Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Made it: Shelf, Novel Unit & SUPER BOOK Giveaway!

Hi, friends! Aren't you glad it's SUMMER break and we have time to MAKE things again?! Seriously, the last few weeks of school are so draining, but I'm slowly gaining back my energy. Enough energy to make pretty things, at least! With that being said, I'm super-duper excited to link up for Monday Made it with 4th Grade Frolics! 

If you follow me on instagram (@mrsmandylopez) you have seen bits and pieces of this project, but here is the finished piece. I think. Unless I decide to add more pieces to it. We shall see. :)

I bought wooden crates from Wal-Mart, for around $11 each. Sometimes you can catch them on sale for $9.99. I then just used white paint my husband had left over and went to work painting. Note--that took longer than expected because of the space in between each piece of wood. I spread this out between 2 days, working about 2 hours each day. 

I bought this clear vase (is that what it's called?) from my Ikea trip yesterday, and sat it next to a few books I already had..

..and this vase and picture from are from Wal-Mart, on clearance. I still have to put to family picture in there, probably one from our trip this weekend to Disney! More to come about that! ;)

A novel unit!!  & SUPER BOOK Giveaway!

My 3rd graders read this book, Sophie Simon Solves Them All, written by Lisa Graff, towards the end of the school year. They LOVED it. As in--"Mrs. Lopez, can we read more about Sophie, please?" Yes! I made activities to accompany this book as we went along, and worked out the kinks and I think perfected this unit. 

Here is the amazon description of the book: For a third grader, Sophie Simon is one smart cookie. She enjoys teaching herself advanced calculus and has performed successful heart surgery on an earthworm. She’s also very clever when it comes to dealing with her clueless parents. But Sophie is no genius when it comes to calculating the high value of friendship—until, that is, she has to use her incredible IQ to help out some classmates with their own parental troubles.

680 Lexile----DRA: 30----AR: 3.9----F&P: N

The unit includes the following: 
-materials for student booklets--each booklet comes with an expectations page students must sign, chapter questions (in a variety of formats), and a task for each chapter
-2 assessments with answer keys
-a jeopardy powerpoint review game
-a differentiated calculator craftivity
-detailed teacher directions with pictures to help

The novel unit is discounted at 50% off until next Monday, meaning it's on sale for only $3. More good news? I'm doing a SUPER giveaway for a CLASS SET of Sophie Simon Solves Them All!!!! Enter the giveaway below to win 20 copies of the novel as well as my novel unit! Good luck, and PLEASE... Share away! You can use this picture if you'd like!
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  1. I would love to win this class set of novels. Next year will be my first year teaching reading, but my 17th year of teaching. I have always taught math and science, therefore I am looking for great resources. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  2. Oops, after I commented I saw what I was really supposed to comment about. LOL! If I won the $50 Amazon gift card, I would purchase reading supplies for my classroom: books and guided reading supplies. I've been doing a lot of "Pinteresting" where I've seen so many things that I would LOVE to have for the students to use in their groups.

    1. Hi Michelle. I'm SO glad you left this comment! I filled out a rafflecopter giveaway by copying my last giveaway's information and forgot to change the amazon card to the books giveaway. My bad! Thanks for entering!!

  3. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such a generous giveaway. If I are to win the $50.00 Amazon gift card I would buy books for my classroom. Our districts recommends a TON of books for use in the district mini lessons...but they do not provide ANY of the needed books.

  4. Hey! I teach 4th grade in North Carolina! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  5. I teach 6-8th grade in Kansas, but if I won, my school would love to have these as we have very few resources!

  6. I found you through I {heart} recess. I have not come across Sophie books, so what a great way to start than with a class set!!!! I teach 4th in Georgia and school starts again in August. Aaahhh!

  7. I teach 5-7 grs. Language Arts in NE Ohio, but if I won the set of books and unit I would give them to our brand new third grade teacher. He or she is so new that we don't even know who it will be... LOL! I do know that they will definitely need teaching materials;)

    Thanks for the opportunity,

  8. I teach third grade in Michigan and I'm constantly searching for good books and activities for my kids to get truly engaged in reading! Love your stuff, lots on my wish list for later this summer!

  9. Hi Mandy! I teach 4th grade in California. Thanks for this giveaway! =)

  10. I teach fourth grade in Illinois. Thanks for the give away!! :)

  11. I teach 3rd grade reading in Chicago. We are going into our 2nd year of the departmental model and I LOVE it! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  12. I teach 4th in Florida (sunny and hot here!). I've never heard of this book, but is sounds great! What a great prize! Thanks for the opportunity!
    I love your new décor table! Beautiful!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  13. I'm switching to 5th this next year in Alaska! :)
    Simple Insights

  14. I teach 4th grade in North Carolina.
    What a fantastic giveaway! Thank you.

  15. It would be awesome to have this book set. This will be my 1st year teaching 4th grade and I have been researching novels for the students. This book sounds great! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity.


  16. I would love to win this set! I teach Gifted and Talented Third Graders in Colorado and the subject matter of this book is a real life comparison to many of my students.

  17. Your MMI project turned out AWESOME! I might need to do this!! Super cute!!!

  18. Sophie Simon looks like a third graders my thirdies need to meet! I thought I knew just about every book known to kid-dom...but this one is new to me! Thanks for getting me excited about this! :)