I love my new classroom but I didn’t have a pocket chart stand.  And well, that was unacceptable since we use pocket charts daily!   You know…whole group…hippopotamuses/centers/workstations!   So I went on a mission to find the perfect pocket chart stand.
And I found this one from Really Good Stuff:
I loved the design.  In fact I was obsessed.  I. must. have. it.
Then I saw the $200 price.  OUCH!   BUT totally worth it.
Then I got to thinking….my new best friend PVC PIPE might work!
So I set about on a mission to build one of these myself!  

Here’s what you need:
PVC Pipe-3/4″ size  (Lowes sells pipe in 5 foot sections so I bought those and I needed 10 of those sections)
Elbows (6)
T Connectors (12)
Conduit Hangers (12) (These are found in the electrical aisle!)  We bought the 1″ size!  
Caps (12)
You will also need some extra nuts and bolts to attach the conduit hangers together!  We bought 1/4″ screws.
I made my chart 4 feet tall.
The top and bottom cross bars are 36″ long.
Connect the top cross bar to the sides with elbows.
Connect the bottom cross bar to the sides with T connectors.
Cut legs that are 12″ long.  Connect those to the T connectors where the cross bars are connected.
Cut feet that are 6″ long.  Connect these with the remaining T connectors.  I placed the feet on alternating sides to allow for movement of the sections!
Finally, attach the conduit hangers to the 4 foot sides.  You will need to attach 2 conduit hangers together.  Then place them on the sides.
Tighten the screws to keep the conduit hangers from sliding.
On one section, leave the conduit hangers unattached so you can snap the sections together!
Pop the caps on the feet!  
BAM!  It really was super easy!  It took me about 30 minutes to build!  
Total cost:  $50!!!!
I plan to spray paint it when it’s not hot and humid.  And since I live in Nashville, that might be November!  
And it’s kid tested, GREGGY approved!  
It worked SO SO well in the classroom today!!!!!

Here’s my Periscope video that we made Saturday after I finished!

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  • Reply Bobbie Jo Rocheford September 3, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    This looks like a ton of fun! I am wondering if you have an older post or if you could do a post on how you manage groups for your centers. I remember seeing a circle chart of some kind, maybe? I am trying to develop a way that students can clearly see which station they go to and which one will be next, etc. all while continuing to be independent. Any suggestions would be appreciated!! Thanks!

  • Reply Susan klema October 19, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I have all the materials and cut the pieces but am wondering how to attach the metal hangers to each other to make the chart stand move? At this point, the sections will just stay straight.

    • Reply Jason Warren-Smedley October 19, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Susan! You don’t connect the metal pieces to each other. They have open spots on each side that goes around the PVC pipe. Zoom up on the picture and I think you will see what I mean! (that is if I am understanding your question)

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