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DIY lightbox

Hi friends! Happy Monday!
I am linking up with my sweet friend Tara from 4th Grade Frolics today for her awesome Monday Made it! I wanted to share with you how to make a DIY lightbox!


DIY Lightbox
I have seen lightboxes that are hundreds of dollars. I don't have that kind of money laying around. If I did, I would be buying clothes, not a box. Also, I needed a bigger box. I have binders that I wanted to share and that box was too small to open up inside. I figured there had to be a better way!!!!

This light box cost me $4 for the first one. It will cost you from scratch with needing lamps about $18.
I had most everything already in my house. You likely have a few of these items in your home too. 
For the cheap version:
Most everything can be bought at dollar tree.
4 foam boards from dollar tree.
Parchment paper (some people use tissue paper,but I like parchment because my lamps can touch it and it's not going to catch on fire!
Packing tape
One piece of floppy white poster board.

You will need 4 of these boards!
You will cut a large square on two of the boards. Then, tape on your parchment paper. As you can see, I had to double it up because the hole is so big. 

Then, with your dollar tree packing tape, tape the sides together. I didn't tape it too much because I want to be able to easily accordion file fold it when it is not in use.  Then, I slide in a piece of foam on the bottom.

After that, I slide the poster board in the back. You want to do this so that when you are shooting, you don't see the seam. I use clamps to hold the poster board, (dollar tree)but if you have binder clips - that will work too. Just clamp the poster board to the top. I put a piece on top too, but it isn't needed. Neither is the aluminum foil. I use it to bounce light sometime, but when I edit my picture using the camera app, I don't need it.  Then, add your three lamps! 


You can easily fold it - see?
It lays flat!!!! This one lays right behind my nightstand in case I need to shoot something quickly and my bedroom windows are open for natural light! 
I use three lamps. One on each side of the paper, and then one up front. 

Here is the second version. I use this most often. It holds all of my lamps, clamps, poster boards, tripod etc, so I love it! 
This is what my set-up looks like! 
I can do this with all the other lights turned out - I feel like it actually works better when the only lights on are the ones in front of my object I am shooting. 

Here is what it looks like all sitting inside. I pop the lid on, and tuck it into my son's closet! 

Here are some photos to show you before and after, and also so you can see some pictures that I have taken since making this! 
This photo is just using my kitchen table with the lights on - on top of a posterboard. Looks bright - right? 
This is using the lightbox - when I only had one lamp!!!!!

Here is a side by side comparison! (This was using all three lamps- I didn't have the clamp lights yet for the first photo)

Here is a photo with an app marketing with it. 

Here are two friends that also used my lamp tutorial from periscope.

My guided reading cliff notes pack was shot in my diy lightbox!!
Editable Bubble Gift Tag  - Shot with my lightbox
Back to School Forms - Shot with my lightbox

That is my only made it this week. I will try to make something special for next week using my Target dollar spot finds!!!
Happy Summer!


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Guided Reading Cliff Notes

Hey there friends!
Are we at the end of the year!? What? This year has flown by. As I am prepping for next year and the changes going on in my school, I was trying to prepare for a new teacher in our grade level next year. Each year, I try to reflect on what I can do to make my planning easier and my lessons and time more effective. I mean, who says, eh - I have enough time in the day, thanks! :)



I have been using The Next Step in Guided Reading as basically my bible since it was published. The information included is amazing, but refer back to my previous comment - TIME. I never have time to reread it every year like I want to. That means, the book ends up on my shelf, unused and I make things up on a spur of the moment on my feet kind of teaching. I am always ok with that, but I really wanted to be more organized when it came to my guided reading time.


End of the Year Gifts- Bubble Tag


Hey all!
Wow, I can't believe that I am starting to test my students for their end of the year testing! It is crazy how fast this year went by!


What are you doing for your students for gifts? 


I bought each of my babies two books. 
This year, I will be giving my friends bubbles, too!!!!  The bubbles are my favorite thing that I have done. All because of these adorable tags! They are so precious!!!  You can click on the picture below to see the editable file in my store. 

These ones below are ones that I made for when you just don't have time to edit. All you do is print and tag. These will be perfect!!!  Click on the pictures below to see those as well! 

Bulletin Board and Focus Wall and some Freebies!


Hi friends!
I am re-doing my pinterest board covers, and since I did my Focus Wall and Bulletin Board cover today, I thought I would share a few oldies but goodies! 


If you'd like to see cute bulletin board ideas and focus wall stuff, please click the picture below to see my pinterest board. 

There are reading strategy posters, and grammar review posters. 

 I just LOVE my focus wall this year! 

Earth Day and Natural Resources

Hey there friends
I just wanted to pop in and share my Natural Resource and Earth Day pack with you!
While you are here, click on the image below to see my Earth Day Pinterest Board!




My friends have enjoyed our Natural Resources and Earth Day Activities! I am so happy that they were able to have a hands on experience creating their own green cleaner! 

Teacher Meme

Hi guys!
Can I just tell you what joy I get out of finding and creating funny teacher meme's?
It is the BEST. THING. EVER!!!
Well,
I decided to have a teacher meme contest. The winner will get a $50 TPT gift card!!!!




Here are a few of my favorites:

My husband works outside year round, so this is him to me EVERY time I share any kind of distain from teacher exhaustion. 


Data Tracking for Running Records and Reading Conferences

Hi Friends! I am beyond excited to be blogging today. I enjoy blogging, but it is H.A.R.D. to do during the school year. I have been using my new tracking system for the last two-three weeks (adjusting and adding ideas) and I have what I think is the best for my class data tracking goals.

If you would like to see more guided reading ideas, follow my guided reading pinterest board by clicking the picture below

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