Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Made It and a Freebie

After finally linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics last week for her Monday Made It, I got so excited that I started right in on this weeks projects. I was hoping to have 3 done but with all the rain we have been getting here in Southwest Florida it's been difficult to get outside to paint or build so one project is on hold until next week (I hope).

My first project I found on Pinterest (doesn't Carly at First Grade Fabulosity posted this adorable mini pocket chart stand.
I decided to modify it so that I could put 4 of the mini pocket charts from Target's Dollar spot that I got last year to use as a station either on a table or on the floor. This is how mine turned out minus the charts since they are locked away in my closet at school.

I hope this next week I will finally be able to get my keys back and hopefully change classrooms (God willing). The room I want to move into is made for Kindergarten but has been a 1st grade room. The counters and chalkboards are lower and there is an extra closet and let's face it Kindergarten needs LOTS of storage!

My other project I came up with as I was thinking about new ideas for my reading centers. I always teach my kids to stretch the words and then write down the sounds they hear so I came up with the Stretch a Word activity. Kids stretch the word and move the rubber band (or string) to the next brad for each sound. They hook the band on the brad with the final number of sounds (ex: if the word has 3 sounds they hook it on the #3 brad). Next they either write each sound with dry erase or use letter tiles or letters in each box to represent that sound. Finally they write the word all together on the bottom line.

You may need to secure the board to something stiff as it does tend to curl the board for longer words, either that or get longer rubber bands. I'm attaching the boards as a freebie. Click here to go to my brand new store at TPT. This would be a great activity with picture cards or objects.

Since I opened at TPT store, I also decided to add the All Star Writing posters that I had in my Made It Monday post last week. I noticed that it had been pinned a couple times which excited me to no end. lol I had to change the graphics since I do not have a Thistle Girl reseller's license so it's a little generic.


  1. When I first saw the picture from the link I thought it was a table, but to my surprise it is a pocket chart holder! What a wonderful idea for students to use and at their eye level!

    1. Don't feel bad, my daughter thought the same thing. It's hard to tell without the pocket charts. lol

  2. I love the pocket chart stand! My classroom is extremely limited in space so I tend to use center activities that don't need a pocket chart. This might work though! The stand could easily be stored and pulled out for use. Thanks for sharing!

    Primarily Speaking

  3. The chart stand is wonderful! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I see that you are in Port Charlotte! We are practically neighbors..I live in Cape Coral :) I would love to have you link up to my "Blogs of Inspiration" page. I tried to follow you, but there is a message by your follower area that it is "unable to handle your request" and to try again later.
    Happy Teaching,

    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

    1. I would love to have you follow me. I saw that when I went to the page but it disappeared when I refreshed. So weird. I will definitely check out your page.

  4. The chart stand is great, I like the four sided idea. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love your word stretching boards. What a clever idea! The pocket chart stand it great too. Thanks for sharing!
    Cathy :)

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  7. Ooops - I messed up on my original post!

    I love how your chart stand turned out. What a great idea to make it so it could hold 4 charts.

    Hooty's Homeroom

  8. What a wonderful chart stand, I also thought it was a table.

    Little Treasures

  9. I love the pocket chart! What a great way for four students to work at one place! I am your latest follower. i would love to have you come by and see my blog!

  10. I love how you adapted the pocket chart to hold 4! So cute! Thanks for linking up! Looks like you're staying busy!

    4th Grade Frolics