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Welcome to my classroom tour of the 2015-2016 school year! I’ve been hard at work the last couple of weeks, and I’m so excited to share with you some of the newest additions to my class! I have always had a Hollywood themed classroom the past five years (hence the name), but I have decided it was time for a change! So without further ado, let’s take a peek into my “home away from home”!
Enjoy the peek around my classroom!
My students favorite place— our library!
My favorite way to organize my paperwork is with this simple filing system. I make my copies a week in advance and organize by the day of the week.
When students come in each day, they turn in their homework in the homework tray, but they must first highlight their name and flip their clothespin with their name on it. (GREAT management tip to ensure students have all turned in their homework!!!) You can find the poster for FREE in my store HERE. If students turn in all their homework all week long, they can play Homeworkopoly on Friday. Also in the homework center is our absent folders. If a student is absent, their neighbor grabs an absent folder to collect the work on their desk.
All of my students have a classroom job, and we rotate them every week. Students get paid for their jobs every Friday (if, and only if they do their jobs and do it well!) They can choose from my classroom rewards (which I wrote a small price amount on each card.) One of my FAVORITE areas in my classroom is my teacher desk!
A great way to add color and motivational inspiration is with cute posters! I love the way my new inspiration subway art brightens my room! (I apologize, I don’t know who made the posters on the right… if you know, please tell me!)
My second favorite place of my room is my new student work display area! I’ve never had this area of my room free because we have had huge computer tables covering this area. This year we get I-pads, so that frees this area up! Yay! I used yard sticks, spray painted them, and hot glued them to the wall (Hot glue was my BFF!) I made the letters (along with all the other words around my room from my NEW Cricut explore air… (OBSESSED!!!) During Daily 5, my students will rotate through “Word Work” to practice their weekly spelling words. In this station, they will find letter tiles, magnet letters, chalkboards, and letter stamps. This year I made the decision to put my word work worksheets in a binder (ammmmmazing choice!). Instead of running 189347 copies each week, I simply laminated 4 of each that they can use with a Vis-a-vis marker to practice their word work on.
Another new part to my classroom is my daily calendar board. You can find my calendar HERE. My student desks are ready for the first day of school! They will come in and “finish the picture”. It’s a great way to ease students in to the first few moments of school. Worksheet from Who’s Who and Who’s New. Love the cute little ruler bags from Target’s dollar spot!
My math manipulatives are organized in these drawers. All my game worksheets/game boards are laminated and organized in this binder by skill/subject of game.
My subject bulletin boards (science and social studies are not pictured…whoops!) are changed based on what we are studying at that time. This is at the beginning of the year, so not much is on here yet. On my math bulletin board, you will see the POW poster (Problem of the Week). I will change out the 2-step story problem each week. My reading bulletin board has my FREE Daily 5 rotation chart, reading genre posters (from Cupcakes n’ Curriculum), and reading strategy mini posters (from Jessica Travis). My writing bulletin board has a homemade writing process chart and boggle game.
My classroom library is another favorite part of my room! I’m loving my new “READ” letters from Joann’s! (They look even better lit up!). I got my colorful frames and added cute reading quotes in them. I organize my chapter books by genre/series/author. You can find my labels here.
The other part to my library is my picture books. I don’t organize them all, but I do put some of them in a labeled bin. My listening center … hallelujah for command hooks! I will put the books and cds in the green baskets each week. Two ways my students can challenge themselves is by completing activities from the Oscar’s Hall of Fame, which are challenge questions in each subject area. They can also complete the POW (math problem of the week).
I add each week’s spelling words to our word wall as we go (boy, does it get full!). Another new addition is our classroom rules. Simple and straight to the point! I got the idea for these four rules from Smart Classroom Management (amazing website with amazing ideas!)
Well, that’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed the tour! Please don’t hesitate to ask questions! I’d love for you to leave me a comment and let me know your favorite part of my classroom! Thanks for stopping by!
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