Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tried It Tuesday: Pencil Pouch and Snack Bags and Some More Classroom Projects with Power Point

So excited to link up again with Fourth Grade Flipper on the Tried It Tuesday. I learn so much from the projects people share and already feel like my students are benefiting from what I am learning from other bloggers. Isn't collaboration great?
Saturday I decided to dust off my sewing machine and create a little gift. I love to sew and love that when I am done I have something that I created with my own hands.
I am still new at sewing, and am a self-taught sewer. Of course, I had some training in 7th grade, but I am not sure that really made the difference since I can't remember anything from that class except arguing with a boy about the difference between a spatula and a flipper. Ah, the joys of puberty!
Extra long Pencil pouch with zipper. Matches the snack bags I made. 
Thanks to Pinterest and sewing blogs, I like to tinker with projects here and there. So without further adieu here are some pictures....
Reusable snack bags lined with a BPA-free liner, they close with Velcro.
I made two in coordinating fabric.
If you like to sew and want to give these projects a try check out these links I found on Pinterest. Fly Away Home snack pouch tutorial and Me? A Mom? blog zipper pouch tutorial.
I also tried out some more Power Point projects with fonts and making foldables, creating some more activities for my TPT store, just in time for the big Back to School Sale.
I am currently teaching animal classification and decided to get my packet for bacteria, protists, and fungi ready to go. I made some graphic organizers, a foldable and a quiz. Since learning how to really use PowerPoint, duplicating slides I included answer keys and a teacher version of the graphic organizers too.

I decided to try to make handwriting sheets to go along with my vocabulary lessons. After shopping during the Back to School sale I made some cursive handwriting sheets to go along with my wordly wise units. Check it out if you teach upper elementary, this packet is a freebie. I will be adding more sheets and will add that to the store, but that will be further down the road! 

And last but not least, I finally created a calendar for August. The month is almost over, but hey it isn't too late and was a perfect excuse to use some of the great items I purchased at the sale!
Hope you had a wonderful Tuesday!
Check out the other Tuesday Tried Its on Fourth Grade Flipper's blog and read the great QR Adventure she shared. I really need a QR device for my classroom! Check out Hunter's Tales from Teaching's blog for a great writing lesson she has posted as a Fan Freebie.


  1. Your bags turned out really cute! I too am loving all of the ideas that I am getting from everyone else. I explained to my students today that I was going to be doing a lot of "Tried Its" with them this year. They seemed excited.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. Thanks Allison. Good luck with the tried its! I haven't told my kids they are my "tried it" guinea pigs, but a few have asked me, Who made that? Where did you get it. It is cute when they are surprised that their old teacher made it. Yep old, but not as old as one thought I was when he asked if I was alive when they had slaves. Oh boy!

  2. Wow! You are my hero! Sewing just scares me and I so wish I could do it. Those snack bags are adorable and great for the environment! Your products look amazing too!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. Thank you Holly! I am a self-taught sewer so my attempts are always a trial and error. I am always thankful they come out looking halfway decent! Thank you so much for the wonderful and sweet comments!

  3. I LOVE them! Just received my package today. I'll be posting about it tomorrow, but wanted to give an official thank you here as well! Thank you so much. I cannot sew, so I am always so impressed when others are so creative! Thanks again!


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