Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Made It!

Hi everyone! Quick update on my summer reading: I finished reading Teach Like a Pirate, Daily 5, and Cafe. All 3 books are great reads. I'm planning on talking about these books when I share my completed classroom for the 2013-2014 school year. This way you can see how these books influenced my classroom and instruction. Now back to the real reason I'm here... my first Monday Made it!

I've been working like a mad man getting ready for the new school year. My goal is to finish all major projects one week before we get back in session. Can it be done? We'll see!

Here is my quick Monday Made it post to share some of the things I have been working on.

My Classroom
Here are a few snapshots of my classroom. This is the first year I will departmentalized and will be teaching ELA and Social Studies. I'm working on making my classroom more subject focused. I put up my C.R.A.F.T. and V.O.I.C.E.S. boards and think they look sweet! A huge thank you to Ladybug's Teacher Files for providing the labels I used on my boards. Click here to get your own set for free! 
 My first real major beast to attack in the classroom is my library! (more on that when I finish). 

Drawer Organization 
I've been wanting to make one of these drawer units for a while now and I finally did! I used the blank labels provided by The Tattooed Teacher with this post. Click on the link and she has all the steps and labels you need to get yourself organized. 

Daily 5 Posters
This year I'm using the Daily 5/C.A.F.E. structure for my reading instruction for the first time. I will be blogging a lot more about that soon because I would like some feedback once my plan is finalized. I went ahead and started making my posters for the daily stations using these hipster monsters. Who doesn't love a monster in glasses? 

Photo Album Task Cards

Finally, I wanted to share this awesome idea that I saw on FB from Rachel at Minds in Bloom. I used $1 photo albums (purchased at Wal-Mart) to store all of my station task cards. No laminating needed! Now students can flip through the task cards and get to practicing! 

Hope you all enjoyed my first Monday Made it and thanks for stopping by. Until next time...


  1. Wow, your classroom looks great! Love the Daily 5 posters and am inspired to make some to match my classroom theme. The photo album for the task cards is a brilliant idea... this will be on my list, too!


  2. Your classroom is coming together! :) I love your suggestions about the task cards. Nice post.
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  3. Love the photo album idea:) Just made the leap and got my own laminator for home. I need to get motivation to get started on my room......

    Everyone loves monsters with glasses;)

    The Phonics Phenomenon

  4. Just found your blog through the linky! Love it!

    The Reading Corner

  5. Your Daily 5 posters are awesome!! Love the task cards in photo albums too!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  6. Hey Mr. G!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I just ordered "Teach Like a Pirate", so I'll have to check back with you once you get your room done. I also have a lofty goal as far as completing my classroom and having the first 3 weeks of school "mapped" by July 31st!

    The one thing that is going to take me library. I was wondering if you would share insight on how you are setting up yours. I found an app that I think I may use to manage it, and I'm about 90% sure I'm going to group by genre. LOTS to do. I hope to have completed classroom pictures up in a few weeks.

    Have a great week!
    Fun In 5th

    1. Hi Megan! I currently working on my library too! I will be posting about it when it's complete.
      I am using an app named Book Crawler and it costs $1.99 but it's awesome. I just scan the UPC on the book, it finds the book, and it has a section for notes. In that section I am typing the genre bin # and key words. So when a student is looking for a specific book or I need one for a lesson, the app has a search option so I can easily locate it. It's a tedious task but I will be so happy once I have it.
      Which app are you using?

      I am also organizing my library by genre and using Scholastic Book Wizard to help me categorize the books. I've labeled my bins by genre, gave each genre bin a number, and used Avery mailing labels to put inside the books.

      I created the labels with my name and a blank colored square on the right hand side of the label. Then I just stick the label inside the book and write the bin number on the colored square. So far, its working well. *fingers crossed* haha

      Hope this helps and I look forward to seeing your completed projects! Good luck!

  7. So excited I just found your blog - I am your newest follower via Bloglovin'! Come stop by if you get a chance :)
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  8. I'm diggin' the monsters! You need the Sushi Monster app if you don't have it already- it will totally go with that theme.

    Everyone deServes to Learn

    1. Totally going to check out this app! Thanks!

  9. Your classroom is lookin' fabulous!!! You might be the coolest male teacher ever! I love your monster Daily 5 posters. You will love the Daily 5! I used it with my 2nd graders last year and was simply amazed at their independence, willingness to work hard and push themselves, and their love for reading! I went to the CAFE conference this past June and am just still not quite sure about that piece. I tried it off and on this past year and it was just.. really, really challenging to let go of reading groups! I can't wait to see your finished room!

    That's So Second Grade!

    1. LOL! Thank you for the compliments!
      Also what you said about daily 5 was really great and keeping my excited to try it out this year!
      Thank you again!

  10. Your room already looks great!!! I love that photo album idea!!


  11. I live for your classroom! It looks great - colorful, interesting, but not overpowering. I dig it. :) I'm working on my library, too...but I started just staring so I left it for the day. I haven't decided whether to level the books or not, because I don't want to discourage kids, but I also don't need my level D kids hauling around Harry Potter for goodness sakes! You will love, love, love Daily 5...I wish I had known about it when I taught 3rd and 5th! Happy classroom setting up!