Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Made It & a FREEBIE!!!

I'm finally doing it, I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It...I think I've only done this once before. I wanted to post this particular Monday Made It last week but I forgot...sorry...I remembered on Tuesday.

Stay tuned to the end of this post for a freebie!!!

This summer I'm working a summer camp, with students from 5 to 13 years old. I know, I know! It's pure insanity. The first 2 days were a you can imagine. Pure chaos! Even though my boss had the best of intentions with her format, it just wasn't working, not with majority boys & the personalities they brought with them. So by day 3 I was like, we need to do centers for the morning academic portion. {We're trying to prevent too much "Summer Slide" from happening} I wanted to make sure that the kids touched upon reading, writing & math with some easy stuff & interesting (at least to them) mixed in. Here are the centers that we have
  • Read to Self
  • Reading response
  • Drawing
  • Writing/Picture Prompt
  • Math Facts
  • Word Games
  • Online Math
  • Reading Online (which translates to Reading Eggs
I'll post another day about what each of these centers looks like, but today's post is about how I organized who went where when! This is what I came up with:

There are 8 centers, so the most groups I have on any given day are 8. Depending on how many groups we have, decides how many centers we do that day. If I don't keep it even like that then I just get myself all confused. These are just printed on regular paper & put inside page protectors so I could write the student's names for each group with dry erase marker & erase for the next day.

On this particular day we had 7 groups, so the students only did 7 rotations, with a break for snack in the middle.

Everything is held on with the sticky putty stuff, sorry I don't know what the technical teacher term for it is, but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

Below are close ups of the center labels & the time labels.

My time & center labels I just printed on yellow & orange card stock, then laminated with my Scotch laminator (another reason why it's so wonderful to have a personal laminator at home). Then I color coded each group, no I did not intentionally make them striped. That happened because my printer is running out of ink. Then I laminated the group cards with my personal laminator. 

It's nothing fancy folks & I don't even know if this is the exact set-up that I would use in my own classroom (most likely not), but it works for summer camp & I thought I would share it. Maybe it'll inspire you to come up with a version that works best for your class. It does let me at least get a visual of how I could potentially set up my rotations.

Now onto the freebie I promised you.

I have 99 likes on my Facebook Page so to celebrate the close proximity to 100 I have set-up my fan freebie page. Thanks so much to Ideas by Jivey and Ms. Fultz's Corner for their blog posts & video tutorials, I was able to set it up easy peasey!!! As some of you may know I've been working on a polka dot classroom decor pack & am slowly moving through it, but in the mean time I've added an item from my pack to my fan freebie page. I just wanted to thank those of you who have liked me on Facebook, just another way for us all to stay connected & share our fabulous ideas!!!

I can't wait to see what everyone has made for Monday Made It & I hope you'll check out my Fan Freebie!!!


  1. Thanks for sharing your great organizational ideas!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  2. Thank you for sharing. I am your newest follower.
    TGIF- Third Grade Is Fun

  3. Looks great! I like the simplicity. I've done similar things in the classroom for rotations and it works well. Kids like having a visual.

    How do you create a fan freebie on Facebook?

    - Pam
    Moments to Teach

  4. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I have the samw question as do you create the Fan Freebie on Facebook? :)

    Preslar's Place


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