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Documenting the Year

I'm excited for today's projects! Thanks Tara  for hosting my ALL-TIME favorite LINKY PARTY.

1st project- I made a  bee pointer for days we have fire drills. My leader will hold up this bee stick so our class can follow to the right spot. It will also be used when my students make a 100% on AR tests. They will be able to parade around the classroom with the wand.

2nd project- How do you document your student's progress, growth, etc? I love doing a writing portfolio along with a personal scrapbook for each child. I've been doing these for years but finally made one huge packet that covers every month. The individual pages can be used on a bulletin board as separate writing samples or combined and bound into a personal scrapbook. This School Days Scrapbook is a wonderful keepsake. My parents are extremely appreciative when I present them at our Author's Tea in May. 

old version
New Packet 

This packet was created as an ongoing project designed for students to complete themselves or with the help of a teacher.  Basically each month students will document their journey as a learner.  
Students may write add photographs, notes, draw pictures, add color, add stickers, etc. 

3rd Project- Transportation Display 

I can't wait to see everyone's projects. I am inspired by EVERYONE! Thank you all!


  1. I LOVE that transportation display! so clever

  2. Love all three of your made its! The bee wand is too cute!

  3. Your pointer and transportation display are very cute. I like the bee coloring.

    room 4 imagination

  4. I LOVE your transportation display! I'm going to "borrow" your idea and make one in my frog theme!

    P.S. Our fishing place is in Horseshoe Beach in the bend just below the pan handle. However, we've been camping many times to St. Joseph's state park...LOVE it!!!

    2nd Grade Pad

  5. Your bee pointer is adorable...:) All your projects look great!

    Keep Calm & Imagine

  6. I love you blog. It is so cool and the bee pointer...well, it speaks for itself. I am going to make one now. I am headed for the Dollar Tree to pick up the ribbon now. Thanks for the great ideas and can't wait to use them.

  7. Wow...too cute! That bee pointer is perfect. I love the "new way" of your scrapbook idea. I used to do the scrapbook thing years ago but quit when we weren't allowed to make color copies anymore :( Your way might just work.

    Fun in Room 4B

  8. The bee pointer is fabulous! I am heading over to TPT to purchase your scrapbook unit. I used a generic one last year from BeckyHiggins.com (a scrapbooker) but this is ADORABLE!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    The Resourceful Apple

  9. How cute!! I LOVE all 3 projects!! Your transportatipn display is a must have and will be perfect when the office announces over the intercom that a student will ride the bus instead of being a car rider for the day - it will be so convenient to move a clip and keep "teaching on" and I wont have to keep up with a sticky note!!

    One of my favorite school events? Valentine's Day; I love the excitement of all the kiddos and seeing all the creative homemade mailboxes!
    Email: aludrick69@gmail.com
    Success in First

  10. I LOVE your bee pointer. The scrapbook looks fabulous! What a great idea.


  11. Adorable! I love the line leader stick for fire drills. That would have been so helpful to me when I taught K. Thanks for sharing.

    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  12. I love anything on a ribbon lately! I don't need a transportation display, but I'm gonna find a way to make something on a ribbon this year!

    Inside this Book

  13. Your bee pointer is adorable!
    A major event in my room is our Poetry Cafe. The students love being the center of attention!
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. I have a tie for my favorite school event. It would be between our open house/ice cream social and our grandparents day. All the kids are so excited to see their teachers and friends and it is just a great day! We do our grandparents program on Veterans Day and our program/lunch is amazing. The kids are so excited too. :)

  15. I love your scrapbook idea! Super cute! I definitely want to keep a writing portfolio for students this year. Do you do an author's tea party? If so I would soooo love to talk to you about it! I have always loved the idea. My favorite school event has to be Halloween, or our version of it. We do a Books on Parade where each class chooses one book and dresses up as the characters in it. Then we all go outside and have a parade around the school showing off our outfits!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  16. Fun projects! I like the bee pointer for fire drills. Very wise. I also like your scrapbook idea. For the past few years I have put my kids scrapbooks in binders with page protectors. Your idea would work great with this. One of my favorite events is our Supply Drop Off/Meet the Teacher event to start the school year:)

  17. I love your scrapbook idea and am adding that to my to do list for my 4th graders! I also love how you made the transportation display and used ribbon to hold the pieces. I might do that for my welcome sign I made for Monday Made It instead of hole punching each piece:) Thank you for the inspiration!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  18. This is awesome! I love the pointer and the student books!
    Learning In Wonderland

  19. I LOVE the bee pointer! What a great idea! I'll have to make one with one of the rainforest animals on the top! It can get super confusing with everyone outside for a fire drill! I also love your idea of incorporating scrapbook pages into their portfolios! I always put their first day of school picture and what they wrote on the first day along with a picture near the end of the year, but I love the idea of adding the pages in between!!! Such great ideas! Thank you for sharing!!! My favorite school event is something we call Inspiration Day. It's a day that our fabulous PTO puts together. Parents and volunteers from all over come to our school to host a class/activity for the day, things like chess, scrapbooking, wii, hockey, jump rope, dance, manicures, cooking, etc. The students pick 10 classes they'd like to do from the huge list and then they get 5 of those choices. Everyone gets a different schedule and on Inspiration Day, they follow that schedule. Even us teachers! It's a lot of work for the PTO making schedules for everyone in a K-8 building, but it's awesome and a welcome break near the end of the year. :)
    Cathy :)
    C is for Cookies, Cakes, Children, Classroom, and Crafts

  20. I am loving your 3 projects! My favorite school event.....wow.......I love a bunch of them. One of my favorites is the Variety Show we do every year. The kids have so much fun and you see the wide talent from these little things. I LOVE IT! :o)

    jennkeys @ gmail . com

  21. My favorite school event is our yearly field trip (overnight!) to Camp Cosby...it's a great way to bond with the kids/parent chaperones and wrap up our year before they graduate to high school.

    Love your blog!

  22. That bee wand is too cute! Thank you so much for sharing!

  23. Cute, cute. I need the transportation chart


  24. you know I LOVE the color scheme..oh my, I'm going to be broke before I go back to school!

  25. I love your yearly scrapbook that you have put together, AMAZING!

    I will be a first year teacher this year but duing my experiences so far I love school plays and musicals. The kids put so much time into them and I love watching their personalities bloom while they are up on the stage and can never stop smiling because I am so excited with their sucess!


  26. That bee pointer is too cute! The kids are going to love, love, love waving it around - what a great idea!

    I'm your newest follower and look forward to reading more on your blog!

    Marianna Dunn

  27. I love your site so much that I just had to award you "The Versatile Blogger Award! Hop on over to my blog and see what it is all about!
    Wild About School!

  28. I like your Transportation Display!! I think I might try something different this year! I'm your newest follower!

    Lacy's Letters

  29. The transportation display is awesome! I am adding it to my list! Thanks!



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