Friday, August 3, 2012

Classroom Sneak Peek #1 and a Freebie!

Whew!  I officially go back to school on Tuesday, but I feel like I have not stopped doing school stuff all summer long!  Not complaining though - I love creating materials and organizing my classroom.  As promised, here is a link to the new Math Journals I've been working on.  These fit on Avery 5160/8160 labels, so you don't have to cut them apart and deal with kiddos using globs of glue on them, then inevitably sticking the pages of their journal together.

Now, on to the classroom tour!  I only took a few full room shots while I was at school, but will upload more specific pics showing my centers and teaching areas later.  Here is my door, with my new Where Are We? sign (grab it by clicking on the pic!).  

This is the view when you first walk in the door.  Cubbies are on the right and my "Information Wall" is on the left.  The blue shelf is where kiddos will put their lunch boxes, folders, name badges, and the clipboard we have to carry to special areas and lunch.

This is a close up of my "information wall."  On the right is my How We Get Home chart (available for free on my TPT page).  The middle is my Wish List where parents can take a candy cut out and send in the item listed on it (I'm still adding to it).  The left is my class helper chart.  I have little cupcakes with each student's name on them and velcro on the back to stick to the "plates."


Stepping in to the classroom a little more, you see the student's tables.  I LOVE the chair pockets.  Our Kindergarten has an Intervention Aide who sews in her spare time and she was kind enough to make these (and my curtains) for me!

Here is a shot of my reading table with my teacher stuff in the back.  The yellow pocket chart on the wall is how I rotate my students through literacy centers.  I put their names beside a letter (A-J) and then move the letters down when they need to switch centers.  

More teacher stuff goes on this counter, which is right beside my reading table.  Ignore the fan!  It's in my room still from when we painted the walls before school got out!  The purple pocket charts on the wall is where I will assign students to go to math stations.  These are numbered, while my literacy centers are lettered, so I don't confuse myself!    Hanging from the side of the counter is my new Brownie Points tray that I saw on Pinterest!  I am so excited about this!  Each time they get a whole class compliment, they get to add a (paper with a magnet on the back) brownie to the tray.  When the tray is full, they get something special.  Still haven't figured out the something special...any ideas?

Bulletin board behind the reading table (not quite finished!).  The left has symbols for my reading groups (cupcake, popsicle, ice cream and candy) and the student names will be put beside their reading group.  The right side has signs for punctuation and noun, verb, and adjectives at the top (found somewhere on Pinterest...)  and the green poster is a Story Map that we can add post its to in order to describe our story we are reading.  I'm also going to add a Schema poster (to add post its to as well) and an academic vocabulary poster (from one of Kim Adsit's packs...check it out here).  Above are my ice cream scoop number words (available here on my TPT site).

Here is my carpet area.  It's to the right of my reading table.  In the far corner is my classroom library.  On the back wall is my word wall.  

Here is a shot facing the outside door.  You can see my writing center on the left.   

This is kind of a management wall.  The blue pocket chart will be home to my class partners.  This is something new I'll try this year - assign each kiddo a partner, so when we have an activity that they need to do with a buddy, they always know who to go with.  Hoping this will eliminate some of those partnerships they choose sometimes that may not be such good ideas!  I also have the common core standard posters from Deanna Jump and the gumball machine will be where I will put info so the kids know what we are doing that week, such as sight words we are working on, math skill words, etc.

That's all for now!  I'll take more pics when I go back on Tuesday.  I promised myself I wouldn't be back before then, but we will see if I can stay away that long!  












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Friday, August 3, 2012

Classroom Sneak Peek #1 and a Freebie!

Posted by Jennifer Winters at 11:59 AM
Whew!  I officially go back to school on Tuesday, but I feel like I have not stopped doing school stuff all summer long!  Not complaining though - I love creating materials and organizing my classroom.  As promised, here is a link to the new Math Journals I've been working on.  These fit on Avery 5160/8160 labels, so you don't have to cut them apart and deal with kiddos using globs of glue on them, then inevitably sticking the pages of their journal together.

Now, on to the classroom tour!  I only took a few full room shots while I was at school, but will upload more specific pics showing my centers and teaching areas later.  Here is my door, with my new Where Are We? sign (grab it by clicking on the pic!).  

This is the view when you first walk in the door.  Cubbies are on the right and my "Information Wall" is on the left.  The blue shelf is where kiddos will put their lunch boxes, folders, name badges, and the clipboard we have to carry to special areas and lunch.

This is a close up of my "information wall."  On the right is my How We Get Home chart (available for free on my TPT page).  The middle is my Wish List where parents can take a candy cut out and send in the item listed on it (I'm still adding to it).  The left is my class helper chart.  I have little cupcakes with each student's name on them and velcro on the back to stick to the "plates."


Stepping in to the classroom a little more, you see the student's tables.  I LOVE the chair pockets.  Our Kindergarten has an Intervention Aide who sews in her spare time and she was kind enough to make these (and my curtains) for me!

Here is a shot of my reading table with my teacher stuff in the back.  The yellow pocket chart on the wall is how I rotate my students through literacy centers.  I put their names beside a letter (A-J) and then move the letters down when they need to switch centers.  

More teacher stuff goes on this counter, which is right beside my reading table.  Ignore the fan!  It's in my room still from when we painted the walls before school got out!  The purple pocket charts on the wall is where I will assign students to go to math stations.  These are numbered, while my literacy centers are lettered, so I don't confuse myself!    Hanging from the side of the counter is my new Brownie Points tray that I saw on Pinterest!  I am so excited about this!  Each time they get a whole class compliment, they get to add a (paper with a magnet on the back) brownie to the tray.  When the tray is full, they get something special.  Still haven't figured out the something special...any ideas?

Bulletin board behind the reading table (not quite finished!).  The left has symbols for my reading groups (cupcake, popsicle, ice cream and candy) and the student names will be put beside their reading group.  The right side has signs for punctuation and noun, verb, and adjectives at the top (found somewhere on Pinterest...)  and the green poster is a Story Map that we can add post its to in order to describe our story we are reading.  I'm also going to add a Schema poster (to add post its to as well) and an academic vocabulary poster (from one of Kim Adsit's packs...check it out here).  Above are my ice cream scoop number words (available here on my TPT site).

Here is my carpet area.  It's to the right of my reading table.  In the far corner is my classroom library.  On the back wall is my word wall.  

Here is a shot facing the outside door.  You can see my writing center on the left.   

This is kind of a management wall.  The blue pocket chart will be home to my class partners.  This is something new I'll try this year - assign each kiddo a partner, so when we have an activity that they need to do with a buddy, they always know who to go with.  Hoping this will eliminate some of those partnerships they choose sometimes that may not be such good ideas!  I also have the common core standard posters from Deanna Jump and the gumball machine will be where I will put info so the kids know what we are doing that week, such as sight words we are working on, math skill words, etc.

That's all for now!  I'll take more pics when I go back on Tuesday.  I promised myself I wouldn't be back before then, but we will see if I can stay away that long!  












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