Thursday was Day 1 of creating a black pocket chart. First, I ran to the store and grabbed two dye kits. It only called for one, but you never know, right? I also grabbed a container of salt, and some heavy duty cleaning gloves. Sorry, but there was no way this girl was going to have dyed arms.
Once I got home, I grabbed a 5 gallon bucket and a plastic table cloth. The blog post I read said to throw it in the washing machine. I'm not sure why, but a 5 gallon bucket just sounded easier. I took it to the tub and filled it halfway with hot water, placed the bucket on the plastic table cloth, poured the bottle of dye in and some salt (True fact - I never measure), stirred it up, and put my pocket chart in there.
In the beginning, my hubby and I spent a few minutes trying to figure out how to get it to stay under water. I came up with fill up a milk jug with water, but once I fiddled with the chart I got it to stay under water. I left the chart to soak overnight and went to work on something else.
Now, the next morning (Day 2) I took the bucket outside with the chart still in it and pulled the chart out. People! I'm not kidding it was black... well, black with a lot of blue splotches. I would say it looked more like a camouflage shirt gone wrong. As I'm holding it, my fingers are starting to turn black because this girl didn't think about the fact her gloves were in her craft room. I tossed it in the washing machine so maybe the dye would move around. Um, yeah that's not how it works. I pulled it out and the chart was an epic failure. I fell into the group that thought they could outsmart the chart and instead ended up with an ugly chart (see picture) and needing to order a new one, well at least that's what I thought.
Into my life enters an angel named Christina that sends me this link The Very Busy First Graders. I mean I couldn't help but love this blog. After all, it is all about first grade. This blogger had done it slightly differently than me. So what do I do? I go in for round 2. Since this round worked, here are the specifics.
Pocket chart, 5 gallon bucket, plastic cloth, hot water, black dye (in a box), 1 cup of vinegar, gloves
Fill the 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot water. Place on the plastic cloth.
Mix in dye and vinegar. Place the pocket chart in the bucket.
Stir the pocket chart around in the dye for 15 minutes every 45 minutes to an hour. Make sure you take your gloved hands and pull the plastic open so that the dyed water can get into all the crevices. Flip it around, fold it differently, etc. (Note - I did this probably 4 or 5 times within 3 hours) Leave the pocket chart in the dye over night. Be sure that the water is fully covering the chart.
Take the bucket to a big sink or to your bathtub. Turn on the water where it is hot (Not to the point it burns you). Put the pocket chart under the water and keep flipping it and running water over it until the water that is draining does not have any dye. The water should be clear.
Hang your chart upside down to dry. This allows the water in the pockets to run out of the pockets. I put mine on a ladder under a fan. I would suggest putting it on the plastic cloth you used earlier.
Alright, I know this is a long post, but here's my other good news! My calendar math is finally done and posted! I ended up creating all of my own clip art for it so that I could post it as a flip chart. Since I know not everyone has a Promethean Activboard, I also posted it as an editable PowerPoint. This should allow you to use it on other types of interactive whiteboards since most computers have PowerPoint. The slides are the same as the last time, but since I changed backgrounds, here are new previews for you. If you click on any of them, it will take you to my TPT store. I also included live links and actions on many of the flip chart slides and slides for September-July at the end of the packet.
Make sure you check back tomorrow. I'm going to try to make sure I have a freebie for you. I will try to post a little more this week. Between setting up my classroom and working on Calendar Math I haven't had much time. Up next on my creative calendar is 1st grade morning work.
Have a great night!