Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Made It: Supply Drawers, Mentor Text Buckets, Binder, and Just For Fun!

Let me begin this post by sharing this pin I found on Pinterest.  I never thought of myself as being "crafty", until I began reading blogs and looking on Pinterest.  Teachers are so creative and sometimes their ideas are just too good to pass up. I am finding myself in the craft stores way too often.
I'm a craftaholic on the road to recovery. Just kidding. I'm on the road to the craft store. on Tan Quotes - 1.5" Pinback Button
It’s Monday, so that means it is time to link up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!
I have been busy this past week making letters on the Cricut for my classroom boards and making over some items I already had in my room.  I am not going to bore you with the letters, but I will show you the makeovers.
First up are my supply drawers.  I bought these three years ago from Michaels.  They were originally white, but at that time I painted them brown to match my owl theme.  This is how they looked.  Poor things you can even see some scratches.

This year I am changing as much as I can to denim, so I bought denim Duct Tape to pretty up my supply drawers.

Then I added cute labels to make it easier to find things.  I love how they turned out!
Here are all three sets of drawers.

Next, I bought this binder from the clearance section in Michaels. 
I paid $2.00 for it and I had plans to change it up from the moment I saw it. I will be keeping my lesson plans, long range plans, standards checklist, and schedules in it.  It stays on my teacher table at all times.  Here is the front.

And the back.

And the inside with dividers.
My third Monday Made It makeover are buckets to hold my reading and writing mentor texts.  After reading a mentor text, my students like to go back and independently read the books.  I like to have them out, so they don’t have to ask me to get them off of my private book shelf.  I try and keep at least 12 books in each of them. 

They were also found in the clearance section at Michaels. (Can you tell I live in walking distance of a Michaels?  Both of the assistant managers know me, and they are both full time teachers.)   I bought them two weeks ago for 60% off plus the teacher’s discount.  The end cost was under $4.00!  When I got them home I found out that the yellow was too light to match the other items I bought for my classroom.  This is what they looked like.
Here they are sprayed painted, with a ribbon, and labels.
They are larger than they appear in the pictures, so I grabbed some of my teacher resource books so you can see just how large they are.

Lastly, I wanted to add some new place value cards to my math rotations.  Place value is such an important skill and mastery is definitely important.
I made this new set which includes:
*a place value chart
*cover sheets with directions for each set of cards
*6 sets of cards (24 cards in each set = 144 cards total)
*student recording sheets
*answer keys

You will find the following sets of cards:
*place and value
*expanded form
*standard form
*comparing numbers, ordering numbers
*rounding numbers

They can be purchased here.

My first set of place value task cards include:

*a place value chart
*cover sheets with directions for each set of cards
*9 sets of cards (a total of 148 cards in all)
*student recording sheets, and answer keys.

You will find the following sets of cards:
*place value
*base ten blocks
*base ten blocks with regrouping
*standard form
*expanded form
*word form
*comparing whole numbers
*rounding whole numbers
*ordering whole numbers

This set can be found here.

Just for fun I will give away one of each of my place value sets.  If you would like a chance to win one of the sets, all you need to do is:
*leave me a comment with your email address
*tell me what is your favorite part of the school day

*If you would like two entries, pin one of the task cards sets and leave me a link to the pin on Pinterest with your comment.
The giveaway will end on Wednesday, July 16th at midnight.

Thank you for visiting today!  Don’t forget to visit Tara at 4thGrade Frolics to see all of the other Monday Made Its!


  1. Love all your organizational tips! Great idea to use the denim duck tape to refurb that cubby organizer--looks fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing--had to laugh at the quote, too!


  2. Oh I LOVE your mentor text buckets, they turned out adorable! I love that idea too, I may need to do something similar.

  3. I absolutely love the mentor text buckets. So cute!

    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Balancing the Backpack

  4. I have buckets just like that! Now they need ribbon too!


  5. I would love to win the task cards!! My favorite part of the day is math! I, too, absolutely love the mentor text buckets idea.

    Sarah Day

  6. Here's my pinterest pin:

    Sarah Day

  7. Love your buckets to hold mentor texts! I've added your task card set to my wishlist! Looks great!

    Swinging for Success
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  8. Love the mentor texts buckets too! Love the task cards--put those on my wish list. My favorite part of the day is science. Here's my pin:

  9. Very cute! I don't know why I'm petrified to try duct tape on anything. I guess I'm scared I won't like it and will have a difficult time getting it off. Your project turned out awesome though with it. I love blue buckets with the different yellow ribbons. I need to pick up some new fun ribbon!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  10. Your buckets look amazing! I love your ribbon detail. I would love to win one of your place value card sets, perfect for the beginning of the year!


  11. I LOVE task cards- especially for math- my favorite part of the school day!

  12. I would love to win either of these sets! My favorite part of the school day is right after lunch, when I read aloud to the class. We get to take all kinds of adventures together; the time flies by and we have the opportunity to share some really interesting discussions and discoveries.

    My email address is:

    I pinned one of the sets, is the link:


  13. I love your mentor text buckets. That is a great idea! I'll be using it. I'm headed to Michael's now :)

    Second Grade Sweetie Pies

  14. I keep my mentor texts on racks that take up a lot of room. I'm going to try this instead. My favourite time in the school day is during Math stations when the kids are all engaged and I can meet with small groups.
    I pinned your Math task cards on
    Pinterest. The link is
    I'd love to have a set for my centers!
    Debbie K at Always Primary

  15. My favorite time of day is Reading. We have used Daily 5 since 2006. It is the best! Their new revised edition is awesome too! It is has so much more, including brain breaks!
    Thanks for asking!

  16. Thank you for creating Place Value Task Cards for Upper Grades!