Five For Friday Interactive Notebook Special!

Fridays are flying by!  And that is not a happy feeling.  I am starting to have those moments of panic when I realize that there is no way I will finish everything on my list before I have to go back.  Oh well, such is life:).

Warning!  This is a triple purpose post!  Not only is it Five for Friday linky with Doodle Bugs...
...but it will be an Interactive Notebook Linky posting with 4mulaFun...
...and as promised, the winner of the Bloglovin' linky!

1.  Without any further ado, the winner is...
Elizabeth of Hodges Herald!  I thought that this would be so much more difficult! However, I am so happy that there are so many John Wayne fans out there in bloggyland!  This was my first "grown-up" movie.  I was up late because I was sick, and my mom let me watch it with her (this was back before VCR/DVD players, and you only got one chance to watch good movies on TV).  I vividly remember sitting curled up on the couch with my mom watching it. 

2.  This has been a week of cleaning out closets, taking things to donate, and wandering around in pajamas trying to get up enough motivation to do it.   I am trying to empty out two rooms, completely!  One is being transformed in to a gym (I got tired of waiting for that adorable Chris Powell to come and do it for me), and the other into my dream office/sewing room.  The problem is that in order for that to happen, I have to go through all of my parents' stuff that I crammed in the spare room last year because they were too painful to go through.  It has to be done, on so many different levels, but it is hard.  However, I wanted to remind people that Habitat for Humanity accepts donations of fixtures, tiles, furniture, appliances, and anything else that someone might need for their house.  If there is a ReStore in your area, they will even come and pick up the big stuff.  I just drove down to the ReStore - mainly because I wanted to check it out.  My advice is to go CHECK IT OUT!  They had all sorts of stuff that can be used in classrooms, and it all goes to straight to their building fund.

3.  This is my new toy tool for the classroom.  I think I love it.  I think that it will not go to school.  I think I will just keep it on my kitchen table and cut things with it.
Random things, just to see what they look like.  It has four settings!  So happy:).

4.  The Interactive Notebook Linky portion of this posting...
So while I was wandering around in my pajamas this week, this idea smacked me on the head - seriously, while I was foraging for food, a pile of brown paper lunch bags fell out of the pantry on top of my head.  Of course my new paper cutter was sitting right there on the table, and I remembered that I had discovered about 40 billion similar bags in my classroom, so this is what I came up with for the notebooks.
 I cut away the bottom and cut the top part in half.  Then I taped them down - along the bottom and sides.  This gives you TWO divided pockets - in the brown paper, and behind it.

 I think that I will use them for a variety of things, but they hold index cards very nicely.  The possibilities are endless.  But the best part was what was left over...
 ...these awesome little mini paper trays!  Even though I have 6th grade, I do a lot of word sorts and these are perfect to keep them contained.  They can be used as a little tray for math manipulatives too.  I really think that these are a multipurpose Interactive Notebook tool!  (Remember, I am feeling fragile this week, so just nod and smile:)

5.  This week was special because the moon was just a little bit larger in the sky.  I just wanted to share one of the pictures I got of it.

Thank you to all of you who became new followers this week, and thank you to those who made the effort to make sure that you were following on Bloglovin'.  Thanks to your participation in the Bloglovin' linky, my followers doubled this week!  Enjoy your weekend:)  I am off to defrost the monster (and mainly unused) freezer in the garage before it gets hotter than the face of the sun!


  1. Paper bags...genius! Glad that idea came to you without too much pain! :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  2. That is a cool picture of the moon. :) I laughed out loud at your comment about the cutter on your kitchen table. :) Sounds just like something I would do.
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. You took an awesome picture of the supermoon. It was too cloudy at my house! I love the paper bag idea for your notebooks.

    Sixth Grade Tales

  4. I have a paper cutter in my classroom and I absolutely love it! It's VERY handy!

    Paper Bags are great, they have so many possibilities!

    Elementary Matters

  5. Loving the idea to use paperbags for various avenues in INBs. Such a cheap solution too!

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane

  6. Paper bags for TWO pockets.. *never* thought of that! I also LOVE the paper trays. Thanks for the fabulous ideas!!
    :) ERin
    I'm Lovin Lit

  7. Hey! Just shared those smarty pants pockets on my July 5 on the 5th post. Such a smart idea!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  8. Love it! This will definitely come into use. I too have a load of brown bags! Thanks for sharing. :)