Monday Made It: August 3rd

Thank you Tara for hosting this great linky again this summer. Now that I am two weeks from reporting back for pre-planning, and three weeks from the first day of school, I'm kicking it up a notch with the school made-its!

I made labels for these Dollar Tree tubs that I picked up for STEM lessons. I have 6 of them which will give me a tub for groups of 3 students and up. I place all the materials students need for a STEM challenge in the tubs ahead of time so they are ready to distribute during the lesson. Last year I used foil baking pans, so this is a great step up! I used some chalkboard labels from Graphics From The Pond and I love the way they look.

 I went to school on Thursday and copied all the pages for my students' math data booklets - enough to make 40 books - and used about 900 copies! We get copies by the month, so I wanted to get in there in the hope I had July copies. Plan B was to beg for them! Fortunately the machine was already programmed. I only have two booklets put together - the rest of the pages are at school waiting for me to cut them. I have my own binding machine at home, so I'm planning to stop in today and use the paper cutter and then bring them all home to bind. I divided the booklet into the 6 units we teach in 3rd grade and made a page for each standard. Students will graph their data.


This book contains lots of resources and lessons from last year on Growth Mindsets. We began this focus at the beginning of last year and I collected a lot of materials during the year that I wanted to organize. The think I love about books like this is that I can easily open them up and add more pages. I will definitely be doing that, since I have a big resource on my wish list waiting for this week's Back To School sale at TPT!


This made-it was inspired by a Pinterest find (see picture below). It does not have a link back to the original source, so if you know whose board this is please let me know. When I saw it I thought that it would be a great display for the board at the front of my room. I made signs with all the sayings. I plan to start the year with just the stair steps part on the bulletin board and then add the other things with my students, since we set aside the first 30 minutes of the day for the first 2 - 3 weeks to talk about our brains and our mindsets.

Last  year this was my "No Excuses" writing board, so when I was at school this week I switched that over to my magnet board, put up my new border, and got it ready to be the mindsets focus board.

So, this is the new writing board. That is an oil pan from Walmart that I have attached to the wall with the Command velcro strips. A few strips of magnet tape on the back of my signs and it's good to go. I refer to this board a lot when giving a writing assignment - it has my non - negotiable expectations of capitals, punctuation, and complete sentences!

I still have a lot to do to be ready in three short weeks!  

Don't forget the big sale - my store is 20% off.


  1. Wow you have been super busy. I need to make math data notebooks. I am scared to use the binding machine. Love all of your creations this week.

  2. I love how you have the STEM buckets ready to go for their activities. You just gave me a brainstorm! Thanks!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. The STEM bucket idea is great. Thanks for the inspiration to go get my copying done!

  4. I think the growth mindset is so important. I have a handout for my kiddos that we'll talk about at the very beginning of the year and it will go in their binder. I love your bulletin board though. I think I might need to add that to my class, too!
    Are We There Yet?


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