Monday, August 12, 2013

Classroom Pictures

   I was a little stressed when I walked into my classroom this morning after receiving four new students on Friday and planning the first two weeks of activities with my teammates, but after a full days work in my classroom I am ready!!! I think. I took as many pictures as I could before they kicked me out of the building.
 This is a look into my room from my classroom door.
 This is the view from my desk.
This is the view from my guided reading table.
So let's start the tour by my desk...
    I am so excited to put my new i-Pad in that drawer that was purchased this summer on my Donor's Choose account. The blank drawer will "hopefully" be for another i-Pad that is on my account.
    I HATE having things on my desk. So this is what it looks like during the school year too with the addition of my plan book. To the right of my computer monitor is my Substitute binder and above my keyboard is my chevron marker and pencil/pen/scissor cans from Target dollar spot. You can see the top of my cubbies which holds my homework and finished work baskets and my bathroom passes. There is a blue and pink hand sanitizer bottle that my kiddos will put on their desk to show me that they are in the bathroom. They will put a little squirt in their hands when they come back...just in case!!!
    My new Lakeshore rolling easel. Another Craigslist find this summer for $40. To the right is my filing cabinet which is turned. I will use this magnetic surface as my AR check-in. There are four computer clipart pictures at the top and each of the circles has a kiddos name. My kiddos will move their circle under the computer when they are ready to AR test. When they are done, they will move their circle back down and let the kiddos know below them that it is their turn. This worked WONDERS for my kiddos last year. No fighting over computers.
   Here are my whiteboard baskets for each of my colored tables. Each basket has whiteboards, dry erase markers, and erasers (AKA face scrubbers from Dollar Tree). The black basket in the back is holding all of my sight word game bags.
   The white rolling cart holds extra community supplies; crayons, colored pencils, markers, glue sticks, and scissors.
   My best purchase over the summer. My new 30 slot cubbies. If you didn't read my earlier post this summer I found this beauty on Craigslist for $100. LOVE!!!
   To the left of my cubbies on the wall is my Math Focus Wall.
 Number of the Day, place value pocket chart, and week calendar with weather
Here is a look from the side of my Promethean board.
      This is where we do the majority of our learning. That is my large carpet (Donor's Choose purchase) all my kiddos mingle on and our Promethean board. I am lucky that mine can move up and down so that's why it is really low right now. Below the Promethean board is my Literacy & Math Take Home bags. You can read about them here and get them in my TPT store. I cannot wait for my kiddos to start taking them home! To the left of my Promethean board is my Comprehension Beanie Babies and reading tools.
    The second yellow sign is where I write what comprehension strategy we are working on. We use this during our Walk to Read block and writing block.
    These are reading tools my kiddos can use while they read to self or read to someone. I have fluency phones (Lakeshore Learning), various pointers, big book glasses, and reading buddies.
   Here is one of my favorite parts of my classroom library. I have a lot of books!!! But I LOVE books and think you can never have too many. I want my kiddos to feel like they are in a bookstore and have so many choices. Each of my books is labeled with AR level and a sticker to show which bin they belong in. Each bin is labeled with the matching sticker and is themed. I spent a lot of time organizing my library two years ago and it has made my classroom life so much easier.
   This is my Literacy Focus Wall. In the middle of the green pocket charts is where I plan on hanging my anchor charts we make. Each of the pocket charts will hold our spelling words and vocabulary words we are learning.
   To the left of my Literacy Wall is my new Science Focus Wall. I did not have a science wall last year and I am so excited to have one this year as we are planning to do a lot of science/non-fiction writing.
    Under my Science Focus Wall is my Calming Spot.
 And my Calming Basket. You can read about them here to get your own.
   Here is my second favorite spot in my classroom. My Writing Center. On the top cupboard shelves are my "Do You Have a Writer's Eye?" posters and our second grade NO Excuse words in the two blue pocket charts. On the counter I have just the basics for the beginning of the year. A small white pull-out drawer of red pens and highlighters, black sorting shelves holding colored construction paper, and two black baskets which will hold Etch-e-sketches and fancy paper. Each week I will put themed/holiday items out, stickers, stamps, etc. I also have writing resources below the counter and my writing center table.
    To the left of my writing center is where my kiddos hang-up their jackets and backpacks. Here is all of their Walk to Read bags.
    Right next to the kiddos hooks is my behavior corner. This is my behavior stoplight and our Peace Place with Talking Stick.
   My kiddos will get to make their own talking stick the first week of school.
Here is the wall to the right when you walk in my classroom door.
 You can read and get my Leadership Lanyards and Data Notebooks by clicking on the images below.
 Here are my word work activities and games. I switch them out every two weeks.
    My kiddos can use these clipboards, sentence and lap whiteboards, and markers with the word work activities.
    Here is my Listen to Reading shelves. The top shelf has CD players, headphones, and books with CDs. And the bottom shelf holds all six of my Leapfrog Tags (Donor's Choose purchase).
    This is the cart I am going to use to hold all of the writing notebooks and folders for my teammates kiddos. We are switching kids again this year for writing.
   In each of the picture frames is a subject and I will write the objective on the glass each morning with a dry erase marker. Above the yellow pocket chart is where I will write the date, our schedule is in the pocket chart, and the weeks Special schedule is below.

    To the left of my objective's is my F.A.C.E. Wall that we will use during Walk to Read and writing.
    This is behind my guided reading and math table. On the whiteboard is my Decoding Beanie Babies and the shelf houses all of my word work games. The four colored bins on top of the shelf will hold the materials for each of my guided math groups.
    To the left of my word work shelves is all of the buckets for Bucket Fillers. The grey chevron cup holds all of our papers to Fill a Bucket.
   Here is my mobile math cart that I purchased at Target this summer. I love that I can move it around the room to wherever my kiddos need it. Right now it is sitting under my F.A.C.E. wall. The top shelf is holding all of the choices for Math with Someone. The second shelf is holding all of our math books for kiddos to read when they are working on Math with Self. And the last shelf is holding all of the bins and recording sheets for Math Work.
 Math with Self
  Number of the Day recording sheet for Math with Self.
Math with Someone games
Math Work
Math Writing story problem pieces and recording sheets when journal pages are completed.
My word wall. Each consonant is a tree and vowels are owls.

   And to finish my classroom tour my kiddos At Home Reading necklaces. Every time my kiddos return their reading log I track their time. Each kiddo gets one bead on their necklace for every 100 minutes read at home. I found last year that my kiddos would read more than 20 minutes a night so they could get more beads. They get to take them home at the end of the year. These are from Oriental Trading Company.

    I wanted to end with outside my classroom. Because the 7 Habits symbol is a tree I made two whimsical trees to hold my kiddos work. I plan on changing out the colors of the circles (leaves) when the seasons change.
 Here is where my kiddos will hang their work.
   And I wanted to share my awesome teammates boards outside their doors too. Teamie One's theme is the jungle so she made a palm tree keeping with the 7 Habits theme.
These cute little monkey clips will hold her kiddos work.
   And here is Teamie Two's tree. Her classroom theme is owls. I love how elegant, but simple her tree is. 
Her kiddos work will be hung from these little owl clips.
   WOW!!! Classroom overload, but I hope you enjoyed taking a journey through my room as much as I had putting it all together.

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