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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