Is tomorrow already the 4th of July?! Yikes! I don't know about you - but it is H-O-T here in Missouri! Since I have been spending a lot of time indoors due to the heat, I have been able to sit down and create some things that I want to use in my classroom next year. Many of them were pinterest inspired but I thought I would share what I've been up to.
Don't you just LOVE the writing choice boards that have been floating around pinterest? I have seen several that I love but I wanted to create one that went along with my camping/forest themed classroom. So I sat down and came up with this... Warning: I had to lay these out on my table or my bed to see how they will look on a bulletin board. Sorry for the ugliness - but hopefully you can use your imagination and see the possibilities with a cute background and border. We cannot get into our classrooms until August!
This will give you an idea of what my bulletin board will look like:
So then I thought it was too dark of a background so here is another picture:
After I cut these out - I decided I wanted to have the option to just cut out a square instead of all the little nooks and crannies! Whew...my hands were aching! So I came up with this - I haven't decided which one I will use yet - So I printed this one out on paper so I could see how it looked.
I made some generic list cards to go with "Make a List" part of the board. There are 12 cards but here are a few of them. I plan to laminate, put on a ring and hang on my board next to the "Make a List" choice.
While I was at it, I created some recipe cards, letter templates (forest themed), list templates, and created the cards to make the title of this board. I'm not sure how many out there do a camping theme - but if you are interested you can find them here at my TPT store.
I also made some new name plates for my student desks. I print these out and laminate them and then USUALLY adhere them to my desks with contact paper. This year I think I'm going to use velcro to attach my name plates. I like to use cable ties to hold my desks together so when I need to move students around - I don't have to move their desks - just their name plates!
I made 2 sets - one set is specifically geared for FIRST GRADE and the other is for ANY GRADE. Here are a few examples:
Next year we are going to be focusing more on the six traits and I decided that I wanted some posters that went along with my theme that students could reference after I teach each trait. I just LOVE how they turned out... here are a few:
I tried to use simple language that my first graders could understand. I made a poster for each of the traits plus 1 for Presentation. If you are interested here is the link:
Last, I just love some of the alphabet cards that I have seen lately and I have been wanting to do something that was "foresty" or camping related so I sat down today and made these cards. I printed some of them out and hung them in my office just to see if I would like them. I can't wait to replace my old, faded, ugly alphabet line above my Smart Board! Here is a picture but it was very sunny so it is a little dark:
Here are some of the cards included in the set... I just LOVE dots on chocolate!
I decided to outline the vowels in pink so they will stand out a bit from the consonants. I am so excited about these - I am ready to head to the laminator! Click on the picture below to go to my TPT store.
Well - I didn't mean for this post to be SOOOOO long. I had several emails asking me to create some more woodland themed items. I have a few more ideas that I hope to add very soon - but I almost forgot - I am having a SALE in celebration of the 4th of July! Everything in my store is 20% off until Friday, July 6th. Hope you are keeping cool in this 100+ degree heat! Have a great day!