Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October Currently, Made it {some}day, & Other Stuff!

Well, that's one heck of a title, huh?  Since school started, the blogging has obviously dropped!  Just too much to do and not enough time.  That's why I'm loving October's Currently from Oh' Boy 4th Grade.  She's gotten me motivated to make a post!


So I'm super excited about the changes in my body since I started going to boot camp in July.  It's a GOOD problem that I need new clothes.  It's not good that I feel kinda dumpy and like I have a saggy rear end all day.  I think a shopping trip needs to happen ASAP!

Can you believe our district doesn't give us Columbus Day off?  Ughhh!  My husband (a Marine) even has the day off.  I'm going to try and see if I can find a sub and maybe take Monday off, too.  Anyone else have to work on federal holidays?  Double ugh!

I know I'm breaking the rules with my book......but it was just released at the end of September.  So that sorta makes it almost an Octoberish book, right?  I LOVE J.R. Ward and this is her latest in the Fallen Angels series.  I've just started reading it and so far so good!



I've also been meaning to do a Made it Monday post hosted by 4th Grade Frolics.  But I can never seem to get it together to actually make the post.  So today, I'm having a Made it {some}day post!

At the beginning of the school year, the art teacher sent out a school-wide email saying she had some free easels to give out.  I was ALL over that.  I've been needing an easel to use during whole group and to put my chart paper on.  Well, this is what she had to give away for free!


 Well, I knew I could make it into something great!  I took the paint covered chalkboard and white boards off.  I went to Home Depot and bought some new whiteboard (it was like $13 for a sheet).  They'll even cut it for you for free!  I then sanded the frame down, primed it, and painted it white.  I bought the cute polka dot duct tape from Wal-Mart and put it around the edges.  Then my husband helped me screw the new whiteboard onto the frame.  And now VIOLA!  I have an awesome chart that I can write on as a white board or use for my chart paper.  Which is great because I use the heck out of some chart paper everyday!  This is the new and improved easel!


 Another thing on my to-do list FOREVER was to make these Making Words folders, which I saw on Pinterest.  Teacher Bits and Bobs has the template for the letters for FREE!  I used these today in one of my small groups and it was so much easier than finding/counting out the letters that everyone needed.



I know it's sideways, but you get the idea.  I made the front cover and you can download it for free by clicking on the picture.



I've also been working on some Halloween and Thanksgiving stuff for my classroom.

I made this super cute Hocus Pocus sight word game.  It has words that are typically taught in 1st grade.  One of my dear followers requested I made some games with harder sight words.


I also used the same words to make this Gobble, Gobble sight word game that I just finished today.


And I'm really excited about these Common Core aligned Candy, Candy, Candy math centers.


And wow, I should really post more often!  That was a WHOLE lot in one post!  I hope everyone is hanging in there this school year!

13 comments:

  1. YAY for your weight loss! That's awesome :) And I love your making words folders. I really need to do that! I'm your newest follower & just found you through the Currently Linky. I'd love for you to stop by sometime :)

    Kelly
    First Grade Fairytales

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    1. Thank you!!! I used the Making Words folder with my kids this week and it was fabulous! So much better than hunting out tiles!

      Angelia

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  2. I too just found you through the Currently Linky - Love your easel!!!! =)
    Come on by Fifth is Fabulous -
    Joann

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    1. Thank you! The easel has become my new favorite thing in my class. I use it everyday!

      Angelia

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  3. Love your new easel. Congrats on the weight loss. We have Friday and Monday off.

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    1. Our district is so stingy about giving days off! I sure wish we had a fall break of some kind!

      Angelia

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  4. Congrats on loosing 10+ pounds. That is fantastic!
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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  5. Congrats on the weight loss!! You are going to look awesome when you start surfing, lol!! The easel looks fantastic, great job. I need one for my class:) We have Monday off here but it is because it is a furlough day, BOO!!

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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    1. Corinna,
      I looked at the school calendar and saw all the furlough days. Yikes!! Can you believe we fly out in 67 days?? I'm starting to get a little panicky here! Can't wait to get there though.

      Angelia

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  6. Ugh we don't have Columbus Day off either! Such a bummer! Congrats on your weight loss - I'd love to try a boot camp class sometime :)

    - Sasha
    The Autism Helper

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    1. Sasha,
      I LOVE going to boot camp but man is it hard to get up at 4:30 for the morning class and it's so hard to motivate myself to go after work! It's nice to know we're not the only ones working on Monday (but I did find a sub for me).

      Angelia

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  7. LOVE the easel and congrats on the weight loss! Shopping for new clothes is so much fun! We have workdays on federal holidays. Nice, huh? I'm a new follower!

    Young Daze in 5th Grade

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