Friday, August 3, 2012

Here it is!

I am officially pooped!! Seriously, can't keep my eyes open. The stress has hit and has left me drained, and the adrenaline rush is gone.

So this will be an easy, brainless post. Let's walk through my room!

Here is the overall picture:

And now for some close ups! (I'll try to answer a few questions I have gotten about some things around my room):

Math area: I have the add it up game on the wall (like boggle, but for math!); the "board" is simply fabric hot glued to the cinder block as well as the border; the pails contain dice, counters, and such; the tubs are used in guided math groups; I think I am going to use the metal sign (from JoAnns) for listing their options for guided math; the pot holders are used for dice when students are playing games (keep the dice on the mat and they don't make noise).

New behavior management system. We have gone to a schoolwide passport, positive behavior system. A few of the fifth grade teachers decided to use something like this. I made mine on my own using my Cricut. The students each have a square magnet with their number on it. Ready to Learn and Great Job are S's for the day, Awesome is and E, Warning is still and S, Teacher's Choice is an N and I will decide if the student needs to sit in another classroom for a little while, write the code of ethics, or maybe sit out for recess..lastly is Parent Contact which is a U...the student will go to the office and the parent will be contacted. Because of the new system I had to adjust my work/behavior they are simply work folders (not labeled yet).

My no name paper this idea. Just hang up the papers with no names for the students to see and claim their paper!

My pizza pan groups (yes they sell pizza pans at the Dollar Store!!!). I decided to use different color circles to represent different subject. White = Math Groups  Red = Reading Groups. The circles have their numbers on them.

My area! Love it this year, especially the signs...I am addicted to subway art and quotes. 

My homework board. The Dollar Tree does sell frames that are lightweight and flat on the back, which makes it easier for hanging. One of my co-teachers has hers hot glued to the wall. Because some of mine were flat and others weren't. Some of mine are hot glued to the board and others have magnets on the back. DON'T use magnet strips!!!! They don't work. I used about 10 or so magnet circles from Wal-Mart. They even sell the really strong magnets (little silver ones). My lettering on the board is from the School Box. My bucket will hold library books that I will use in my guided reading. 

My reading "nook". Again I used hot glue to make my "board" with fabric and border. Boggle is on the board. The tubs will hold different items for groups. The drawers have my making words items and other game pieces and such. And my library crates are the square ones from Wal-Mart. I'll take a close up of them later when I talk about guided reading in my classroom.

My new little buy for the year. a six cubby shelf. This holds supplies, pencil sharpeners, our caddy with our passports in them, boy's and girl's pass (hand sanitizer), and the cubes will "hide" other supplies.

Finally, my outside wall display. I LOVE IT! I was lucky to have inherited clipboards...brand new clipboards from a retiring teacher! So I had two class sets and thought what better way to display work. I used my Cricut to cut the letters for the quote: "It's not about the ideas, it's about making the ideas happen". Again I used the Cricut to cut the triangles for the pennant, laminated them and hot glued them on the wall. I also used thick twine (again hot glued) to make the pennant "rope". I haven't decided how or what I am going to make for name tags, I was also waiting for my list to be more official.



Miss R said...

Wow! You've been busy!! Your room looks great!! :)

Miss R's Room

Kristi said...

Your room looks so beautiful! Your kiddos are going to feel at home there.

Learning's a Hoot

April Kreitzer Wolfe said...

Your room looks awesome! I bet your students will love it.


Lori Rosenberg said...

I adore the red and black accents. Your clip chart is stunning, as is everything else. Have a great year!

ΡΌ Lori
Teaching With Love and Laughter

Sarah said...

Awesome! I love the no name area! I'm thinking of doing something like that too! :)


Jessica Cramer said...

Wow, your room looks great! Everything matching! Love it!

Fabulous and Fun 4th Graders

Heather Shelton said...

Your room looks wonderful! I love the color scheme!
Mrs. Shelton's Kindergarten

Brenda said...

LOVE your color scheme! Everything looks so crisp and clean...& spacious!

Primary Inspired

Amy said...

I love your room! I want to sit and learn in there.

Overachiever said...

I love your room!! It's awesome and I love the colors. I too have the same colors and this will be my third year with it. I'm adding the ladybugs and I wanted to know where did you find your ladybugs that you use for No Name? Thanks.

Lisa R. said...

Everything looks absolutely amazing!! I love your color scheme! Your students will love it. :)
Learning Is Something to Treasure

The Science Penguin said...

This looks fantastic. I'm trying bookshelves with my tables this year!

The Science Penguin

Tina Moricz said...

You have been busy! I hope you can find a little time this weekend to rest! I was wondering what you used to attach the clipboards to your wall?

Anonymous said...

Looks great! Jealous as I haven't been in my room yet. Where did you find the red rugs? I am looking for black ones.

Alicia Patrick said...

Your room is amazing! You have been a wonderful inspiration to me as I begin to design my own classroom. Thank you for sharing!


Susan Moran said...

You room looks like a lifesize version of your blog! I love it! :)

T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

The Paisley Apple said...

Your classroom looks AMAZING! I would love to know more about the MATH board. I love how you arrange group bookshelves for their personal storage, dictionaries, etc. Your students are going to LOVE coming to class!!

Debra (The Paisley Apple)

Kelli said...

amazing! thank you for sharing. It is so organized!

Tales From a Traveling Teacher

Kristen said...

It is absolutely beautiful and beyond organized!! I could just sit and stare at it because it's so lovely!

2nd Grade Teacher and Life Long Learner said...

DESIGN STAR-may I sign you up for it???? Your room looks FANTASTIC!!! Two thumbs up!! SMILES

LandofLaird said...

Your room looks amazing! Thanks for all of your inspiration!

Kristy said...

Your room looks awesome! I love the idea of a no name area and the clipboards in the hall. How did you hang them on the wall?
Teachin' First

Kelly Teaching Fourth said...

Your classroom is beautiful! It's so neat and organized. I was wondering how you hung the clipboards? I love that idea! Also, if you get a chance, I'd love for you to visit my classroom on my blog @ Teaching Fourth.


MrsKacz said...

I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. Hop on over to my blog to claim your award!


P.S. Your room looks great! I love the clipboards on the wall! Awesome!

Laura said...

Your room looks great. I've stolen most of your ideas and already have the bookshelves! Great Job!

Jen said...

Where did you get your lady bugs? My room is exactly the same colors and I am looking for more lady bugs that do not have green on them. I want to stick with just the black and red. Love looking at your room for inspirations for my own!

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Katrina said...

Your room looks great!! I can't wait to finish mine. I especially enjoy the pizza pans on the wall. I might be stealing that idea. Hope you had a great first week!! I still have two weeks before kids come back but I am anxious to get started. Good luck this school year!!


Meredith said...

I can tell you love your room and so do I. Red, black and white...does it get any better? Have a great year!

Catherine said...

Where did you get your cubby shelf? The one with the 6 cubby holes...