Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher: Monday Meet Up & Monday Made It

Monday Meet Up & Monday Made It

Today I am linking up with The Teaching Tribune for their Monday Meet Up and  Fourth Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It linky party.

This week for the Monday Meet Up, bloggers are sharing three facts that you might not know about them. Here are mine...

Moving on to some craftiness...
If you follow me on Facebook, then you have already seen some sneak peaks of my projects. I will be doing a big classroom reveal in July, but I thought you might like to watch it come together.
My first project makes me giddy every time I see it! I spent a couple days in my new classroom this week doing some decorating. Seriously, I love decorating my classroom and always look forward to the summer for this reason. With my husband's help, I got my new writing board up for my sports themed classroom.

My husband is such a good sport! (Pun intended!)

The bat was actually pretty simple to make. We purchased the white letters from JoAnn's. We drew the stitching using a red sharpie. We purchased the wood bat from Wal-Mart. My husband drilled holes through the letters into the bat and then glued the nails into the holes. We didn't want to split the letters.

The background paper was purchased at a small local teaching store. You can find it on Amazon but for $23 a roll! That is ridiculous! I paid $8 a roll. I would check the teaching stores for it. It is the fadeless paper that most stores carry. Perhaps if they don't have this pattern, they can order it for you. I plan to use the paper for every board in my sports room. I like things to coordinate and I LOVE the bright green with the black and white. That is why I have a baseball bat on a football field.

I will show more of the bulletin boards next week! And I might have some sneak peaks on Facebook ;-)

My next project is also for my classroom. And most of the credit for this project goes to my husband. I am not handy with saws or drills. Heck, I'm not even handy with screw drivers. I prefer to stick to making things with my Mac!

I absolutely HATE tripping over backpacks while walking around my classroom. And then during the winter, I also get to step all over jackets. Grrrrr!!! So we hung backpack racks from the wall. It is our locker room!

This was another fairly simple project if you or someone you know is comfortable with the drill. We bought 2 inch boards from Home Depot. We even had them cut while we there. Saved a step for us! The next step was to give them two coats of spray paint. My husband screwed them into my classroom wall and added some hooks (also purchased at Home Depot). I made some cute varsity letters and we were done!

Finally, I made a couple new sets of math task cards. If you have been reading my blog for long, then you know that I am addicted to task cards!

First, I made some place value task cards that will be perfect for the beginning of the year.

The next set that I made is meant to encourage kids to investigate and graph data. I know my kiddos will love these and they can be used over and over because their are so many tasks for each student to choose from. The response booklet even encourages them to come up with their own future investigations.

Make sure to hop over to the linky and check out the projects that other bloggers are working on!

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  1. I am equally addicted to Dollar Tree to the point my boyfriend purposely speeds up when we pass one in hope that I blinked when it went buy! Little does he know I have all the locations in the area mapped out! ;) Glad to meet a fellow Dollar Tree Regular! ;)


  2. Your bulletin boards look wonderful! Glad to meet you today through the Summer Bloggin' linky! I am with you on the Dollar Tree addiction and being a Twitter foreigner...


  3. I am also addicted to the Dollar Tree and it must show. I got two different gift cards from kids this year to the Dollar Tree! I was elated!!! I love your sports theme room - especially your writing board!
    Mrs. Spriggs’ Kindergarten Pond

  4. I LOVE the Dollar Tree!! Your boards are AMAZING by the way! What a great theme!!!!! I am your newest follower! I can't wait to see the final reveal of that classroom!!
    Mixing it up in Middle

  5. Dollar Tree is definitely the place to be! I love all your task cards, my kids love them!


  6. I love the dollar tree too:) I have never been able to go in there and walk out empty handed (even when they didn't have what I was looking for!).

    Your classroom theme is fantastic! Makes me wish I was back in the classroom:)

    Technology Timeout

  7. Great updates to your room! I can't get back in my room until mid July and it's driving me crazy! Always have to wait for the floors to be done! Already have your new Graphing Task Cards--that unit comes so late in the year that I'm hoping to touch on it all year with this. Great job as always! No telling how many of your sets I own!

    3rd Grade Pad

  8. Last year our school did a sports theme. Your blog really inspired my room. I wish that I had better bulletin boards in my room. I have one rectangular board and one square, but they are not very big. Most of my wall space is covered with white board and my Promethean board. This year we are doing a jungle theme in our school.

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  10. Love your boards, they came out awesome! I've done the sport theme before but you put mine to shame!

    The Gemini Teacher

  11. Your writing board is very creative and pops. I did sports my first four years but never thought of anything that cute!
    Wild & Fun in Pre-K

  12. Love your sports themed room and I'm sure your kiddos will too! The bat with the letters is an awesome touch! So cute!
    One Happy Teacher

  13. Love that writing bulletin board. Super cute!

  14. Your sports themed bulletin boards are awesome!

  15. I LOVE the Locker Room idea! My boys' rooms are sports themed and this would be a great touch to their closet doors...now you have me planning a new project! :) LOVE the bat idea too!

    I {Heart} Recess

  16. Your sports theme is absolutely fabulous! I love your task card sets too!

    Swinging for Success
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  17. The boards are fabulous! What a great husband you have- but most teachers have a handy-man husband that helps us make things! Two summers ago it was wooden platforms for my crate stools and a long time ago it was dry erase boards cut from large sheets. By the way I also have no clue what Twitter is for- I just don't get it at all!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  18. WOW! Your classroom looks great with the projects you have done so far! I can't wait to see the finished set-up and boards!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  19. I don't use Twitter either, no worries! I love your place value task cards!

  20. You're titles for your boards are so appropriate for your theme... I love it! The bat project is so neat! :)
    Tales of a Teacher

  21. Oh I love your room! Your bulletin boards are adorable. I love the sports theme. My hubs would always come in to my room and help me with anything that I needed but he would NEVER let me take his picture! Such a sport! Hehe. Thanks for stopping over on my little blog. I was going to reply to your comment with an e-mail but you are a no-reply blogger. I was for a long time too! You can google it how to fix it so that people can reply to you. Jivey has a great how-to for it as well!! Just thought I would let you know! :)

    Funky in Fourth

  22. I am in love with you writing bulletin board. So much so I didn't even notice the baseball on football background. It will be a beautiful, useful room.

  23. Oh my goodness I am so in love with your room! Almost makes me want to do a sports theme!

  24. This is the first time I have been to your blog and can't wait to visit again. I love your theme and all of the fun ways you are incorporating it! Nicely done!

  25. Great ideas and your room is amazing so far!

  26. I LOVE the locker room idea. I need it in my classroom, but I have a few questions.
    1. Did you hang 24 backpacks on those 12 hooks shown?? I'm just trying to figure out spacing.
    2. How much space did you leave between each rack??
    G Russel 5 th grade