Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Made Its: Word Wall Heading, Caddies & Suitcase Writing Portfolio...

Mondays have just been flying by, it seems--time for another Monday Made It with 4th Grade Frolics...

Word Wall Header

Well, back in the classroom work time has come for Courtney and I! We both will be using a paper plate word wall header this year.  Mine is rainbow colored, and hers is yellow to match her classroom color scheme.  Feel free to download--rainbow or yellow!

Supply Caddies Finished!

I finished my supply caddies yesterday--finally!  I adore how they turned out--rainbow colored, of course.  Kept it simple with a knot at the top instead of a bow. Then I attached a circle number to each side (group numbers).  We have mentioned these caddies before when sharing a favorite pin, so check out the original post by Anna at Life...As I Know It.  Cortney will also share a picture of hers when she is finished...

Adventure Awaits!: Suitcase Writing Portfolio

I mentioned this made-it last Friday, but wanted to include it today because it truly is a made-it. I loved designing and making this suitcase writing portfolio, and I hope that my students have as much fun making theirs as I did! Here's a little background that I shared earlier...

When I was student teaching first grade many moons ago (20 years ago now), we used a simple pizza box to store student writing portfolios. For the many years since then, I have used various other systems with older students—-binders, folders, files in crates, etc.  When I switched grade levels a couple of years ago (2nd grade), I began to think back to my earliest days of using a pizza box.  The boxes worked well because students were able to collect entries of all sizes, the boxes were easy to access in the classroom, and writings were taken home in a secure container at the end of the year. I decided to start using pizza boxes again—so I have created this fun way of decorating a pizza box into a suitcase.  Writing is truly an adventure for the kids throughout the year! You can learn more in my TpT store...

Back to school is just around the corner for us, so we hope to be sharing some pics of our classrooms sometime soon...

Thanks so much for flying in! Have a great week!


  1. I love the decorated caddies. I have added them to my to do list. The pizza boxes are a great idea to keep student work. Did you have any trouble finding a place to store all the boxes in your classroom?

    Thank you for sharing your ideas.
    Enjoy the final days of summer!


  2. I made a word wall, too! Yours looks great! Your table caddies look AMAZING! I am so inspired to decorate mine! Thanks for sharing! I'm teaching 2nd grade this year, so I'm looking forward to reading your other blog posts!

    Seconds at the Beach

  3. I love the supply caddies. So cute!

    Carolina Teacher

  4. Your buckets turned out great. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I like the pizza box idea...where do you keep them when you're not adding to them?

    Everyone deServes to Learn