Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Made It Class Journals Galore!

     I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made it!  I LOVE this linky!  It reminds me that I NEED to finish my projects on my project list.  Speaking of that, my project list has about 20 items listed and I don't have a ton of time left to get them all done!  Oh well!  They will be done when they are done.
      Many of the bloggers I follow are already getting their hands dirty in their classrooms.  We are not allowed in our classrooms yet, so most of my to do list items are things that I can work on at home and prep before the year begins.  Here are some things I have finished:

 1. Class Journals- 
      I have noticed a lot of posts on Pinterest about class journals. I decided to create my version of class journals.  Most of the ones I have seen have had one prompt on the cover.  I wanted my journals to allow for more than one prompt to be used throughout the year.  So, I labeled my journals by numbers.  On the first page of each journal is a prompt for the students to respond to.  I purchased 30 journals from Office Depot for $0.25 each!  WOO HOO!  I actually used an editable Teacher Binder Packet that I purchased from TpT by Bridget at  I created the covers using a template for the teacher binders and cutting it down.

      Do your students always want to share stories and ideas with you?! My kids always want to share and I wish I had more time in the day to talk to them about what they want to share. SO, I thought this would be a great way for my students to not only practice letter writing, but also share their thoughts with me.  In this notebook, the students will write letters to me and then I will respond to their letters!  
2. Take Home Teddy Journal- 
     I always have my students take turns taking home a Teddy and his journal in the beginning of the year.  See my post HERE about Take Home Teddy and for a little freebie.   

3. Teacher Binder- 
     Our school does not require us to print our lesson plans and for the past few years I have used  Because of this, I have gotten a little less organized with student information and I have not been as good at keeping everything together.  So, I purchased an editable Teacher Binder kit (mentioned above) and started piecing together my teacher binder. I am hoping this will help me organize information as the year begins!

4. Pie- 
     Who doesn't love PIE?  We have a TON Of peaches that we either froze or canned in the last few years.  We need to get rid of some of them, so what better way than making a pie?  I am looking forward to a piece of peach pie when I finish this post!  

Tomorrow I will start on the long to do list I have, but for now, I am going to enjoy a little piece of pie!  



  1. Enjoy some peach pie for my....yum-O! Your journals are adorable. Gives me inspiration to give my plain ol' composition books a face-lift! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Now I'm YOUR newest follower:)

    1. My piece of pie was yummy! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog, too! :)

  2. I can't get into my classroom for right now either, so I'll work on this at home. Thanks for the idea! Glad to be your new follower!

    Diary of a Grumpy Teacher

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am your newest follower as well. :)

  3. I LOVE those journal covers...I think I might have to copy them ;) I'm planning to use some whole class journals with my 4th and 5th graders this year too. I'm your newest follower, and I'm looking forward to meeting you at the Carolina bloggers meet up!!!
    Kris @ The Poole Pages

    1. Thanks! You should do them! Thanks for following and see you tomorrow!


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