Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Making Mini-Notebooks & Mystery Reader Winners


Quick note: The transition over to www.3rdgradethoughts.com should finally be complete. I had to wait three whole days (torture!), but now it's a lot easier to type in my blog's address :)

Have you seen the idea on Pinterest to go to a home improvement store to cut your composition notebooks in half, thereby making two mini-notebooks?

I love Home Depot and the like,  but I just couldn't imagine those huge saws cutting though my 50 cent composition notebooks and making them look nice.

Then, Monica at The Schroeder Page wrote about her trip to an office supply store and their print department and I knew that was the solution to my problem!
From 15 of these big guys...
To 30 of these little guys!
I am so so so excited!

At my local Office Max, it was around $1 a cut, and they said thy could cut 500 pages in one cut- so it would only be a little over $3.

Then, the lady was kind enough to cut them one by one to make sure they were all even (she knows me too well!).Yaaay!!!

I plan on using these for my Math Message at the beginning of math class, so these will be PERFECT! Plus, it costs around $10 for 30 mini-notebooks!

Hello little lovelies! Math is color-coded yellow- I'll have to tell you all about my color-coding system soon :)
Can you think of any other uses for these? Now that I have one set, I want more! :)

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Thank you all so much for your positive response to my Mystery Reader packet, and more importantly, for all of your terrific input about involving parents in your classrooms! I want my little girl to be in your classes- you all do such amazing things!!

Random.org chose Rachel & isewell- Congrats! Check your emails soon :)


If you didn't win, no worries- these are still on sale in my TpT Store for the next few days!

I hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer!


11 comments:

  1. What a great idea for using the mini-notebooks! Thanks for sharing!
    ThinkShareTeach

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  2. Lowes tried to cut them for me and they were a mess! I think I'll try Office Max!

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  3. This might be a silly question...but did you have to purchase the notebooks at Office Max? I love your idea of using them for math message!

    Primary InspiredPrimary Inspired

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    1. I was worried about that, too! I asked them about cutting them before I brought in my two Target bags and had them do them all- they didn't mind or even question it :) Yay!!

      ~Stephanie

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  4. What an excellent idea! Too bad I've already made my purchases (I grabbed spiral notebooks for 17 cents each). Anyway, I'll keep this idea tucked away for next year.
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count

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  5. I have always hand cut my spirals!
    I use half size notebooks for guided reading. In fact last year I bought the teenie ones from the Dollar Tree to use! I love anything mini
    Rachel

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  6. Hi Stephanie!! I love the mini-notebooks, such a great idea! Congrats on the .com :)

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  7. Stephanie,

    Thanks so much for linking to my post:) I am super happy that Office Max could help you too! I am so excited to get my going for next school year. A Math Message is a perfect use for those cute guys!
    ☮Monica
    The Schroeder Page

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  8. Hi Stephanie,

    I love this idea! I couldn't help but notice you said your notebooks were 50 cents. Where did you get such cheap notebooks? I've looked all over.

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  10. I'm heading to get mine cut to use for Daily Grams for Grammar!

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Thank you so much for your comments! :)
~Stephanie