It's Monday! Linking up with Tara to share what's ready for school.
My HUGE project from this past week was getting my students' notebooks ready to go - all 165 of them. In my grade level we collect supply donation money at the beginning of the year, and teachers get exactly what the students need. It's something that parents have really liked (which as a parent it's something I like too). So 165 composition notebooks later they are color coded, labeled, and there are dividers tucked inside (printed off on address labels and stuck on specific pages). DONE!
I made up folders for my new Lit. groups. I know I have my Lit. Buckets for discussion questions, but I also decided to have a writing portion too - so I made up one per group. They have the sheets from 4th Grade Frolics tucked inside. I figure that the groups will take turns writing on the specific portions during their time together, after discussion, and that the papers will stay in there for the entire time that we are tackling the novel. I did choose a bright color for the folder (I don't have any other orange folders in the classroom) so they can't go missing - at least not easily.
In case you missed it this weekend, I uploaded 2 new freebies over to my TPT Store. One are these birthday cards for students. I have glow sticks that I have tucked inside a jar for students to get on their special day. I printed them off on card stock (using the black & white version).
The other freebie is a collection of my favorite Back to School Essentials. I told all about them yesterday. :) Rainbow Edit, Whole Class Writing Journals, and Monthly Grammar Coloring Sheets. LOVE them!
I had to make up more Tidy Tubs for my students. Every year I add a couple more bins to my class collection. It seems that every year I add more interactive notebook activities or paper projects, and need more of these tubs in circulation. The Dollar Store has this size in a 5 pack - which is awesome!
I also starting thinking about going deeper in my Social Studies, so I wrote up nonfiction passages about our California Explorers. This might be the closest I ever get to my childhood dream of being a children's author... 30 pages later it is complete! I uploaded it last night, and it's presently 50% off.
School is starting to be on my brain ALOT! Only one week until I'm in Science trainings for the new standards. I need to finish all these projects! Have a super duper day!