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Classroom Chalkboard

2 weeks left until our first day of school!!
It’s getting so close and I still have tons of crafty things I want to do!
This was one of my major must-dos for the summer though, and I am SO happy with how it turned out!
A while back I stumbled upon Jessica’s blog Little Baby Garvin. She created an adorable chalkboard that she used each week while she was pregnant to take pictures of her baby bump. I absolutely love the chalkboard idea and how she changed it up each week! Plus her writing is simple amazing! I wanted to think of a way to use the chalkboard idea in my classroom. (I know, most teachers hate chalkboards and want whiteboards (or smart boards), but I just wanted a small, fun chalkboard!)
My plan is to switch it up each Monday but putting up a new quote or inspirational phrase. Then, during our writing block, I am going to have my students jot down the quote and write about it… their thoughts, how it makes them feel, what it makes them think, etc. Then it will be up the whole week for us to enjoy! I hung it up on the front of my desk right in front of our rug. That way people will see it when they walk into the room and it will be at eye level when my students are sitting on the carpet!

I found this quote from a pin on Pinterest. It was originally done as a canvas from Initially Amy Fay. How perfect is it for the classroom?!

I searched everywhere for a cute picture frame that I could paint, however I couldn’t find one that fit what I had in mind. I ended up finding this cork board at Office Depot, which I spray painted purple and then painted over the cork board with chalkboard paint. It didn’t turn out as smooth as I had originally hoped because of the cork board material, but it works, so I am happy about that!

Now I just have to add to my collection of quotes so that I have plenty of great ones to last the whole year!!
My second “project” was simple, but I love the results! I bought this cute paper tray at Office Depot for my students to turn in their tests/work. It started off white, and with all the white shelving in my room, I wanted it to be a bright color so it would stand out. I went to Blick and bought several amazing spray paint colors, and decided on the blue one for this! I love all the details in it!

I’m linking up with my sweet friend Tara from 4th grade Frolics! I love all of the wonderful things she made this week, and am definitely going to have to be adding some of them to my list!

  1. Andi says:

    I LOVE this – ALL of it!!! That frame is so beautiful. Great purple color. Thanks for sharing, I need to make one now!

  2. Mrs. Cupcake says:

    Very cute! I love chalkboard paint!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  3. Lauren says:

    I absolutely LOVE your chalkboard and your idea to use it as a writing prompt. I've spent just about all of my classroom money so far, but the second I get some more income I would love to buy one of those. Thanks for sharing 馃檪

  4. Your classroom turned out wonderful! I am your newest follower. I would love to have you come by and visit my blog–you could win a laminator!


  5. Kristin Gre says:

    Amazing room ! I'm jealous. I am also your newest follower. I am a new blogger and TPT seller… please check out my pages at

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  6. Heather A says:

    I just found your blog, and it is so cute! I LOVE your chalkboard frame! I haven't used the chalkboard paint yet, but want to try! I'm always nervous it won't turn out well…but yours looks great!! I'm your newest follower! 馃檪

    Sensational Seconds

  7. luckeyfrog says:

    I love that quote. What a great, positive thing to have displayed in your room!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  8. 4321Teach says:

    Your chalkboard idea is super cute! Good luck this school year. 馃檪


  9. Love, Love, LOVE your chalkboard! Have a great school year!!!

    One Teacher's Take

  10. I love your desk area! It is so pretty.

    Teaching Fourth

  11. Erin Bradley says:

    I LOVE your chalkboard! I need to make something like that for my studio!!! 馃檪

  12. Your READ letters are delicious! Do I have your permission to use that picture in an online DE reading course I teach? It won't be public because I use Moodle, only my students (ECU) will see it.
    Jen Jones

  13. Miss Cosby says:

    I love these pictures! I also love the looks of you blog. Pink and polka dots, I mean what's not to love. I'm your newest follower.

    You Might Be a First Grader…

  14. Spray paint just makes everything so cute!!! And it's so easy! What great ideas. So excited to be following you!

    Fourth Grade Lemonade

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