Monday Made-It - Wreaths, Resources, and Pie ... Oh My

30 June 2014
YAY for summer!!!  We just finished our school year on Friday and oh my goodness - it's been quite the year.  I honestly feel my Monday Made-It post should be ...

I made it to the end of the year.


That alone is reason to celebrate.

But ... I've managed to accomplish a few more things to share.

I made a beautiful summer wreath for my door.  I had seen a gorgeous wreath with little red tulip buds, and headed out to Michaels to gather some supplies.  But alas, they didn't have nearly enough tulip buds to make a wreath.  So, I had to come up with a new plan.  I finally (after many handfuls of flowers and making my daughter lay them out on the floor in a circle shape) decided on green hydrangea blossoms and little cream rose buds.  I love it.  

Now, I should mention, I'm not one for fussy crafts.  I can't be bothered with the floral wire and tape, so I just snipped the flowers off the stems with my scissors, and pulled out my glue gun.  Everything you see is glue gunned on (is that a verb?), which made the entire process much quicker, and I didn't even burn myself this time.  (But, one week later and the "E" has fallen off ... maybe I should have glued that one on a little stronger).  For the wreath I used 4 large hydrangea blossoms, and about 7 bunches of cream rose buds. Isn't it pretty??

I also finally finished my Text Structure Concept Posters.  They had been on my to-do list forever, and had been sitting unfinished in my permanently open PowerPoint tab on my computer.  But, I put the push on, and finished them up.  

I included 2 different posters for each text structure (cause and effect, compare and contrast, description, problem and solution, and sequence).  One poster is more general - perfect for teaching or modelling the text structure.  The other poster is more text specific (but can be used with any nonfiction text) - focusing on what the student learned from the text, using the text structure.  It also includes a graphic organizer specific to the text structure.  This one is great for a summative assessment.

I also included a student checklist for success criteria, rubric, blank template, and completed example.

Last but not least, I made this little beauty last night for tonight's supper.  The strawberries and rhubarb are fresh out of my garden, and as soon as my husband picked them, I knew a pie was in order.

The recipe was quick and easy ... because that's how I roll in the summer.  ;)

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • 3 1/2 cups strawberries (quartered)
  • 3 1/2 cups rhubarb (cut into 1/2" slices)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp butter 
Mix all ingredients (except the butter) and pour into prepared pie shell (I used a frozen shell, because I can't stand rolling out pie dough).
Dab butter on top before putting on top crust (I thawed the frozen shell a bit and used my pizza cutter to cut strips so I could make a lattice top).
Brush top with cream or milk and sprinkle sugar on top (I used raw sugar).  *This step is completely optional.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for another 25-30 minutes.

And, that's that.  I'm linking up with my friend Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for her fabulous Made-It-Monday ... and I can't wait to share a lot more Monday Made-Its with you this summer.  :)

Happy Monday!


  1. Happy Summer Jen!!! I adore the wreath and the resource...well, I think it's absolutely perfect and cannot wait to use it. Enjoy your first summer days :) :)

  2. Your wreath is GORGEOUS! I am super impressed! Seeing that pie makes me think of my grandma...she made the most amazing pie crust...sigh. I can't wait to go check out your text structure posters; everything you make is SUCH high quality!

  3. Ok.....that pie looks divine!!!!! YUMMY!!!! Your wreath is beautiful. I need to make something for my door....I feel like I'm not that good at Love all you do! Thanks for linking up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

  4. LOVE the wreath! Your technique is right up my alley, might need to try it out. Enjoy your summer!

  5. I love your text structure posters. They will prove to be really useful. A couple of questions: (1) what software do you use to create your resources, and (2) what is the name of the font used for the bodytext on page 2 of the text structure posters? Thanks.

  6. I'm new to your blog and I've been inspired. I am trying the ISNB in the fall and I also want to redo a few of my assignments. What program did you use to create your posters? I love the posters and your wreath!

  7. I have been falling victim to the permanently open power point myself a lot lately!

    The Math Maniac