Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday (I) Made-It

I finally made it for another Monday Made-It linky party with Fourth Grade Frolics!  Previously I posted that I was working on making some headings and strategy cards for the Daily Cafe menu that goes along with Daily Five.  Well, they're done!  Since The Sisters (authors of Daily Five and The Cafe Book) introduced the CAFE menu to their kids by comparing it to a menu that you choose from when you go to a restaurant, I decided it would be really fun and cute to make some headings and strategy cards with a coffee shop theme.  At the beginning of the year, I introduce the CAFE menu to my kids with a similar explanation.  I add that a lot of times, when adults have book clubs, they like to meet in fun cafes or coffee shops to talk about what they read and enjoy a fun treat like a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.  We compare that to what we will do all year in second together about books!   So, here are the headings and strategy cards!

For those of you that prefer to have yourself or your students write the strategy on the cards and possibly add an illustration, I have also included blank strategy cards for each category (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expand vocabulary).  These blank cards have the corresponding background pattern and coffee mug to match the heading card.

Click on any of the pictures below to get them from my Teacher's Notebook store!

Heading cards

If you would like to have Cafe board headings and strategy cards in different colors/themes than you see here, please leave me a note in the comments.  I would love to create more if people are interested.

Along with my school project, I also made a little something for my home....inspired by Pinterest of course.  First, I saw these adorable frames called Organic Blooms that are only available through professional photographers and are a bit pricey.  So, I saw this pin that suggested making a knock-off version from a wood plaque and mode podge.

So, I went to Michaels to find a wood plaque because I couldn't find them at Hobby Lobby in fun shapes like the pin suggested.  For less than $3, I made my own version of those adorable frames.

I had to sand the plaque a bit before I painted it.  Then, I added three coats of Caribbean aqua.  To attach the photo I used double-sided tape.  I still need to add modge podge to seal it, but I'm not sure if I should use gloss or matte, so I'm putting that off.

That's it. My Monday Made-It.  

Feel free to follow my blog to see what I make for next week. :)

You can head over to Fourth Grade Frolics by clicking on the pic below to check out other Monday Made-Its too.


  1. That picture and frame turned out awesome! I haven't seen this yet and think it's a great idea! :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  2. Love your classroom made it and your home made it! Those frames are brilliant! Girl, you're singing my tune with the little coffee mugs!!! So super cute!!! Thanks for linking up:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  3. I love your frames! I can't wait to make some for my classroom :) I'm a new follower.