Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Made It: June 29th

Time to link up with Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics again for Monday Made It!
This week I was inspired by Cassie at Funky in Fourth!! We learn best from copying good examples so I was VERY  excited when I saw Cassie's post on customizing your desktop!! My desktop was a hot mess!! My goodness; where is anything?!
I am so in love with my new desktop!! Do you also see my various folders? (no more boring blue!!) Cassie also has an easy tutorial about changing your desktop folders; read about it here
Now I can't get enough of changing all those generic blue folders into cute icons!! So of course, since I redid my school laptop, I also had to redo my home laptop desktop!!
My second "Made It" is a California history product I've been wanting for years!! Every time I teach about California missions, it's such a tedious process to compile all the pictures I need when teaching about various architectural components of the missions. I've visited 9 of the 21 missions so far, so I have A LOT of photos!! I finally put the best ones altogether, along with a slide explaining each architectural component. 77 pages in all!!  It's a great tool for visual vocabulary and to enhance student understanding! I can't wait to use it next year!!
My final "Made It" is part of the set for my Japanese dance recital. My partner, Catherine & I danced "Tsukiyo", an autumn moon-viewing festival. Our set included Mount Fuji, with a full moon in the background.  The autumn stalks/reeds I put together were part of our dance.
That's it for this week! Be sure to click on the button below to find more fabulous ideas!

8 comments:

  1. Your new desktop looks great... I love the way you changed out the folder icons!

    Taylor
    http://www.growingoutsidethebox.com

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    1. Thanks, Taylor!! Now I want to change all my computer desktops when I get back to school; it may make it easier for my students to use, too!!

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  2. Love the desktop makeover! I think my computer would go into shock if I did that....meaning I so need to if I would just sit down and do it!! Thanks for linking up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

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    1. LOL!! It actually took only about 1/2 hour to make the desktop!! Now I'm wanting to redo it again using my digital scrapbooking! :) Thanks for hosting, Tara!!

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  3. I would be so interested in seeing your missions work. I teach in Texas and we also learn about our Spanish Mission History. We have 5 missions within our city limits so usually we go on a field trip to see the actual missions after we learn about them. I hadn't really thought about studying the architectural aspect of the missions. Do you have the missions file on your website somewhere?

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    1. Wow, 5 missions in one area is a lot!! I think it's so valuable to visit them in person also. The kids really love learning about the architecture & recognize "mission architecture" in homes and buildings around town now! Yes, here's a differentiated unit on the missions: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/California-Missions-a-Differentiated-Social-Studies-Unit-plus-Novel-Unit-1079206. Hope it is helpful!

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  4. I used a desktop organizer this past year for my school computer-- what a difference it made. I had no idea you could change the look of folders-- I will have to look into that!

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