Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Made It - Book Boxes

Today is the last official day of summer vacation 2013, I have to report back for the first contract day tomorrow. Guess where I spent my last day of break? In my room of course! I got quite a bit accomplished and had an unexpected helper (one of my students from last year). 

I've been reading up on Readers/Writers Workshop and I am so excited to start both this year! A couple of weeks ago I stopped by Ikea and purchased some magazine boxes for my students to use as their book boxes. They were super cheap at $1.99 for 5. You can also get a great deal on them from Amazon. That also means the quality isn't great, they are just basic corrugated cardboard. So, I bought 2 rolls of duct tape  and have some reinforced book boxes for my Monday Made It (link up from 4th Grade Frolics). 

It took me a few of hours (enough time to watch a couple of movies) and they were all taped up. Today I placed them on the shelf in the classroom. Lovely! Now all they need is student numbers and to be filled with great books!

Now I get to spend the rest of my afternoon in the pool with my sister, nephew, and niece, and then celebrate my sister's and brother's birthday (they were born on the same day, four years apart).


  1. Awesome!

  2. Great idea and great deal!

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  4. Hello! I just found your blog and am so happy I did. How awesome is it that your sister and brother were born on the same day. I have a 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son also born on the same day (Dec 6), completely by chance! Hopefully they won't mind having double birthday parties for a while. I think it's awesome and extra special day. Looking forward to reading more about you! :)
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  5. I made book boxes too for my Monday Made It! I had to recycle the ones I used last year because I couldn't get any new ones at the Ikea when I visited!
    Enjoy your week!
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  6. Wow, contracted to go back tomorrow? That's so early! I thought we were going back early when I still have 2.5 weeks left.

  7. I bought the same book boxes last week and am debating about what to do to dress them up...I was thinking about spray painting them, but am going to test it on one. I'm afraid the paint will just soak into the cardboard and turn it into a mushy mess. I'm definitely going to add the duct tape to reinforce them. Thanks for the idea! I'm your newest follower on bloglovin!

  8. I love these! These are so cute! I am trying to figure out how to store my ISN notebooks this year in the classroom. Usually the kids put them into a crate that had the class hour on it but it took time passing them out and collecting them. I would love to have sterilite drawers and each kid have their own drawer to put their composition notebook in, extra pencil, etc. but I'd need 120 and not only is that not in the budget but it takes up too much space! I think I'm going to try just a crate with hanging file folders with their name on them or maybe just a number and each kid has a number. This is my only complaint about teaching more than 30 kids...haha


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