Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Monday Made It and a FREEBIE!

The other day I was thinking about how I want my desks arranged in my 7th grade classroom. Traditional rows, cooperative pairs of two, U-shape, groups of four???? I finally decided that I want groups! I may keep them in pairs of two for the first month, but then groups it is!

After I got to thinking, I realized I only had a set of primary color caddies that I used for Kindergarten. These would definitely not work in my junior high classroom! I chose black, neon green, and blue as my classroom colors, so I went out and searched for lime green and blue caddies. I searched, searched, and searched and couldn't find any! I tried Lakeshore, Hobby Lobby, and my local teacher supply and I got the same response from everyone..."I'm sorry...we had some, but a teacher came in and purchased all of them." Ugh! Teachers! Lol. It's only July 8th people! I thought I still had time before teacher stuff started selling out! Apparently not! Anyway, after no success a light bulb went off! I forgot to check at Mardel. I quickly pulled up the webpage, clicked on the lime green caddy and saw the message "These are currently out of stock online. Check with your local Mardel." I grabbed the phone to call my local store just 10 minutes from me and she said they were all out. I gave up after that...until the next morning. Duh! This is Houston, they have more than one location! I called a store 58 miles from me and talked to the most helpful sales associate. She checked for me and found 5 lime green caddies and 3 blue ones! That's all they had left and she put them on hold for me! What a saint! I jumped in my car and battled rush-hour Houston traffic and nearly 2 hours later I was there!

Here they are!

In the midst of me looking for the caddies for several days, I created labels to go on them that depict famous authors and poets, a famous quote and a picture. Instead of calling out table 1, 2, etc, now I'll be saying Shakespeare table, Twain table, etc. How perfect is that for an ELA classroom?! It's probably the best idea I've had all summer!  

This is what they look like:

As soon as I got home last night from Mardel I grabbed some scissors, Mod Podge, and a foam
 brush and went to work on my #mondaymadeit. They came out great! 

Look at how AwEsOMe they are!

These look so great that I couldn't resist sharing them with you guys! Click on the picture below to claim yours! Please show me some love on TPT and leave feedback! :)

Enjoy! :)


  1. They do look great!
    I hope your kids enjoy them.
    Learning to be awesome

  2. What a fantastic blog design...and great blog name too. (Especially that literature part!) Welcome to bloggy land!

  3. Mr. Bradley it's so good seeing you blog! :) I LOVE your caddie labels they look amaze! I can't wait to read all your awesomeness!


  4. I love your caddy labels! I am wondering if you would be willing to email me an editable file or just a blank template for them, so I could create some with scientists. I teach only math and science. I'm happy to share them with people for free and credit you back as my source of inspiration. If this request is too much, no biggie. Never hurts to ask right? I found your Instagram today through the Houston blogger exchange posts. (Really bummed I didn't know about it sooner. I so would have driven from Austin to go.) I am your newest blog follower as well! You have lots of great ideas, and I can't wait to see what you do in the future!

    Ms. Wilson’s Wolves

    1. Or if you purchased that black shape from someone if you could just tell me who. I could just get/buy that. I was assuming you made it, but I should have probably asked that first. ha!