Tips to Pack Up Classroom & Prep for Fall

It is so tempting to close up you classroom quickly!  Why not?  We're tired, given 110% of ourselves, and we're ready to relax, refocus, and rejuvenate ourselves.  Before you close up all "willy nilly", head over to my blog post at iTeach Third!  I give you some great tips to FOCUS on that make that START of your school year so much easier!

Teacher tips for packing up your classroom.  Time-saver for when Back-to-School time rolls around to set up once more!

Hope you can use a few...or even ALL of these tips!  Did I miss some?  Be sure to comment and let me know what I need to add to my list!  


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End of the Year Autograph Books


Hey y’all!

Can you say.T-E-N DAYS!!  Woop! Woop! I have really grown to love my kidlets this year (but don’t we always?).  Yet.who can resist the thoughts of sleeping late, sitting poolside, reading, puttering around the house, and drinking that second cup of coffee at HOME and not at school!?!?  Not this girl1

As I start to wind things down and prioritize what I have time left to do, I usually do some sort of “Memory Book”.  They are a great way to reflect over the year, get out the markers and scissors.  I began thinking though that what my kids really NEED is an autograph book to get signatures from their friends.
This End of the Year Paper Bag Autograph Book is the perfect activity for the last few weeks of school!  I love that I can create a Teacher memory page, too!

Why the thought?  
Well, we do have yearbooks the kids can purchase and THOSE kids always get friends to sign it at recess.  What about the OTHER kids?  It always made me feel kind of bad for them.  And I was that mom in elementary school who would rather buy the class picture than the yearbook. 

So, my idea was born!  And sharing it for my:

I really love all of the great paper bag booklets out there are TPT.  All you need is paper and lunch bags from Target!  

I started thinking that lots of the teachers at my school might want an Autograph booklet for our kids who don't order yearbooks.  So.my quick little four page, quickie, Saturday project turned into this big thing!  Might as well share it, right?

Step 1:
Distribute the pages & 2 lunch bags

This End of the Year Paper Bag Autograph Book is the perfect activity for the last few weeks of school!  I love that I can create a Teacher memory page, too!

Step 2:
Fold the two bags in half.  Staple. (Pretend you see a staple in this picture.  SOMEONE has hidden the at-home stapler.  Grrr)

This End of the Year Paper Bag Autograph Book is the perfect activity for the last few weeks of school!  I love that I can create a Teacher memory page, too!

Step 3:
Cut & Glue the cover pages to the outer parts. 

This End of the Year Paper Bag Autograph Book is the perfect activity for the last few weeks of school!  I love that I can create a Teacher memory page, too!

Step 4:
Cut & Glue the inside pages in any order.

This End of the Year Paper Bag Autograph Book is the perfect activity for the last few weeks of school!  I love that I can create a Teacher memory page, too!

Step 5:
Decorate and Grab those AUTOGRAPHS!

This End of the Year Paper Bag Autograph Book is the perfect activity for the last few weeks of school!  I love that I can create a Teacher memory page, too!



Granted.four pieces of copy paper per kid might be a lot.  In the end, I think it is worth for ALL of my kids to hop around getting signatures from their friends and teachers. 
This End of the Year Paper Bag Autograph Book is the perfect activity for the last few weeks of school!  I love that I can create a Teacher memory page, too!


 I’ve included 4 different sets of inside papers to choose from, since I’ve gone to the effort to think about what OTHER people might want.


Set 1: 
6 bordered pages with no title and no extra graphics
Set 2: 
6 bordered pages with titled “My Classmates”
Set 3: 
6 bordered pages with no title and a cute graphic on each page
Set 4: 
6 bordered pages with a spunky title and the same cute graphic

I’ve included covers and titles ranging from Pre-K to 5th grade, too!

UPDATE: May 2016
I've added a great option to this resource so that teachers can have their own PERSONAL autograph book that can build from year to year!
Includes:

  • Ready-to-Go Cover Pages
  • Editable Options
  • Full page spread to add a class photo
  • You can build from year-to-year!








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Planning for next year?

How about a quick Link-Up!

I don't know about you, but I am STILL thinking of all of the new and improved things I want to add to my classroom next year.  The beauty of teaching is the fresh "do-over" we get!

To help you out, I'm linking up with Amanda at The Primary Gal to share a few of my favorite items in my store you may not know about. Buy now and you can get your items and samples together in time for Back to School!! If you can use just one of them and make a purchase- drop me an email at 3rdgradepad@gmail.com,  and I will send you your choice of either my latest "End of the Year Autograph Book" or my favorite game style to pull out at the end of the year "Synonyms & Antonyms Bundle: I Have, Who Has".  I just don't TRUST them til the end of the year!  LOL!
Reading Street INB for Common Core 3rd Grade: https://goo.gl/zBgjZf
Multiplication Task Card Bundle: https://goo.gl/ORrpFK
Back to School Place Value Bundle: https://goo.gl/7S58yS


You have until Monday May 11th 11:59pm to purchase and email me with this offer!

If you started here...be sure to head back to The Primary Gal's post to see a bunch of my bloggy friends who linked up, too!  Hope you find something you can use!

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