July 20, 2015

Monday Made It: July 20

Well, I didn't make it last week, but here I am with my first
Monday Made It, thanks to 4th Grade Frolics.
I really have enjoyed this link up each week.
Next week I will have a ton (hopefully) because this is my last full week of summer break.

Last week we had 4 days of PD with our school and grade level from all over the county.
My first Monday Made It was suppose to be for that.

When I went to our Common Core training this summer, they mentioned this method to help students retell what they had learned.  It is called the GIST method.
You can get it in my TPT store for free.
(I promise to liven it up a little later, but I wanted to get it made.)
This is a great way for you to see if your students can answer basic questions about what they have read as well as summarize what they have read in 20 words or less.
I loved it and can't wait to use it!

So much of my teaching is done in small groups.
A few years ago, I realized I was not allowing the students to be leaders in these small groups.
So I found the TEAM method.
I have slept since then, and I have searched Pinterest high and low to find where I got this idea.
However, I cannot find it AT ALL!!!!

In the past few years, I just had the jobs listed and each person knew what they were.
However, with observations and make the learning more student centered, I figured I needed these jobs to be more prominent.  So, I made these last night.

I bought lanyards and badge holders from Amazon.
I did not want them huge, so they are smaller than some might like.
I am going to use these at the beginning of the school year, and then move into badges that just have the job name on them.  I just figured at the beginning they will need to be reminded of what their job is suppose to do!  Then, later on in the year, I can make them cuter as well!
You can get the set in my TPT store for free.

I can't believe the school year is here!
I can't wait to share my classroom with you and see what you all have been making as well.
Happy Creating!


  1. It drives me crazy when I can not find something on Pinterest when I know I found it there to begin with!!!! 4 days of P.D., phew, that is a lot in summer! Hope you enjoy this week : )

  2. I have used Getting the Gist before... I think its a great strategy for kids!!!
    Thanks for sharing
    Hodges Herald

  3. YES, YES, YES...thank you SO much for the team cards. I am so excited to use these with my kiddos. It's going to be a great addition to our teams and learning how to work with one another.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. I love your team cards!! Great for small group time and for having students collaborating!
    -Sandra from luckynlambie


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  6. Love the GIST cards. I've also seen the idea of using 20 fingers (your 10 plus 10 from your partner).