Summer to Do List Linky Party @ Littlest Learners

May 28, 2011

Summer to Do List Linky Party @ Littlest Learners

May 28, 2011

I just love the blog Littlest Learners. Have you seen it before? The writer is AMAZING. She has tons of creative ideas and is the absolute queen of organization. And now she is hosting her first linky party…a Summer To Do List Linky Party.

This is a favorite topic of mine!!
I always, always, always overplan my summer…but it’s so fun to make, plan, and create on those lazy days…I just can’t resist! So here’s my list in no particular order (hope to see yours over at the linky party):

1. Create more Reader’s Response sticky notes. I’m going to make them for my newest ELL students with basic prompts (“My favorite character is ____”). I’m also going to make more in-depth ones for my students with more English (“If you could be friends with any character in the story, who would it be? Why”). Then, I have to find a way to organize them.

2. Continue labeling/organizing my ever-expanding classroom library. I focused on the leveled section a lot this year and shared it here on the blog. I held off sharing the genre section because it’s still a work in progress.

Right now, my car is slowly being filled with books that need to be labeled this summer.

3. Reorganize my math games library. I want to create new labels (they need an update). I’m also going to give the lower-level games to my sister (we don’t really use them anymore) and shift the manipulatives to the pink and yellow baskets, so they’re out and easy to grab.

4. Further develop my Reader’s Workshop model (this year I used the Daily 5). Our district officially adopted a Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop model for next year and I want to combine it with what already works well for my students. I also need to work more on incorporating the CAFE book.

5. Develop my own calendar math. Our school has used calendar math in the past, but I need something that ties in more with Everyday Math and has a strong emphasis on multiplication facts. I want to make it tie in with the units we’re learning, but cycle back to older skills (and incorporate more basic skills too, for my ELL students with limited formal schooling).
This will be a tough one…

6. Choose the design scheme for my room! I think I will stick with the blues because I love my lamps and the kids really like blue (both boys and girls). But I might choose a different shade of contact paper for the desks and tables this year.

7. Work on my classroom blog. I had a pretty good classroom blog going this year, but now I want to redesign it and try out some new ideas. I have a few things planned with screen capture videos (like the video tutorials I’ve posted here) but for my students. More on that soon…

8. Take all of our grade level expectations and translate them into kid-friendly kid objectives for my lessons. And find a way to display them easily. I don’t have a pic for that (yet!).

9. Develop our Word Detectives into more of a set unit/program within our class. I started it late, but it worked GREAT. Even my newest ELL students remembered some more difficult spelling patterns (like -tion) on a recent assessment. But it could be better if I tweak it.

And I have an idea to make it go tech, which I’ll be sharing soon.

10. Design more blogs!!

11. Go to the mountains!!

I just can’t wait! We have 14 more days with the students. Let’s just say I’m reeeeally looking forward to blogging and planning while drinking coffee in comfy clothes–I promise to share anything and everything I work on!!

And while we’re thinking summer vacation…do you know of any contraptions that help you see your laptop outside in the sun??


  • Janine May 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Your Summer Bucket List is going to make many of us very happy (hoping you will share some of your creativity):)

  • Kristen May 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    lol Janine, of course! I need to edit and say that, I forgot! 🙂

  • Anonymous May 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Wow!! I can only hope that I can be 1/3 as productive! I am also starting my summer to do list and trying to figure out how to organize my new classroom next year. I have been co-teaching and I now get to be on my own– what to do, what to do… Part of my summer to do list is on my blog and I am sure I will add to it as I go.
    I look forward to seeing how you progress on this project! Thank you
    Primary Connections

  • Kristen May 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks, Beth. I'm not sure I'll get it all done, but in an ideal world…

    I'm off to check out your list 🙂

  • Rachelle May 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I particularly like #10! 🙂

  • Jill May 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Your leveled library part inspired me!! Thanks for the nice comment and for being one of my 12 followers. 🙂

    Magnificent Multiagers!

  • Jenn Bates May 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Looks like a list that will keep you pretty busy! I hope the blogs keep going this summer. I know I will still have school on the brain.

  • Donut Diva May 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    to me looks like you are a million times more organized than I am. But I can't wait to see what else you do and hoping your will share.
    I plan to organize my centers and supplies again this year. It seems like every year I have to try something different to see if it works better.

  • Chrissy May 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I am also excited to see the things you create for your goals!

    I want to be added to your #10! 🙂


  • Angela May 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Terrific ideas! My list is very similar as far as classroom items go. I am curious though…I've never covered my tables with contact paper! Does it stay neat all year? What a fabulous idea to complete the color them in a room! By the way, thank you for tutorial on how to add a direct link to your comments…it works! I've been puzzled by this for so long! 🙂
    Just Love Teaching!

  • Kristen May 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Hey Angela, the contact paper does last nicely IF I explain and model proper care of the desks! I use electrical tape around the edges to hold it down, and that's the part they tend to pick at, so we go over this at the beginning of the year.

    It really does change the whole room when they are covered (because otherwise my desks are old, brown, and chipped!).

    Your direct link looks perfect!

  • Sarah May 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I'll be organizing my new classroom and re-organizing my classroom library this summer too. I'm really interested in hearing about #5 since I'm moving to 2nd next year. Our district uses Everyday Math too. Thanks for sharing, in advance.

  • Ms.M May 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    You will be VERY busy this summer. I just finished with the kids and can't seem to get my brain to stop long enough to figure out what I have to plan to do. :0

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  • Miss W May 29, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Wow, you are going to be busy! I love the idea of covering desks with contact paper, I wonder if that would work with my trapezoid tables?

    Miss W

    Miss W Teaches

  • Kristen May 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Hey Miss W! I covered my trapezoid table. I just covered it with 3 pieces, going across the shorter width of the table, not the long way (hopefully that makes sense!)

  • Brenda May 30, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Hey, Kristen! Let me know when you're ready to design some blogs! I want you to design mine!
    Primary Inspired

  • A MilShelb Mom May 30, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I am in LOVE with your room and the things you posted. I will be using Everyday Math this year and would love to hear about what you come up with as I also love calendar math. I am a new follower and look forward to reading more of your blog!

  • Sharon deVries April 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I thought I would share an idea for #8. I only have a pinterest link because I pinned it from someone else and couldn't find the original.

    I just recently put them up in my classroom and I've loved having my learning objectives front and center for both me and my students. It was great to have them there to reference and it held me accountable to make sure that the activity/lesson I am planning, connects to my objectives. I teach grade 5 so I didn't alter the language a lot but I would love to put more time into that over the summer for next year.


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