Monday, February 4, 2013

Monday Made It

Time for February's Monday Made It!

I've been creative this month...with blankets! First up though, classroom made-its.

I've made up a game for out Explorers unit, based on something that I remembered from when I was in school. Students have to sail across the world, avoiding the pitfalls (like storms and sea monsters!), chronicling their journey in their ship's log. My kids are having a BLAST! They love it and get so excited for it when I say it is time.

It only takes about 15 minutes a day (I give them some time to write in their ship's log before and after). They finish up their log entry, I read it and decide how many spaces they move (up to 4). They then discuss what direction they want to move in while I check other logs. If they hit one of the 'perils' they have to pull a travel card-which are both good and bad. They could also pull a travel card whenever I feel like it...just to keep things interesting!

Here is the map I made (it's in two pictures because it's so big and I wanted you to have a good look :)

I also created ship's logs, travel cards and the little ships you see on the map.

I worked at creating some graphic organizers (we call them GO's in my I don't have to write graphic organizer each time on the morning message!)

Just click on them to get them!

Remember last Monday Made It I was working on a blanket for a co-worker...well I finished it! (And she had her baby early-before I gave her the blanket!)
Close up of stitch detail
Full blanket laid out...bigger than I thought!
I also have another WIP (work in progress) that I have been working on...this one I have been doing off and on for a few years and recently picked it up again. It's also another baby blanket for a boy.

The blue stripes are decreasing in number of rounds, and the green stripes are increasing in the number of rounds. So it starts out mostly blue and will end up mostly least that is my plan! I'm working it in one big granny square...with a size G7 hook (4.5 mm), so it is slow going.

What's your made it?

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. Love your graphic organizer, I can see using it with my small guided reading groups (1st grade)...and I love that you call it a GO, cute and creative! Thanks for letting me download it free :)

  2. So impressed with your blankets! Wish I had the patience and talent to learn to make something so beautiful!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  3. Enjoying your blog! Hope that you will check mine out as well, I'm currently having a giveaway... you should enter!

    Martha :)


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