Sunday, July 27, 2014

PVC Pocket Chart Holder

I have wanted to make pocket chart holders for my ever since the beginning of the school year. I love my classroom but there is very limited wall space for my kinders to use. So I found some really good posts to help me along. For a large pocket chart I used this site:

This is the picture from the site. The instructions are towards the bottom of the page. They are so easy to follow. If I knew it was going to be this easy I would have made it a long time ago. After making this one I still wanted a smaller one for centers that fit my smaller pocket charts from Target. So I am giving information on how to make the smaller on. Here it is:

Pieces you will need:
PVC pipe- I used 2 pieces that were 5 feet long (3/4 inches)
PVC cutter
4- 3/4'' T joints
2- 3/4'' 90 joints
4- 3/4'' end caps
Sand paper (optional)

Cut your PVC pipe into these sizes:
2- 24'' Pieces
2- 16'' Pieces
2- 6'' Pieces
4- 8'' Pieces

Once you have everything gathered and cut, you may need to sand the ends if they are rough from cutting. Put everything together like the picture:

I have tried to label everything in this picture so that it is easy to follow. The light blue shows where the T joints, 90 degree joint, and end caps are located. Here is the picture of my finished products. My plan is to spray paint them tomorrow, so I will put that picture up later.

Hope you enjoy my pocket charts!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AR Leveled Book

I am taking the summer to level my book library. I decided to level my books based on AR level, so my students can then take AR quizzes towards the end of the year. I found an awesome new application for my phone that helps me do this, all I have to do is scan the barcode.

The application is called Points Scan Free on the Play Store. The one that I have is free but has ads. You can get the ad free version for 99 cents. It is totally up to you. I like this because it is so easy to use. Here is how simple. You need to download this, along with the barcode scanner.
First thing you do is find a book. You can either scan the barcode of the book or you can search the book either by the author or by the title.
After scanning or searching your book if it finds the book this will show up. This is the information that I use in my room so this was perfect for me. I then take this information and put it on a sticker on the inside front cover of the book. So I can reference it when building my library and so my kids can look up the tests for the books.