Monday Made It: July 29th

Love how Tara's linky keeps me motivated to work on projects this summer :)
Here's what I've been working on this week:
Every year I give my students retelling ropes when we learn about retelling. And every year, usually 4-5 of the retelling ropes are either missing or in our class's Lost and Found by the end of the first week. And every year, maybe 4-5 students have their ropes by the end of the year.

So I decided to make my students book marks!
Front... I made this one for me :)
Back... LOVE this quote :)
Here they all are!
I bought the chevron card stock from Michael's and typed up all of my bunnies' names. I put four on a page.  Then I typed the Dr. Seuss quote on the back and snagged the picture of the Cat in the Hat off the internet. Because his mug is on them, I don't think it would be legit to share the template with you guys... I'm pretty sure there are copyright laws against using anything Dr. Seuss... But they were super easy to make; I know you can do it! Anyway, each book mark has the retelling rope attached to it. It's just a piece of fuzzy yarn (I found it with the all the baby yarns) that I've tied 7 knots into. Hopefully, these book marks will mean that less retelling ropes will be lost. And maybe the bunnies can stop using my sticky notes for book marks :)
My BBB Jean at Diving Into 2nd Grade sent me some hippo chip clips! Isn't she the BEST?! That's one of the perks about being obsessed with hippos (or any other obscure animal): when people see hippo things, they think of me and give them to me! I decided I'd use them in my classroom!
I attached a business card magnets to the back. The top one I'm going to hang outside my classroom door, and my students will clip their Gotcha cards in it. Gotchas are a K-2 incentive program at my school. The bottom one is a little self-explanatory. I'm going to hang that clip on my front board. 
I updated my Main Idea Mania unit!

I added four additional passages that are 2-3 paragraphs in length. I noticed that the Common Core wants second graders to determine the main idea of multi-paragraph passages, and the other passages are a single paragraph. Here are the new ones!

If you've purchased this unit, please redownload it :)

Not school related, but you NEED to see this! Some work friends and I did The Color Run on Sunday. I made tutus for a few of us... those of us who didn't already have tutus!

They were pretty easy to make, just time consuming. It took me about 2 hours to cut all the tulle into 2-inch strips. I used my rotary cutter and mat, which made it go super fast. Each tutu had 10 yards of tulle on it for supreme poofiness. Each one took about another hour to tie all the strips on. I found out after I was done that I should have folded them in half before I tied them on, but I liked how they were longer.

The whole group before the run.
The group from my school afterwards. See how the girls on the end have different tutus? Theirs are rainbow tutus that have the strips folded in half.
We had so much fun! I highly recommend this race, even if you're not a runner. There were so many walkers and run/walkers. 

I'm off to see what everyone else made!


  1. Oh my goodness!!! I LOVE THOSE CLIPS! Have I ever mentioned I'm equally obsessed with anything Hippo related, since I was a child even! I need to find some of those clips! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Just Keep Teaching

  2. The Color Run looks awesome! It's so much that you all dressed up. :) I made a tutu shirt once, too and was surprised at how much tulle it actually took! I love your bookmarks and I really like the idea of putting names on them. Thanks for sharing. :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  3. Those hippo clips make me smile! Hooray on the run. I have worked up to 2 miles without stopping this summer and I'm pretty proud of that! ;-)

    Teaching Little Miracles

  4. Those bookmarks are so cute! I love the Color Run, it is too much fun!

  5. I love the idea of a retelling rope and a bookmark in one - genius! I also really like the chip clips - my mom and I have an inside joke about chip clips and yours are oh-so-cute! :)
    That's fabulous that you did the Color Run - maybe if I wore a tutu, I'd be more motivated to run?!? But maybe not :)

    Joy in the Journey

  6. Hi Angela,

    Your retelling ropes are perfect! Every time I introduce a new reading standard, or a group of standards that go together, I include some sort of a souvenir to help the kiddos refer back to that standard while they're reading. I am without a doubt going to make these for my student!

    Seconds at the Beach

    P.S. I read your email & loved everything you said! It means a lot to me that you took the time to write a blogger newbie like me back!

  7. How fabulous are the chip clips! So perfect for your room! You have a good friend there!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  8. This race is coming to my hometown in September. I'm so excited! It's called Run or Dye here. I guess I need to get me some tulle!
    Grade 4 Buzz


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