Sub Tub, WBT Rules, Shelves and More!

This random title can only mean one's time for Monday Made It with Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics!
I didn't have a lot of time for craftiness this week and still have SEVERAL projects in the works, but here are a few that were finished up this week!

Made It #1Whole Brain Teaching Rules
{Ignore the spray paint area set up in my garage...there are several projects still in the works out there!}
I'm taking the dive into Whole Brain Teaching this year and decided that I wanted to display my rules in picture frames.  I created a "Subway" style layout for each rule and, of course, added some monsters peeking in on each to incorporate my theme!  I picked up five different frames from Wal-Mart ($3 each) and decided to paint them all red to go with the rest of my decor.  Here are some close ups of each rule.
Sorry for all the shadows and quality of the photos from the garage.  They're still a bit sticky so I didn't want to bring them inside yet.  Now, I just need to decide how to hang them in the classroom...maybe with a bit of ribbon?
Made It #2Author Showcase Shelf
This one was a "re"made it!  It was an old display shelf that I picked up at Big Lots several years ago.  It was yellow with "ABC" on the sides.  It had multi-colored "pocket shelves" to display books, but the pockets were made with a type of paper (not actual fabric) so it got destroyed very easily (and quickly) in the classroom.  I was just going to throw it out this year, but my husband insisted on bringing it home to salvage.   He repainted it and bought new (real) fabric.  His mom sewed the new pocket shelves for me and it's ready to hold the books for our current author study again! (I just put folders in it to show you how it holds books.)  YAY!

Made It #3: Chair Pockets
I'm going to throw these in here while I'm talking about my sweet mother-in-law.  I purchased chair pockets from Jeannine, whom I met online years ago (I've used them for at LEAST 8 years) and they are STILL in perfect form!  Well, except for the yellow ones...that light color just gets so dingy and the red (because when I washed them, I missed a black crayon....therefore everything in that load...and the load after was ruined!)  But the green and blue sets I have are still in perfect condition...they have held up SO well! mother-in-law made me two new sets of chair pockets to replace the two "dirty" sets!  YAHOO!!
**If you're looking for chair pockets, I highly recommend Jeannine and just discovered she now has a website/business making these - Sew Not Retired - check her out!**

Made It #4:  Sub Tub
Are you required to have emergency sub plans?  I actually am not sure what my current school's policy is on that, but my previous school required us to have 3 days of emergency lesson plans on hand at all times.  I thought this was an excellent idea since you NEVER know when an emergency will arise, so I've kept the routine going at my new school.  I previously kept my sub plans in a binder, but you know how I love my unit tubs, right?  So, I knew I wanted a tub for these as, it's just fun to say SUB TUB, right??  
I made some fun labels for it and used the emergency sub plans that we have at Teacher's Clubhouse.  I love these because there's an activity for each subject for each day and they all revolve around a different picture book for each day.  Just leave that picture book and make copies of the activities and your sub is set!  Easy Peasy!!  Click below for the "Sub Tub" label.

Don't forget to set some New {School} Year Resolutions and link them up with my linky party so we can help keep each other accountable when school starts (which is going to be way too soon)!!


  1. Love your Sub Tub labels!! Very cute!! Looks likes you're getting ready and working hard!

    1...2...3...Teach With Me

  2. Thanks for the sub tub labels! Getting a tub or notebook together is on my to-do list. I love your creations! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. You are just too cute and so creative! I always love your posts :)

  4. I am completely jealous of your book shelf! That is truly awesome looking! A big pat on the back for your hubby! He did a great job. Also love love love your seat pockets! Where do you have kids put their backpacks? Do they fit on the chair as well? I'm making chair pockets like Kristen at Ladybug's Files and I am struggling with how to figure out where their backpacks are going to fit into this. So glad you linked up, awesome projects this week! :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  5. Your monster theme is going to be such a hit with your students!! I love the way you're going to display your classroom rules! A sub tub is on my (forever long) to do list and I'm so glad you shared the Teacher's Clubhouse resource!! I'm going to check that out!!

  6. Great Ideas! Thanks for sharing. I have done some projects also but I keep forgeting to take pictures. I do need to. I love looking at what everyone is doing.

    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

  7. Thank you for sharing the sub plans resource! About how long is each lesson?

    One Class, One Sound

  8. I love the framed rules!! Frames are one of my new favorite accessories this year!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  9. Those frames are awesome! I love your emergency sub lesson plans at TC & just bought a dozen of the red tubs from the Target dollar area - these labels will be perfect!

  10. Your rules in the picture frames - what a terrific idea! They look great!!

  11. Your rules are so cute. I love the frames.

  12. Love the whole brain teaching rules in frames akin with the refurbished book case! Thanks for the emergency sub tub lablels...we don't have a 3 day sub plan policy but I think that is very pro-active!

  13. I am diving into WBT this year too! Your rules are adorable in frames. I found a cute set (on Pinterest of course), mounted them on construction paper, laminated, and hung them on my white board. I am very quickly running out of wall space! We don't get subs in our district unless we will be out for more than 2 days in a row. Our classes have to combine. It's a bummer for sure!

    Back to WBT, I am going to try the Universal Homework Method this year. Have you seen it?

  14. Hi Amanda! Everything looks great! I especially love your framed rules...:) I don't know if you ever go to Wal Mart, but I wanted to let you know about a cute monster themed warmer I saw there this morning! I am posting a picture of it on my blog if you want to check it out! I thought of you when I saw it....and luckily I had my camera with me because today was day 1 working in my room! Check it out....:)

    Keep Calm & Imagine

  15. The whole brain teaching signs are so cute in the red frames!


  16. Hi Amanda,
    I am so new to bloodspots, I hope I will do this right.
    I have really enjoyed looking at your blog, and saw it in Firstgradechatter" by Deanna. She is a wonderful teacher in Yorba Linda I met at our CGI inservice this week. She shared with me many ideas about Daily 5, which is new to me this year.

    I would just love to use this re order though for recording fluency and reaing in pairs.
    I also enjoyed the chair packs.
    I do know how to sew, do you have the measurements for these?
    And approximate amount of yardage let's say for 6-10 of these.
    I will have 30 students, and will have to plan out colors and fun patterns maybe as well.
    They have always been on a wish list, but very expensive to buy.

    Thanks for all the ideas.
    I also love to scrap book and make cards and just love to craft in general.
    Cheryl .g

  17. The WBT posters turned out so cute and I can't believe the remodel of the book display. Can I borrow your husband for a few DIY projects I've been meaning to tackle. Um...he's amazing. Mine is a computer you need any help there. Maybe we could swap? Hehe! :)

    The Teaching Thief

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  19. I just bought your sub tub plans for Kindergarten! They are so cute! Thanks so much!

  20. I hope they come in handy for you, Dana! :)

  21. Cheryl,
    I don't have the measurements with me, but I know I bought 2 1/4 yards of canvas fabric and could get 6 chair pockets out of that amount.


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