each side. Don't worry, we'll take care of that next.
Take your handy dandy nail file and file gently file the very edge. Make sure you file in a downward motion away from the top of the clothespin. Try to avoid a motion that looks like playing the violin since filing in an upward motion will push up on the crayon paper and will push it off the clothespin.
Now, I found this AWESOME Mod Podge at Hobby Lobby. It's the sparkle Mod Podge. If you don't want to spend the extra cash on this. You can either paint plain ol' glue on the clothespins or you can make a Mod Podge-ish concoction by mixing equal parts glue and water. Then if you want to add some sparkle like I did, you can either add some glitter to your glue, sprinkle it on while the glue is still wet, or even just use glitter glue as your sealer. Lots of options!
Anyhoo, so I just painted my Mod Podge on top.
I'll be honest, I was a little scared when it looked goopy and white but, as I'm sure all you Mod Podge veterans know, it did end up drying clear.
After TWO coats of the Mod Podge, this is what I got:
These are the Crayola logo clothespins.
Here's a set I did by just coloring the top with colored Sharpie markers and painting over with Mod Podge (I had the markers out so I thought I would experiment a bit).
And these are my favorite. I love how sharp and clean they look! All I need to do is get my class list so I can write the kiddos names on them and they'll be ready for my Clip-it Behavior Chart!
I had so much fun making these, I'm actually considering putting a set up for sale. Maybe even a freebie? What do you guys think?
Monday, July 8, 2013
Now, if you've ever tried to recycle crayons, you know how big of a pain it can be to peel the paper off each and every crayon. I found a super easy way (on Pinterest of course) to get the paper off. All you do is put a handful of crayons in a bowl of water and let them sit for 10-15 minutes. They should look like this...
The paper just rolls right off! (Tip: Crayola crayons peel MUCH better than the off-brand crayons!) So easy my girls even wanted to help!
Next, find the mold you would like to use. A lot of times you can find cheap, shaped molds at Target in the Dollar Spot. I actually just got a set of bacon shaped ones, but I'm saving those ;) I chose to use these awesome heart shaped ones (because I've used them before and I know they work well). They're made of silicone so it's super easy to just pop the crayons out when they're finished.
Break the peeled crayons up into as small of pieces as possible (mine were about half an inch). The smaller they are, the better they'll melt. You can either mix colors or put similar shades together. I chose to mix so that all the kiddos had similar crayons rather than some getting blue, some green, etc.
If you use a floppy silicone mold like I did, make sure to put it on a cookie sheet so it will be easier to handle when putting it in the oven and taking it out. Set your oven to 350 degrees. I set my timer for 10 minutes but, depending on how big your crayon pieces are, they could take anywhere from 6 to 15 minutes. They should look like one solid, waxy puddle when they're done.
Pull them out and let them cool. I waited about an hour just to make sure they were fully cooled but, if you're using a smaller mold, it obviously will take less time for them to harden.
Once again, I love silicone molds. You can just flip it over and push on the bottom to pop them out!
And voila! Finished rainbow recycled crayons! Just one part of my back-to-school gift for my kiddos.
Make sure to check out more Make-It Monday posts like this over at 4th Grade Frolics!