Monday Made It - Thinking of the Water!

This Monday morning marked back to school after 10 days off for spring break and the Easter holiday. MANY of the Facebook posts I saw seemed pretty down on Sunday night but I choose to look at it a different way. The next time we are on break it is for 2 whole months! And the best part about those two months isn't even necessarily being away from school. It's the gorgeous weather, hours by the pool, cook outs and sun, sun, SUN!

With that, my Monday Made Its reflect that I have life by the water on the brain! I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for the ever popular linky.
My first project was a for school made it that my kids have been loving! I created a set of pirate themed math center activities. There are activities for less than/greater than, even & odd, inequalities and place value to the thousands place.

Here's a peek at one activity that my students have been working on. My kiddos were having a difficult time figuring out if numbers were even or odd. Rote memorization can be difficult for my crew so looking at the ones place and evaluating that digit alone was pretty tough for them. Division facts, even when dividing by two, are also tricky for them. 
In this activity my kids were able to use manipulatives to sort numbers as either odd or even. Next they tried to break the whole number up into two equal groups. If they were successful the card was sorted into the even pile. If the students found that there was a left over piece, the number was sorted into the odd pile. They wrote down their findings and then I had them highlight the number in the ones place. Then... and only then... could they notice what the numbers in the ones place had in common. Sometimes you just have to discover something for yourself before it really clicks! Head over to my TPT store if you would like to see the whole Pirate Math Centers pack! 

My second "Made-It" is a project for at home over the summer. I am a fair skinned red-head so as much as I LOVE the sun and life by the pool I have to stay shaded and covered up. Last summer I absolutely destroyed a nice little beach umbrella putting it up and down and up and down and moving it and tying it to the deck and sticking it in the pool and keeping it up even when the wind dictated that it should really be folded up and and put away somewhere safe. The worst part of the umbrella was that it only shaded a small portion of the deck. I need FULL coverage. 

Can you tell what this is? Why it's a plan for a canopy that would cover the ENTIRE pool deck. Hubby and I drew up a plan for an outdoor fabric/nylon canopy with grommets and a hook and eye system that would easily hook up to the pool deck. We are installing pvc sleeves hidden behind 6 posts on the deck and, when we want to use the canopy, we will just slip an aluminum pole into the sleeves and snap on the canopy. Easy up, easy down. 

Or easier than it was to sew. OMG those were BIG pieces of fabric! 

I pinned together the 11 very large pieces. 

I wish I had taken a picture of this room. You can see I have my sewing machine up on a stool because I just could not handle the extreme amount of fabric surrounding me.

But in the end, I did finally finish the canopy. All I need to add is the grommets but the frame needs to be up first so that they can be in just the right spots. 
Here it is lying in the front yard. Can't wait until it is hanging up in the backyard though! LET'S GO SUMMER!!! 


  1. That canopy is going to be amazing! I'm a red head and the sun beats me up too!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. I have to give you kudos for making that canopy! I don't think I would have the patience to do it myself. I would have zig zag seams and bunches. I am totally impressed! I wish summer would come to Toronto, but believe it or not I still have unmelted snow outside on my lawn!

  3. Wow! That canopy was some undertaking! I'm sure it is going to be amazing!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  4. Hi Susan,
    I wanted to email you, but your no reply blogger isn't turned off.
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

    1. Thanks for the heads up. I think *hope* I have fixed it now!

  5. I was heading this way to tell you the same thing about the "no reply blogger". :) Thanks for stopping by my blog & Yes, the tattling is getting out.of.control! I certainly count those things, too, but it makes it harder to do anything else in the classroom. My home crafts have been in the making over the month, and I have to attribute the painting to my dad and my boyfriend. I just "accent" them! haha. Thanks for stopping by!

    First Grade Fairytales

  6. I LOVE that even and odd center. I love the hands on approach with it and the set up. I am your newest follower. :)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  7. Oh, I wish I could sew!!!

    I love your pirate theme!!!

    Also, I responded to your comment on my blog. If I had been thinking I would have responded here. sorry.

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