Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Made It: Pocket Chart Stand

I'm so happy for Monday Made It because it makes Monday so much more wonderful!
This week, I made a mini pocket chart stand for my $1 pocket charts I got last summer at Target. I was inspired by Carly at First Grade Fabulosity's post about her pocket charts!
It was crazy easy! Here is how you do it!

First, you'll need to gather your supplies:
Side note: my pipe is already cut in this picture, obvi. You will need to buy a 10' piece of 1/2" PVC pipe at your preferred hardware store. :) It will cost you about $1.50 for the 10' pipe.

Then, start putting it together!

First, put your two elbows on either side of your 18" piece. This will be the top of your stand.
Then, put your 24" pieces in the other ends of the elbows. Just shove 'em in there!
After that, put your tees on ends of your 24" pieces.
Next, put one 5" piece in each tee opening.
Last, put your little caps on the open ends!
Then it should look like this bad boy. Feel free to relax at this point, as that is what I am clearly doing in this picture, haha!
Now if you would like to, you can spray paint your stand. I had some spray paint already so we painted it navy blue! Also, I have metal rings that I am going to use to hang the pocket charts but they are at school, so for the purpose of this post, I just tied the pocket charts up with yarn!
If you already have the pocket charts, this project will cost you less than $5 to make one stand. That is a pretty good deal to me!!!

There are two pocket charts back to back on the stand so two students can use the chart simultaneously!

I'm planning to use this as a station during reading time. Our first grade program features 3-4 word families per unit, so I'm going to make up little cards so they can make words independently using the word families.

Do you have any other ideas or ways we can use this awesome stand during independent work time?

24 comments:

  1. Awesome job! It looks great. I think I need to add this to my summer to make list.
    Jessica

    Apples and Papers

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  2. Wow! That turned out great! I have those pocket charts.....somewhere.....I have so much I need to find!!! Thanks for linking up:)) That's a great idea:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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  3. Wow! That's so cool and way cheaper than buying the real one! It's also probably more durable too.

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  4. GENIUS!!! I am SOOO making this!

    Natalie
    TeacheryTidbits

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  5. WOW! What great directions. What a great price for a chart stand.

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  6. I love it, thank you for sharing how to make it.

    Lorena
    Little Treasures

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  7. Great stand! Love the navy paint.

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  8. I love this!! It turned out fabulous!!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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  9. Great idea! Thought about asking the hubs to make it but I know I can handle it! :) Thanks for sharing!
    Stacie
    www.oneteachertalks.blogspot.com

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  10. This is great. Those stands are so expensive.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Ideabackpack@gmail.com

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  11. Very cool! I am going to talk my hubby into making me one. I know it will be much sturdier than the one I currently have in my classroom (I inherited from the teacher who was in my room before me). Thanks for sharing!

    Patti

    http://talesfroma4thand5thgradeteacher.blogspot.com

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  12. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. I love this! I may try to make one for my room! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Jennifer
    Lifelong Learning

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  14. Just made one of these! Your measurements were perfect!! Thanks for sharing :)

    Laura
    tattling to the teacher

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  15. That is totally cute! I am going to have to make some of those :) Thank you for sharing!!!

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