July 15, 2015

What I'm Laminating Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone! I have been a busy lil' racoon this week... creating, printing, laminating, and more laminating. I'm so excited about all the awesome things I have already created for my classroom.

First up... Bluebonnet Book QR Code Book Trailer Posters

I got the idea from a Scholastic article who got the idea from Jessica at Dandelions and Dragonflies. Jessica's awesome book nook was featured in Scholastic Instructor Magazine and for obvious reasons. It's amazing! My favorite part was the QR code posters as book recommendations. 

I "stole" her idea and created QR Codes for all the upcoming Bluebonnet Award Nominees. I know my students are going to love scanning the codes to watch the trailer and find just the right book. I'm hoping to get 100% voting participation this year in my classroom. If you are a fellow Texas teacher, click here to download a copy of these QR posters for your classroom too.

After that... Mastery Club

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this whole program from Mrs. Renz.  Mastery Club is a differentiated independent study challenge program for your classroom that basically runs itself. I love the variety of learning objectives included.  There is truly something for every child and every interest level. I am so excited to get this up and running in my classroom this year. Click here to snag your own copy from Mrs. Renz. One of the things I love about her product is that you can customize it your classroom. Great purchase!!

Then... Patriotic Kaboom!!

Kaboom was my class' favorite multiplication game last year. Click here to read all about using Kaboom and playing it in my classroom.

I love how my game cards turned out. To save ink, I printed in B&W and just used red paper. The red really pops and it is still easy for my students to read. I know my kiddos will love the updated version of this game. 

And...Birthday Balloons

Last year was the first time I pre-made all my birthday gifts during the summer and I can't believe I waited so long to do it! It made my year so much easier and my kids thought they were really cute. My pencils haven't arrived from Really Good Stuff yet, but I have printed and laminated my birthday balloons to create the next batch for my birthday bucket. These super cute b-day balloons came from Where the Wild Things Learn.

Finally...Polka-Dot Classroom Job Labels

Aren't they cute?  Not sure I will need all the jobs, but I wanted to keep my options open and I like having the flexibility of changing out jobs when something isn't working or something else is needed. 

Angela from The Cornerstone has a great post on classroom jobs that I found very helpful and recommend for new and seasoned teachers alike.  I like her idea of having some jobs that are indefinite jobs and others that follow a very simple rotation. In years past I have had students apply for a job, but it made it very time consuming for me to change job roles throughout the year. With some indefinite jobs, I have the flexibility to have some students stick with one job or leadership role that really suits them (and me) and everyone else can rotate through the others weekly.

You can grab a copy of these polka-dot classroom job labels for free from my TPT store by clicking here. If you download, please please don't forget to leave feedback! It means the world. Seriously. :)

As you can see, I still have some cutting to do, but it feels sooo good to have a few back to school things out of the way. Now I just need more laminating sheets...

What have you been laminating lately?!?


  1. I just got all sorts of excited when I saw your post. We don't really talk about Bluebonnet books in Kinder, but the 4th grade teacher in me still pays attention. :) I can't wait to pass this post on to my 4th and 5th grade teams at my school!!! You rock!!!

    1. You just made my day with your sweet comment! I'm so excited to incorporate the QR codes this year!! Thanks.


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