Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Made It- Nameplates, door decor, and QR code center organization!

I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for another Monday Made it!

First up this week I have my new desk nameplates for next year! I made a few changes to the ones I used last year, moving some things around and adding the shapes/ruler. We are not going to be focusing on measuring by nonstandard units for the first time this year (yay!), so I think the ruler is a perfect addition.

I just sent them to Staples for printing and they should be ready for me to take over to the classroom store for laminating by Tuesday! Last year was the first year I laminated my nameplates and what a difference it made! They stayed nice the entire year instead of just the first couple of months.

 I also made some changes to my front door display. My set last year was black and white and seemed a little too dark, so I brightened it up a bit!

I still have to cut out the circles (one of my least favorite things to do, but the kids wouldn't really by "spotted" in first grade if their name wasn't on a spot, so I will just have to do it!)

Next up, organization!

I made some binders to store the QR code listening centers I have been making, complete with polka dot covers. :)

Each set is in its own page protector pocket, with Velcro at the top to keep them from slipping out. I used scotch expressions tape to cover the Velcro so that it would look better.

I also printed out labels with the covers of all the books. I don't always remember what a story is about by seeing just the title, but the cover usually jogs my memory.

I recently ordered a 120 pocket chart from amazon, but the cards it came with are pretty boring and only came in black or primary colors, so I decided to make my own!

I have a 100s pocket chart that came with my grade level math kit, but our standard goes to 120 and I always have a few students who really get lost once they get to 110, so I thought this would be better. I want to have chart displayed all the time and have designated times for the students to pick a card and find where it goes.

The pocket chart itself is the usual royal blue, which obviously does not work for my classroom, so I am hoping to have made it black by next week...

 Will I be successful? Stay tuned!




  1. I have never heard of a 120 pocket chart before. That's awesome! I love the idea of printing out the covers for the books to go with the listening centers and QR codes!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Loving the organization of your listening centers. I've about decided binders could be the answer to several storage/organization problems.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

  3. Absolutely love the QR code listening center idea! I will keep this in mind... I use QR codes a lot in the classroom, and the kids love them! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas...


  4. My kids think using QR codes is the greatest thing since the invention of recess. I can't wait to introduce your listening centers during my Daily 5 time. What a terrific idea!

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