Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Made It - Paint Chips - Help

It is  Monday Made It once again.  Come on over to Tara's 4th Grade Frolics and join in the fun. This week I decided to take some more Pinterest inspiration and work with paint chips.  There are some great paint chip art projects out there like these.

I decided to go with something a little more practical which is using them to keep track of my students' logins and passwords for different sites we use.  This past school year, I just used index cards and a ring to hold mine together. I thought to add more color I could use the paint chips and ribbon.

 If you have more than three sites the students use there are paint chips with more color sections.  Also, I have to get more of them to make a class set.

I know you can just use a spreadsheet or a simple word document, but when you have to travel to the computer lab and the kids don't bring a folder with them I have found this to be effective.  You have the logins at your finger tips.  The students can easily find their own too.

I have a request for help.  Does anyone know what format to save a Publisher file in, so that whoever downloads it can edit it?   I had a request for my freebie to be in a format so the user can edit the document for their use.  Any ideas?  Thanks!


  1. Great idea! I'm a new follower! I look forward to learning more from you! :)
    Tori's Teacher Tips

  2. Hey Lorena! I'm a new follower. This is such a great idea. My school uses 3 computer programs throughout the day (not including AR), and of course.... different logins and passwords for all. What do you think of Read Naturally? We use it too and I have such mixed feelings about it. Your the first teacher blogger I've seen mention it! None of my personal teacher friends from other schools/counties have ever heard of it.

    I'm looking forward to reading more posts from you :)

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

    1. Hi Katie,
      I think Read Naturally works well when you can monitor a small group of students. When I tried it in the computer lab with the whole class there, it was difficult for the students to wait for me to test them. The older version with the tapes and graphing done by hand is also good but again for a small group that can be monitored and get their needs met. Also you have to carve out time in our busy schedule to do it.

    2. Our school district uses Clever... one login... multiple apps/ software!!!

  3. Super idea...and another reason to grab a few paint chips when I'm shopping!!


    A Time to Share & Create


    Fabulous 4th Grade

  4. Brilliant!!!! Love this! I love anything with color and fun:))) What a great idea! Thanks for linking up and sharing:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  5. Do you have Publisher at home? I'm JEALOUS! I have it at school and live on it... everything I make is in Publisher! I don't know about another format for editing, other than the person who is editing it has publisher themselves... sorry! I like the paint chip idea for passwords...putting it on my ever growing list of things to make!

    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

    1. I use Pages and save it in PDF format so parents can see it online. Try PDF for Publisher.

  6. That is a fun idea. Having different colors would certainly help them locate theirs more easily.

    As for your publisher question. I don't think there is any format you can save it in so that someone without publisher can edit. Several years ago I purchased publisher (for home) so that I could open/edit a bunch of files. Luckily now it is in the Microsoft Office bundle that I purchased.

  7. Love this idea! So simple, easy, and cute. Pinning!

    The Teaching Thief

  8. You can save publisher as a PDF file. I like your ideas!

  9. I love this idea!
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    =) Beth
    Inspired Writing Teacher

  10. I make something similar for my students, but I always used index cards. What a great idea to jazz them up! Thank you for sharing!
    The Sweet Life of Third Grade ~ We're having a SWEET giveaway!

  11. I love this what a great way to save some teacher stress. Thanks for sharing.


  12. Definitely going to put these by the cmputers this year! Even though kids had their logins, they always managed to lose them! Great idea, thanks! Already pinned it! :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  13. OH MY GOSH. I have 7500 paint chips that a friend and I wiped Home Depot clean of and I'm totally going to steal this idea!! What a cute way to provide students with their information rather than having them come up to you with the information only being in a spreadsheet. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  14. Hi Lorena
    I LOVE THOSE SNOWMEN!! I know I'm shouting, but they are so awesome! And I love your blog banner and title. It's so creative and different, and I love the jewels! My blog is not so cute as yours, but come visit sometime!
    The Caffeinated Classroom

  15. Thanks for this posting!

    On Publisher, only Publisher can edit -- sorry! Saving as a PDF is a good way to share, but these can't be edited without very expensive Adobe software. How about these options?
    a - Copy and paste your elements from Publisher into Word. Some items may not convert, but text and images should be okay. You may need to create text boxes to put the text where you want.


    b - Send your reader a copy of the Publisher file through email -- and if he/she doesn't have Publisher, the document could be converted using an online free tool like

    Good luck!

  16. I like this idea, but I do mine with colored labels on an index card. I don't like having to write that much!

    Fun is Found in Fourth

  17. I LOVE your idea about keeping student log in's and passwords...will definitely use this!

  18. I think you have to have publisher on your computer to read and edit publisher documents.

  19. Our team's been working in Google and web-based. Have you tried Open Office? I'm not sure what's compatible with Publisher, however. Thanks for the paint chip ideas and happy New (School) Year!

  20. Even though these were used for the Elementary classrooms, I teach 6th grade and will definitely use the "paint chip files" for my class! They always forgetting their logins and passwords! Thanks so much for your great ideas! Will be watching for more to help me along!!

  21. great idea. will share this with my IT Teacher