Once again I have another Monday Made It...
My goal today was to put some of the resources I have purchased on TpT this summer in binders and to make some fabulous pencils.
This is what I started with this morning. A pile of binders, feathers, Duck Tape, pencils, and papers.
Now, here is what I did ALL this morning.
First, I put these great resources into binders.
I want to give a shout-out to Laura Martin and Lori Rosenberg for sharing these resources. I snagged Laura's Math All Year and Lori's Writing Station Activities and I Can Write...Writing Menu.
I plan to use Math All Year for independent work during my math block and Lori's writing resources are for my Work on Writing center.
To stay super organized I put all the papers in page protectors so they stay nice and crisp. Also, for the I Can...Writing Menu here is what I did.
First, I put the cover in the cover slip of the binder for easy identification. I printed it in black and white to save on color ink.
Next, I printed the menu sheets in color on cardstock, laminated them and put them in sheet protectors.
I also put a black and white version of the menu choice in the same sheet protector. I did it this way because I plan on introducing each menu choice one at a time. I will store the colored copy in the binder until it is ready to be introduced. It also makes for easy clean up at the end of the year. I will know exactly where to put each menu choice.
Finally, I put the directions sheet behind the menu choice followed by any writing papers that go with that choice. Easy Breezy!
Now, for my second Monday Made It project of the morning.
***This is not my original idea. I found it somewhere and didn't Pin it. If it is your idea, let me know and I will give you credit.***
I found this great idea for jazzing up pencils. I made two different sets. One set for my guided reading table and the other set is what I will be calling "publishing pencils".
The feathered pencils is are my "publishing pencils". I will place this in a tin can in my writing center. I'm going to have my students use these during our writing workshop time. Once they have gone through all the steps of the writing workshop and are ready to publish their work they can use a "publishing pencil". My plan is to really emphasis how to use these pencils. The are special pencils and only work if you use your Best. First. Grade. Handwriting. :)
The pencils with Duck Tape only will be at my guided reading table. Last year there was so much wasted time when it came to pencils. I always told my little ones to bring their pencil but they always managed to forget. Imagine that! Then I placed pencils at the table but they would always take them with them. It seemed like a lose-lose situation.
This year I have a solution. I am going to have pencils at my table ready to go, but they are marked with Duck Tape so they don't go missing. Problem solved! Hopefully!