Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Made It- Supply Caddies, Hall Passes, Scales, and an open house freebie!

I'm linking up with 4th grade frolics for another Monday Made it.

I've got a few pretty big projects to share today!
I have shelves with supplies at each of my student tables (see the post here) and I decided that the caddies I use for pencils/markers needed an update.
I started with the plain caddies in my table colors,
then I took some plain plastic cups and hot glued felt around them to fancy them up a bit. I also painted some of my plain wood tags black and tied them on with polka dot ribbon (that has been secured with a rather large amount of hot glue, just in case!)
I am really loving the results! Hopefully this will help my kids keep things a little more organized this year than my class did last year!
I've seen a lot of pins about hall passes and wanted to fancy mine up a bit.
I took more of the unfinished wood tags, then covered them with the BEST duck tape I have ever seen! Flamingo duck tape!
I could not have been more excited when I found it at Michael's, it is absolutely perfect for me!
I added a black ribbon, then hung them up in my new display. It's an unfinished wooden shadowbox that I got and painted/mod podged. The white hooks are push pins that I pushed through, trimmed, them put hot glue over so there are no sharp edges. The finishing touch was the pink ribbon border.
I also did the same thing for my media center passes.
I ran out of the green ribbon that I like to use in classroom projects, so I didn't get to add the border inside yet. I am also debating whether or not to add some white polka dots to the black frame. It looks a bit plain to me, but I tend to go a bit overboard... :)
I wanted to have my QR code stories available to my students for when they finish their centers early, but don't want them to be going into my newly-made/beautifully organized binders to get them, so I came up with this!
I printed a duplicate set of the code cards and will be putting them onto binder rings. I will have two sets hanging in this display in the library for my fast finishers.
I saw this idea for turn-in baskets that require students to highlight their name with a color that corresponds to their level of understanding on Elementary School Garden a couple of weeks ago and loved it! I did want to make a few changes so that it would coordinate with the colors I use on scales in my classroom.
I didn't want to take up all of the counter space with multiple baskets and already had this extra set of plastic drawers, so I made the labels to match and stuck them on.

I labeled the buckets for the markers/highlighters and it is ready to go! I will also have a few markers at the student tables so that there isn't a long wait to turn things in.
This is the new table scale I came up with for this year. I picked the colors to match my tables (naturally), but they are also in the order that they appear in on my behavior chart. I figured it would make it a bit easier for my first graders to remember what each color corresponds to if it matches the order of our behavior chart. 

Each student will have one at their desk so that they can show their level of understanding while they are working independently.
I had a moment this week when it suddenly hit me that our teacher work week starts on August 11th, not the 18th like I had thought! Naturally this lead me to a small amount of panic, I do not feel at all ready! I went through my to-do lists and picked out something that I will need to have done before open house on the 15th, my tags for the little bags of goldfish I like to give out.

I was digging through my craft boxes looking for the extra ribbon I remembered having when I came across this- 
I must have made enough for two years last year! Thank you last year me!
I was so thrilled to find these pre-cut and ready to go that I have decided to share them as a freebie. You can get the tags in three different backgrounds for grades K-3 in my store here. Enjoy!


  1. Wow, you have been working hard!!! I love your update on the caddies. So cute!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  2. Your shelving looks awesome.They are so very cute! I'm afraid to paint mine. A few of my painted things from last summer have already chipped.

    I love the qr code stories. Tell me more. Do they listen to an audio cd? Very cool!!

    Just a Primary Girl

    1. Thank you! I am actually going to have to repaint the shelves this year because I used a top coat that wasn't durable enough when I added the polka dots last year.

      The QR codes are actually linked to videos of stories I have been recording. I have a freebie in my store here:
      The Crayon Box that Talked


  3. I love the caddies! They look wonderful. You sure have been busy this week. Everything looks amazing!
    Fun in Room 4B

  4. Those supply bins are great! Love how you added the black labels. Also, I really like the idea of using duct take to make passes. Smart!

    Creativity to the Core

  5. Great projects! I love the turn-in drawer organization. Doesn't it make you smile when you find something that you prepped the year before.


  6. Your hall pass shadow boxes are perfect! I wouldn't add a thing... they look clean and organized!
    Tales of a Teacher

  7. You have been super busy! Love the highlighting idea! The hall passes are cute!
    The Techie Playground 

  8. You've been BUSY!!!!! I'm loving that duck tape :)

    Dirty Hands & Lesson Plans

  9. Busy, busy, busy!! Love it all and NO time left to take on a new project! The hall passes are just FAB! Where did you get them? I have black shelves at the end of my tables, too. TOTALLY going to have to add the polka dots.....maybe on a Friday and surprise my kiddoes for Monday!

    3rd Grade Pad

    1. Thanks! The wooden tags I used to make the hall passes are from Michael's.

      Make sure you use a thick top coat if you add the polka dots. I used one of those spray coats and it started flaking off within a couple of weeks, hence the repainting I am going to have to do when I get back into my classroom!


  10. Love the highlighting codes! Finding those already pre-cut and ready to go must have felt like finding money in your winter coat and the beginning of the season! SCORE! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    Selling the Sizzle

  11. Wow! You've been busy. I love your hall passes. And your QR stories.

  12. You have been so busy! I love the hall passes, but especially love your bookcases next to your tables. I wish I had enough room to have that in my classroom!

    Stacy Hayden

  13. What a great idea to have the kiddos turn their work in by their rating on the learning scale - never seen that before. LOVE those color-coded caddies with EXTRA cute polka dot ribbon!! :) looks adorable
    Antonia @ forkin4th

  14. Such cute ideas! Thanks for sharing!! ;)
    Tammy (The Owl Teacher)

  15. Do you have the posters for the turn in work available? I love this idea :)