May 25, 2013

Summer bucket list-writing stations, jobs, math notebooks

I am so excited to be linking up with A Cupcake for the Teacher for the Summer Bucket List linky!!

What is on my summer to-do list?? Well, there is a ton! 

1. Read this...

Actually, I want to do a book study on it. Anyone interested?? I know it was done last summer, but I did Daily 5 and Cafe last summer. So leave a comment if you would like to study with me :)

2. Math journals...

I love the idea of cutting the journals in half! You need to check out Renee's blog too because she gives the super cute labels to you for free!!

3. I have a TONS of lamination to cut out! 

4. Get ALL the decorations ready for my room...

5. Unpack my classroom...
I have an AWESOME classroom this year! It is huge and was just painted! So excited. And yes, that is my son climbing all over everything :)

6. Make student job applications...
Every student in my classroom is required to do a job and they apply for the jobs they would like. Holly, from Fourth Grade Flipper, did an awesome post about this. You can find it here. I need to redo my applications that I used five years ago and get everything set up and ready to go for the first day of school.

7. Writing station...
Teacher Organization With Supply Labels - Teach Junkie
I need to redo my writing station for my Daily 5 this summer. I have 10 binders (one for each month) and am creating 5 weeks worth of writing station activities for each month. HUGE PROJECT! I am also going to have a writing folder for each student like the cute picture above from Teach Junkie.

8. Math stations...

I just need to sit down and start surfing the web on this one. I have ideas floating around but nothing concrete. Any ideas or posts you could share??

9. This is the most important one of all! HAVE FUN WITH MY KIDS!! 

We have been out of school since Thursday and already had sleepovers with cousins, went fourwheeling, driven by the swimming pool 4 times and yearned for it to be warmer, and we are heading to the cabin tomorrow! We have camping on the list, swimming lessons, summer preschool (my 4 year old can't wait), hiking, reunions, lots of baking, gardening, and running through the sprinkler just to name a few!!


  1. Found you through the linky party. The Guided Math book is fabulous! Full of great stuff! I want to make those math journals for next year too. Love those colors for your new room! I'm a new follower! Enjoy your summer!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  2. Thanks for sharing those math journals! It is a genius idea to cut those composition books in half! We'll have to go grab those labels! We would love to do a book study with you on Guided Math! Sounds like that book would fit well with the structure of our math block!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  3. I participated in a Guided Math book study last summer and loved it! This summer I am reading one of her other books- Building Mathematical Comprehension. I also need to work on new ideas and organization for writing.
    Enjoy your summer!
    Still Teaching After All These Years

  4. OK, I am going to totally borrow (steal) all of your ideas for this summer! I would be happy to participate in book study with you this summer -- and I am also going to check out her other book that Carol mentioned. Sounds like your summer is off to a GREAT start!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. I, too, love your ideas for summer!! I love the idea of cutting the composition notebooks in half, but what do you use to do it? I can't imagine a paper cutter being strong enough to cut through them....

  6. You know I want to do the Guided Math book study with you! It will totally keep me on my toes:) My summer break doesn't start until June 21st. though and I cannot begin before that! How old are your kids? I see you have a 4 year old and it sounds like you will have a summer similar to mine! Thank you for the shout out on the classroom jobs too:) Love you girl!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  7. We need to do a revamp of our job application as well. I'm jealous of your huge room! We have to pack our 30 fourth graders into rooms that are way to small.

    room 4 imagination

  8. thats a really neat idea for the math journals.