## Monday, July 16, 2012

It's Monday, so you know what that means....time for 4th Grade Frolics Monday Made It!

This week, I've been reading blogs about Calendar Math in 4th grade.  I am going to implement it this year, to give some refresher skills every day.  I'm excited about it.  I saw on Clutter-Free Classroom, that she has a small whiteboard underneath her calendar to write the date.   Since this will be the numbers used in the calendar daily, I knew I had to have one :) So, I went to the Dollar Tree, picked up a small whiteboard, cut out some letters using my Cricut, and came up with this: (Don't ask why it's sideways...it shows up fine on my computer)

She also talks about sprucing up the boring calendars with duct tape and ribbon too :)

Another project I worked on was making dice to practice math facts.
I made sets, one is numbered 1-6, and the other is numbered 7-12.  This way, they can shake them, and multiply the two together.  I saw some cute containers I can put two in, and have 12 different sets.  I don't have them yet though, so I put them in a small container so you can get the idea.
Another idea I saw somewhere, but can't find it now (so if its your idea, let me know and I'll add your link) is I made little trash bins for my groups.

Now, when we have to cut something out (which happens almost daily with math journals), they can put their trash in this small bin, and the group leader can take then bin to the recycle bin.  Hopefully, this will cut down on trash around the tables on the floor :) I HATE that!

One more thing I made, are signs for car-riders, bus-riders, and CIS after school.  (Communities in Schools...they have an after school program at every elementary school in the county. I still need to attach ribbon and clothespins, but I need to make a trip to Wilmington to the craft store to get cute ribbon...so that will have to wait until later in the week.

Here is the inspiration from Tattling to the Teacher

And here is what I made:
So that's it...I'm still working on my bench...I figured out that I can get a twin bed foam mattress pad, and put it on the plywood as the cushion!  I just have to get the fabric to cover with...again, once I get to Wilmington :-\

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1. Wow! I'm inspired by your productivity! I especially love the trash bins. So smart!

2. I love the dice that you made & the containers to put them in!! Great idea!
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

3. Made It Monday linky visit! I love how your clothespin "how I get home" tracker turned out! Just might have to try out the dying clothespin technique and make some black&white polka dot ribbon trackers! :)
Antonia
forkin4th

4. I love your little posters for how students get home. Those turned out awesome! What did you use to put your dice in? I need to find some small containers.. but haven't found anything yet!

Amanda
redseventeen@gmail.com
Reaching for the TOP!

5. I'm about to make the posters about going home too. Do you think a student would ever change while you were out? I would hope my student's wouldn't. What do you think?

6. @Amanda- I saw some at Dollar Tree the other day. The one in the picture are rubbermaid that I got at Target.

7. @ms Nelson- do yu mean them change it for fun or that their transportation changes? I will probably keep it in my corner so I can remember changes so if a sub were there, they still wouldn't be coming back there. At the end of the day though our secretary brings a spreadsheet of transportation changes so the sub would know if it really needed to be changed.

8. Hi Sara thanks for stopping by my blog. I am your newest follower. You have been busy. Thanks for sharing.

Jill
Bubbalulu.blogspot.com

9. Such great ideas Sara! Thanks for linking up and sharing:) Love your math dice idea too!!!