Monday, April 18, 2011

Our Book Recommendation Board: Revamped!

I stumbled upon Beth Newingham's website three years ago, and I have been using a book recommendation board in my classroom ever since!  I absolutely love her ideas... so I adapted them to fit my own classroom needs and management style.  Originally, I used clip art from Print Explosion Deluxe for my posters, but over time, I fell out of love with them.  I found much better clip art, and I felt that need to revamp my board! The kids love it no matter what!  I guess I'm just fickle!  :)

Here's the new view... so far.  It's kind of a work in progress.  I need to replace the monkeys and fix a few more things before I'll be totally thrilled with it!  This is still a huge improvement though!  If you uploaded my original packet... make sure to download the update!

I forgot to post our Mystery Box adventure.  I finally got to use Abby's lesson during our mystery unit last week!  Since we have been working on synthesizing, I put the nesting monkeys inside of the box.  The mystery box is also great for synthesis because the kids are able to see how their thinking changes with each clue.  Snapshot time!


  1. Amanda, I love the way you revamped your board. I just purchased it on TpT, and some other units that coincide with my curriculum as well. I can't wait to use them. Great stuff!

    Mrs. Randall’s Learning Library

  2. Thanks for the free EEKK poster! I bought your mystery pack for this week, and my kiddos are pumped about it.


  3. I love the ideas. Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing them. I have downloaded the EEKK poster and will definitely be using it.

  4. Hi Amanda! I'm so glad you found me! It's always nice to have a SB5 survivor for support in blog-world! ;) (I just started my blog a couple weeks ago. I'm hoping to add more great freebies over the next weeks.) I love your blog too and I'm definitely going to be using your EEKK poster!!! It's perfect for my kids! I'll add you to my sidebar!

  5. I LOVE this! I was wondering.... do you have a colored printer at your school or do you use your own? I really like the way your stuff looks and it seems my home printer takes so much ink.

  6. Thank you! We aren't permitted to use our colored printer at work. I use my home printer. I do go through a lot of ink, but when I think about how much I would be paying for stuff from the teacher store or catalogs, I feel okay. I would rather customize stuff and spend the money on something I love than buy a book that I use one page out of or buy a poster set for $10.00!

  7. I LOVE that EEKK poster. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a good week.
    - Sydney
    Lessons Learned

  8. The focus Wall signs are the nicest I've seen. Love the background paper. Thank you