Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tried It Tuesday and #Teachertalktuesday

I'm linking up with What the Teacher Wants! and Apples and ABC's for #teachertalktuesday ! I spend most days with my phone out, grabbing pictures of the kids and their work, so this was really fun!
I've you are on Instragram, I'm Sarahbelle1980 (Sarahbelle is what my roommate called me in college, 1980 for my birth year!).  You can ignore the twitter handle because I mainly tweet about running.
Here are the pics I shared today:
 I finally finished sports themed literacy stations for my class, and so far my students are really enjoying it!  Are we the only 5th grade class that does literacy stations? 
 To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, my students are creating Mexican Brochures!  Here they are using their organizers to help them write the brochure.

Here you can see my upcycled calendar, which I'm also sharing for Tried It Tuesday!
Last summer, I spent what felt like ages trying to decide on a color theme for my classroom.  Pinterest really caused everyone to step up their games, huh? :-)  My room is B-L-U-E BLUE, so I decided to go with black patterned borders and bright blues, greens and pinks for accents.  I covered my chalkboard with more blue, since I have a SMARTboard and I don't use chalk any more.
This picture is from my first day working on my room.  Can you see my calendar crying out because it doesn't fit in?
Being super cheap frugal a crafty genius, I decided to keep the calendar, but try to hide the bright border on it.  I used duck brand duck tape to jazz up my old calendar!

Voila!  A new(ish) calendar!

Are you on Instagram?  Do you use literacy stations in the upper grades in your school? Don't you just LOVE duck tape?  Be sure to link up with all of these lovely ladies:  What the Teacher Wants, Apples and ABCs and Fourth Grade Flipper!


  1. I love how you fixed your calendar to fit your decor theme - using duct tape - crafting genius! My daughters love duct tape, we have wallets, and bags, and bows and pencil toppers galore!
    Thanks for sharing that calendar trick!

  2. I love the duct tape idea! I see such fun colors everywhere and wonder how I could use them. Love your blue theme:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. Hi! I found you on the What the Teacher Wants linky and I'm your newest follower :)