Monday, August 13, 2012

#made4math Monday, August 13, 2012

I'm on vacation when this posts, but I did manage to get a #made4math done before I left.
In June, when I left school, I had talked to my principal about not using a textbook. She was very supportive but would like me to watch the paper usage. In fact, she'd really like me to work on teaching them how to take notes and she likes Cornell Notes. So, I had tweeted looking for help. Enter my good friend Shelli to the rescue! They do AVID at their school and Cornell Notes is an integral part. She had posted this great post about how to use Cornell Notes and included a bookmark for students to use. Well, like so many other #made4math posts, I've taken her idea and improved it....

First, here's my file:

I used other fonts that didn't save well - obviously take and modify them as you wish. I have two classes this year - Algebra 2 and Math 2. The ones you will see are the Algebra 2 ones.

1) Modify the file as you wish - with your contact information, etc. I got the SMART Questions from this website (several of you have pinned it - this is the actual website).

2) Print on cardstock.
As you can see, the card stock does warp a little when it comes out of the laser printer.

3) Cut. I have the file set up for 1/6" margins on either side of the 2 1/2" textbox. Enter my Fiskars 12"x12" rotary paper cutter. I cut at 5 2/3" and 2 5/6" (approximately) as marked on my guide below in blue.

So, this is what you have:
Shelli had you hole punch them and you're done.

But, wait, there's more! I got a new toy!
It's a Purple Cow 13" Hot and Cold Laminator. I got mine at Pat Catan's (a local craft store) for $30. As you can see, I got a great deal! So, continuing...

4) Turn on laminator. Put bookmarks into lamination sleeve and laminate.

5) Now cut and hole punch and you're done! I was not as precise as I'd like when cutting. I will have to do a little better on the rest of them. The top and bottom don't matter as much - it's the sides that should be nice and clean.

And there you have it - nice, LAMINATED Cornell Notes Bookmarks that should last. Again, a little time consuming, but they look great! (Yes, I'm a little biased, here, I know.)


cheesemonkeysf said...

You are a LAMINATING GODDESS!!! Let me bow down at your feet! This is fantastic.

- Elizabeth (aka @cheesemonkeysf on Twitter)

Simplifying Radicals said...

Genius! I NEED that laminator!!!

druin said...

These turned out so awesome!!! I love how Twitter really shows how "two minds are better than one" :)

Liz said...

I love making the Smart Questions into a bookmark! I might have to do this in addition to my table cards!

Anonymous said...

How are you able to have the bookmarks stay in place when running them through the laminator? Would putting scotch tape come out messy?