Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Made It #2 - Book Recommendation Carousel

It's Moday Made It time and I've once again linked up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics!  I feel like I have been nonstop crafting and it is taking over my house.  Thankfully this linky party is making me finish these projects instead of just jumping around.  This week's creation is my Book Recommendation Carousel.

I found this great idea on Pinterest (where would we be without it?) and wanted to recreate it but for student's book recommendations.  Last year I had a sports theme and I made a baseball bat poster that said "Sure Hits" and students wrote down books that they thought were amazing.  It was great up until it was so full you couldn't read any of the books anymore.  This year I wanted to break it up by genre since they will be doing the 30 book challenge from the Book Whisperer.

The genre posters are from Beth Newingham but I did recreate some of them so the books were more on the 5th grade level (she teaches third).  The book recommendation sheet I created on Word and put it on top of fancy paper from JoAnn's.  Slide it into a sheet protector and place them in the binder rings.  Close the binder rings around the paper towel holder and you're done!  This could be used for a number of things, including showing off student's work!  If you have any more ideas for the carousel I would LOVE to hear them!



  1. Sabra! This is amazing!!! I totally love this:)) Thanks for linking up:) I have a house full of projects too!!! Crazy!!! Crazy but fun:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. What did you use for the pole in the center? This is a great idea!


  3. Thank you! I'm very happy with it :o) Heather it is actually just a paper towel holder! The rod screws off and on but really the 1" binder clips open wide enough to fit around it already assembled.

  4. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love this...I think I might have to copy you!!!!

  6. Cool, cool, cool! I won't be teaching reading next year (history instead), but that's a GREAT idea!


  7. I made one of these on Saturday! How crazy is that?! I saw the same thing on Pinterest... I'm using mine to keep track of student work since I do not have a lot of wall space to display their work. Check Out My Creation! I really like your idea as well! I love Beth Newingham's work...Isn't she incredible!?

    I'm your newest follower!

    Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

  8. Thank you everyone so much!

    Sara - It is crazy how alike we are! I was just checking out your blog (love it by the way) and we have SO many of the same likes and we are both doing some of the same things with the kids next year and what not.

    I am really enjoying this linky party and all the wonderful people I am "meeting" through it!


  9. Hi! I'm your 25th follower. I love your idea, it turned out great . Thanks for sharing.


  10. Hi Sabra! I'm number 26! (: Great idea! I think I need to add The Book Whisperer to the other 2 books I'm in the middle of reading.(: Come visit me sometime- I'm coming up on 100 and will be having a giveaway!
    The Caffeinated Classroom

  11. Super cute! I'm your newest follower and a brand new blogger!

    Teaching Maddeness
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  12. I love this idea! Now you've got my wheels spinning for all the things I can use it for!

    I'm a new blogger myself if you'd like to come over and have a look!

  13. What a great idea! I'm your newest follower.

  14. I love your twist on this. I saw it on Pinterest and loved it. I really like what you hve done. I might just be stealing this idea. =)

    Fun is Found in Fourth

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  18. Love this idea. Have printed out the book pages from Beth's site. Any chance you could share the recommendation pages that you created? Excited about my first year in 5th grade!