Monday, July 30, 2012

My FIRST Monday Made It

So, you have found me out.  I'm one of those girls who likes to lurk quietly and watch everyone else.  Then I jump in and try it myself.  That is what happened with Monday Made It.  I have been looking at everyone else's very creative ideas.   Now I'm ready to share one of my own ideas (maybe not quite as creative, but functional).

I made 6 making word folders this weekend.  I'm going to use them with my small group reading groups.  Probably not most of my groups until more towards the middle of the school year.  But I usually have one group of kinders that come to me reading or almost reading.

So here is how I made my folders:

First of all I found some awesome folders at Walmart.  I realize my boys aren't going to want the flower folders but, hopefully I will have at least 2 girls in each of my groups.  I was worried that the folders wouldn't be very sturdy since they were 3 for 88 cents.  But they are great.

I printed out two sheets that I had put letters on and glued them to the inside of the folders.

Here is what it looked like:

Then I used cardstock that I bought at the Dollar Tree.  I can't tell you how much I love this cardstock.  It is plain on one side and has a design on the other side.  It is also pretty thick.  It was 10 sheets for $1.

I printed letters on the cardstock and cut them apart.  I printed the letters on different colored cardstock so that I can tell which letters go with which folders (in case a few get separated from their folder).   I am going to laminate the letters and the file folders.  (I didn't get a chance to run to school to do that.)  After I laminate them, I am going to put velcro on the back of each letter and 2 pieces of velcro under each letter that is one the file folder.  I will also put a piece of velcro in the middle of each box at the bottom where the students can make their words.

Here is the finished folder:  

I'm sorry this picture is a little yellow.  I had my daughter take the other pictures.  Obviously, I should have had her take this picture too.

I have linked up with Monday Made It:

Click here to check out the other Monday Made Its.

I have also put the printables to use to make the folders in my TpT store as a freebie.  

Click here to get the freebie.

I have linked my freebie with Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you have a great week!


The Meek Moose said...

Nice, I like it! I have those cute folders from Walmart too, and was trying to think up something cool to do with them. This is an awesome idea- I might just have to try it.
The Meek Moose

Allison said...

I love this activity! Thank you!!!

Teaching Third said...

I found your blog through Classroom Freebies. Thanks so much for the freebie! I'm your newest follower. Check out my blog at Teaching Third

Heather said...

Great idea! I'm a new follower!

I'd love for you to buzz by sometime=)
The Busy Busy Hive

Andi said...

I like that it was your first Monday Made It too! You said "maybe not creative...but functional"...but it's TOTALLY creative! I love that idea! I think that it's also creative because you created it yourself rather than buying someone else's product!

Mommy, Teacher, & So Much More

A Teacher Without a Class said...

I love your word building folders! Awesome!!! Creative and functional. I am your newest follower--I would love to have you stop by and visit my blog.

Jenny Zuniga @ Teacher and a Mom said...

Looks great! I nominated you for an award, stop by and check it out :-)


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