Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mini Anchor Chart Stand

I'm SO stinkin' excited to share  my Mini Anchor Chart Stand with you today!! It's something I've been meaning to blog about for awhile. The second Bright Ideas Blog Hop felt like the perfect occasion! Read on to learn more about how I use it and directions for how to build one of your own.

I was inspired to figure out how to make this stand after coming across a blog post where a home school mom shared the normal sized PVC stand she created. I already have a large easel and pocket chart stand in my room, but it got my wheels turning about how I could create a mini version to use during small group instruction. About 70% of my direct instruction takes place in a workshop model with small groups, so I wanted an easy way to integrate the charts I create on the computer.

{Side note: if you like the Photosynthesis chart on display you can find it over on this post}

It can hold as many "mini charts" as I need.
Switching from teaching about Setting to teaching about Plants is easy!!

I didn't go into Lowe's knowing which pieces I was looking for. When I got there, I just started playing with different sized pieces trying to see what would fit together. I ended up spending a grand total of $7.32! The tape and the rings were items I already had on hand but together they cost about $5.00 at Target.

Lowe's Materials
 2 - 1 x 1/2 in. Side Outlet Elbow
2- 1/2 in Adapter (Slip x Thread)
2- 1/2 in Elbow (Slip)
1 - 1/2 inch PVC pipe {Cut into three 10" pieces}

Target Materials
Scotch Expressions Tape
Binder Rings 

The PVC pipe comes about 4 feet long and cost $1.47. I needed the pipe cut but didn't want to try my luck at home, so I asked for help. The first worker I asked wasn't sure if they cut the PVC tubes but another one assured him they do. He showed him where to find this fancy plastic cutter. So if need be you can show them this picture and let them know your friend Stephanie says, they can do it!! :)

 I used the tape to cover up the print on the PVC pipes. It's not really a necessary material but it's definitely my favorite detail!! The tape went on vertically. I layered one strip next to the other. You want to leave a little space on the ends, like the picture on the right, if not they won't fit as well into the end pieces. Screw the "Adapter" into the "Side Outlet Elbow. From there, the "Elbows" and the PVC pipe all slide right into place.

The stand sits nicely on the shelf behind our small group table.

I love my stand and I think you'd love one too!! Happy Creating!

Next on the hop is Elizabeth from Seconds At The Beach! She's sharing ideas for Bathroom Break Management. You can also browse by topic using the link ups below.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Seussical Shenanigans

Hello there! I feel like it's been a little while since I've stopped by to chit-chat with you all. It's that time of year where things get a little bit busy around these parts. You're teachers, so I know you all know exactly what I mean. And if you stumble upon this post and are not a teacher, just take our word on it!! :) But tonight I wanted to swing by and share a few of the fun Seussical Shenanigans taking place in our room for Read Across America week! It's a three day week for the kiddos. Four days for teachers since Thursday is blocked out for parent teacher conferences. But it's such a fun one to be a first or second graders.

Here are some pics of what's going down!!

One of our learning targets this week centers around character traits. I wanted to add a little extra excitement to the books we were going to be reading and working with this week.

I wrapped up these three new BIG Seuss books I was adding to the library and threw some numbers on them. For each day we were in school this week we opened up a "gift" from the Doc in honor of his birthday March 2nd. I enlisted some of our favorite characters to help deliver the goods.

{My husband is thinking..."You know you're married to a teacher blogger when..."}

Next I felt I needed to get into charecter myself. I can't decide if it's impressive or not that I was able to throw together this Cat In The Hat-ish outfit using all clothing that already existed in my wardrobe with the exception of the hat. Haha!! This was my Monday ensemble. The kids informed me that I couldn't be THE cat since, well, I'm a she. But they would call me Mrs. Cat. Works for me. 

I did a little shopping at Target this weekend. (Story. of. my. life.) This trip I walked out with a stash of brand spanking new hard cover books. They were ALL on sale for $5-!! The hubs didn't even question it. Haha! And these big pens that just kinda screamed for me to buy them. I pasted on the Thing 1 and Thing two labels from some old clipart.

Click HERE to download.

I was hoping to put together a whole pack to compliment our reading ventures. But then I got sick. Strep throat sick. I promise it aint pretty. So, the pack got put on hold. I figure there is always next year! For now, here is a quick freebie you can grab right from the blog. Add it to your bag of tricks!!

Tomorrow is Pajama Day. I'm hoping I can make it in for the final hurrah. I hate missing the special days at school just as much now as I did when I was a kid!! Thanks to a guest reader from our district on Monday we got all kinds of classroom goodies. So at least I know I've got a room full of happy campers! Happy Read Across America Week!!!