Saturday, August 25, 2012

DIY Instant Pocket Chart

     Two teacher work days in and I'm exhausted!  I'm trying to get back into the routine and I'm having such a tough time.  Because I have such a long commute, I have to get up at 5:00 and I am fighting it with every ounce of my being.  I can't count the number of diet cokes it took to get me through the last two days!  The good news is that my room is coming along nicely and I'll be ready to go for the first day on Tuesday.  Our kindergartners come for a quick Meet & Greet on Monday and I can't wait to meet the kiddos that I'll be spending the next 10 months with!
     Of course, the first thing I tackled in my classroom was decorating it. Nothing thrills me as much as new bulletin board borders and desk tags! One project I worked on this summer was making an "instant" pocket chart for my classroom jobs.  I hung it in my classroom on Friday and and a few colleagues asked me how I made it.  They were surprised at how easy it was and headed off to make their own.  I thought some of you might like this little trick too, so I thought I'd share.  All you need is a box of standard envelopes and a poster or foam board. Here's how you do it...






The index cards with the kids' names on them slip right into the pockets and stay put.  I used this trick for my Job Chart, but you could also use it for Math or Literacy Station Work Boards, a Dismissal Chart, or anything else you use task cards for.

I hope you can use this little trick - I'd love to hear about what you create! Have a great weekend!

Update 9/2/12 - For more info on the clipart I used, check out this post.

16 comments:

  1. I love the job pictures. Is there any way to get a copy??? Thanks! iflewthecoop@att.net

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  2. Thanks for the info on how to make this, your chart looks really cute. I was wondering where you purchased the clipart and if you'd be willing to share your job titles. :)

    thanks so much for the inspiration.


    catherine
    kinder.cuties@yahoo.com

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  3. Such a great idea - thank you for sharing!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  4. Where did you get the cute graphics?? marchesem@hayscisd.net

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  5. Thanks for sharing! Are the graphics for sale--I would love to have these cute clip art kids!!

    jadan79@gmail.com

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  6. Love it!! I wasn't going to re-do my job chart this year but this looks so cute and so easy - I am inspired! Thanks for the great idea. Your pal, Sandra

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  7. That is very cute indeed! I like the job of ambassador. Something like this makes classroom chores fun and is rewarding for the children. You have a very nice blog with great ideas. I will definitely be back to visit.

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  8. Such a great idea! I, too, would love to know if the graphics are available for download or purchase. I appreciate all of your tips, tricks, ideas!

    Nicole
    nicolemundell@yahoo.com

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  9. So, so cute! I see you make your own graphics! You are one talented lady!!!!

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  10. I love the pocket chart and was wondering the same thing about the graphics...do you sell them in your TPT store? They are adorable.

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  11. Oh my I totally love it! I usually have just one person do ALL the jobs in one day... but I love this and I think I might just have to do it! Thanks for the great idea!

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  12. What a great idea!! I never would have thought of using envelopes that way. I love it!

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  13. Hi! where can i get those cute job chart cliparts? :)

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  14. I love your job chart! Where did you get the clip art? Would love a copy of your job chart. Thanks! Please reply

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