Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Made It FREEBIE!- What?! What?!

Bah! My first Monday Made It! I’m linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics today AND Classroom Freebies. LOVE BOTH BLOGS. And it's multi-tasking!

My Monday Made it can be described in two words: WRITING COPS.  The easiest way for me to explain this craft is to briefly describe how this idea came to be.

-         Weeks ago, while talking school ideas on the phone to my mom, she mentioned something about “Grammar Police”.  I decided this was GENIUS and I needed to incorporate this idea into my classroom. Wasn't sure how it would work, though... 

-         A few days later, I found Police Badges at the Dollar Store and decided I would have my “Grammar Police” patrol during writing. Their job would be like mine: checking to make sure students stay on task, answering questions, helping with format (since most of my darlings NEVER indent…), etc. At this point the idea is still forming.... 

-       Yesterday, AMAZINGLY ON PINTEREST (I’m claiming divine intervention here) I found this little beaut’ (pictured at left) which links to this awesome COPS writing activity & poster pack, all by The Eager Teacher. It's the final piece of my half-finished-idea!! I was STOKED! I'm STILL stoked!! 

-         Since the freebie poster said COPS and my dollar store badges said POLICE (and I’m extremely anal), I decided to ditch the dollar store badges and make my own. ENTER MONDAY MADE IT & FINALIZED IDEA! The “Grammar Police” are now dubbed the “Writing Cops” and they wear sweet badges while patrolling the room. The "job" is earned by showing your knowledge about capitalization, order & organization, punctuation and spelling. Basically the whole thing is superbly legit and rockin’.

Seriously!! Check out the awesomeness on the right!! That hardcore model is my adorable 9 year old who’s going into 4th grade this year!

Since this idea came full circle thanks to a freebie, I making my badges (pictured below) a free download as well.  Just click HERE, print these bad boys out, laminate** them, then hot glue a safety pin on the back. If you don’t want to use pins, you could put these on lanyards, magnets, whatevs.

** Do you own a laminator?? I DO! And I’m in love with it! I have the Scotch brand and I use it to laminate everything! Price is reasonable & it’s SO much sturdier than our school laminator WHICH PEELS, I might add… I found mine on Amazon around Christmas for $16.99 but I’ve seen them at Walmart for $25. Laminating sheets come in legal and regular sized and are around $10-15 a pack.  Worth. Every. Penny.

Thanks to Tara for hosting MONDAY MADE IT!
And Classroom Freebies for MANIC MONDAY! 
And thanks to The Eager Teacher for awesome writing goodies!!

Rock on, peeps! 


  1. Your idea is too cute! Now I think I need a laminator. I'm about to drive 45 minutes so I can get some of my summer projects laminated (ugh!) all because I want to get something else on my list marked off. I NEED one!

    Hooty's Homeroom

    1. Yes! You need one! It won't do posters but it's perfect for those little those little things we teachers create! And they're SO AFFORDABLE!


  2. I could not live with my laminator. Mine is Scotch brand too and I LOVE it! Have you ever gone to Sam's for laminating sheets? That is where I go and the price is WAY better. Just a thought. Also, love your writing cop idea. I could really see kiddos getting into that. :)

    The Teaching Thief

    1. Thanks!! I will have to look at Sam's ASAP! :)

  3. The cop idea is so cute!!! I know the students are going to have fun with that!
    Modern Kindergarten

  4. I have seen the little COPS sign and previously downloaded it. I think your badges and an adorable final touch. Thanks for putting it all together and sharing!

    room 4 imagination

  5. HOW CUTE! Love this. I'm so glad you linked up.


  6. I love these! How fun for the kids and productive too! Thanks for sharing...lookin forward to swappin ideas!

    The Second Grade Superkids

  7. I have been looking at getting a laminator guess I just need to get it:) Love the writing cop badges!

    The Busy Busy Hive

  8. What a great idea! How fun for the kids, thanks for sharing them on Manic Monday! I am now your 28th follower!
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  9. Cute idea of using the cops badge to go with the COPS sign!
    Yes, I have the same laminator and agree with you...I love,love mine and can't imagine how I managed without it before buying it!

  10. Aw what a cute idea! Isn't amazing having all of these resources out there? I swear it makes things so much easier! I'll always get ideas, but then can't make them work until I do some research and see what other people have done! Then it always comes full circle. Oh and laminators? UHHHHHH-MAZING.

    Reaching for the TOP!

  11. Hey, Katie! I am in Houston right now. Maybe I'll see you in a session. I'll keep an eye out for you.

    Hootyshomeroom at gmail dot com

  12. This is a great idea.

    I have given you an award. Please stop by my blog to pick it up.


    A Rainbow of Teaching

  13. I wouldn't be able to live without my laminator! I love your writing cops badges:) Neat story about how it all came together. Thanks for sharing and the freebie! Thanks too for linking up:) Hope you come back:)

    4th Grade Frolics