Thursday, August 29, 2013

An Oregon Classroom Reveal!

It's only a few days late, but my room is as ready as it's going to be! It took a TON of work to move it cross country, repurchase and remake so much stuff! But I'm loving the way it is all coming together.

Enjoy...and get ready for picture overload, and I was armed with my good camera this time!

The BIG, overall picture:



My classroom library/reading nook (with a view)


I saw this idea on Pinterest...sort of, and made it my own. Each student has two sticks (one yellow and one blue). My kids are allowed to only have two books out of my classroom library at a time. So when they take a book they put the stick in it's place. This lets me quickly see who is reading, and what they are reading (my library is set up by genre, author, and series). I don't have labels yet, the ones I used before are too big.
Original PIN idea here. Bucket made by me :)






My group tins made it with me, but of course they had a small make over, new ribbon to match the new color theme!


My new homework boards, again loved using them in previous years...just had to change the color theme.


An overall view of the front of my room. My overhead projector cart had a makeover and now holds my laptop and speakers (no speakers in the ceiling here). The big white arm is my document camera, I'm adjusting to the largeness of it! I am also transitioning from Mimio interactive board system to SMART. The huge white cart with wheels is my class set of iPods, yep each kiddo gets an iPod for the year.


Updated my candy holding mason jars, and added a new procedure to my room, mystery walker (read about it here).

I am still going to be using Mentor Sentences in my room, so here is my new "board".


At this school we have to post Learning Targets (what the students will learn during and by the end of the lesson). I'm adjusting my thinking away from Essential Questions. The blue pages are laminated so I can wipe them off at the end of each day.


The teacher nook! I actually have my lesson plans done for next week (it helps that it's a short week).




My storage!

Labels I made for my cabinets (a place for everything and everything in it's place)


My new work completion/collection station. Again another Pinterest find! (can you tell I spent a lot of time on Pinterest this summer???) You can find the link here! The clothes pins are spray painted to match the subject sign. I used Sharpie to write the numbers on them. The "turn in buckets" I found at the $1 spot at Target!




My job "boards" (again cookie sheets). I didn't want to spray paint these because one of my colors is grey. I got the job names from, you guessed it Pinterest! I made the actual job cards and name "plates". As you can see from the close up the color name plates (nameless right now due to making sure I see/meet my students first) they fit right under the job title and description, and I put magnets on the back.  



My math center central. This is set up very similar to my old one. My board is a little bigger and I shrunk my Witzzle Pro board. Sorry didn't get a close up of those. I am also doing a number of the week. These two items will be part of one of the centers. To post what tub contains which lessons/games etc. I simply bought the clear picture frames that have a built in stand, put color paper in the frame, and hot glued a bow on it!


A Did You Know board. I'm going to put an interesting fact on it a week, and HOPE to write the fact then tape a QR code on the board that they can scan and it will link them to websites and such that would give them more info on the fact (this will be one of my reading center items). 


My reading center central..again very similar to last year's set up.


Writing center central...this is a little blah right now, but will be better soon!!!


My "famous" Walmart shelving! I'm loving the fabric backing on all my shelves this year. This is not exactly how they will look this year, but just for now. I'm waiting on my book boxes to get in, which will take up room. This year on the bottom right I have a little file/magazine tub. I have put a file folder in if, one for each kid in the group. This is where they will store worksheets they are still working on, instead of shoving them in their desks.

The front two groups are set up with four across the back and two facing each other. I am now at 24 students, for some reason the 5th grade this year has lost students this summer...my number kept dropping. There is just two of us teaching 5th this year!


My two back row groups had to be made a little different, to save room. My room is a little "squaty". I have no real back wall to use, and have groups come off of, and the furniture (storage) isn't movable so my arrangements are limited (this was set up number three I attempted this week!).


So there you have it...my NEW Oregon classroom! I can't wait to meet my kiddos on Tuesday for Registration/Orientation.

37 comments:

Tonya said...

I am beyond jealous! Your room is beautiful! I so know about the move! I made the huge move cross country myself this summer! Hope you have a great year!

Tonya
Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

Julie said...

Omg! You used something from my classroom! I am honored- you are internet famous! :)
Your classroom looks adorable! Welcome to the PNW :)
Julie
Light A Fire

WI Teach said...

It looks awesome! How on earth do you reach the shelves that are on top in your cupboards? They go so high up!

Kristen Dahlhofer said...

I just love your room...it's really beautiful. So classy and organized. Those desks are awesome! I've never seen such streamlined, modern-looking desks. Very impressive!

Kelly said...

Can you talk or direct me to more information about your Mentor Sentences?? I can't quite read the words!

Sydney Cohn said...

I love your room, as always! Do you mind sharing/emailing your mentor sentence files - it's what we were trained with in Gwinnett, right? Invitation to Notice, to revise, imitate, etc? I'd love to get a board up like that in my room. If you don't mind sharing I would be so appreciative. Thanks!
sydcohn@gmail.com

Dawn S. said...

I would love information on the Mentor Sentences! How does it work, what do the kids do, what sentences do you use, etc.

Thank you!

Your room looks wonderful! I'm trying a binder system for turning in homework, so far it's working wonderful...it's just finding the time to check it before recess since my specials and plan time are in the afternoon.

Anonymous said...

Which spray paint did you use for the pie pans? I sprayed several pans and after several days of drying, my magnet names were taking the paint off when I rearranged them.

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

I can't remember exactly which spray paint I used, but I do know that you have to have the pans that DO NOT have the non-stick coating. I always use Krylon and try to get the one that sticks to everything...not just plastic. I may also suggest sanding your pans down with sand paper if you do have the ones with coating...it may help the spray paint stick. Good Luck!

Layla Wiedrick Henry said...

You inspired me to buy book cases for each of my table groups!
Layla

Fancy Free in Fourth

Sara said...

I love following your blog and getting ideas for my 5th grade classroom! The pizza tins and job "magnet" boards look so clean and organized! What kind of walls do you have and what do you use to keep the aluminum from keeping the aluminum pizza pans and cookie sheets from falling off your walls? Thanks!
Sara

madhu said...

You have shared a very nice idea with us and the kids learning laptop is awesome.

Overachiever said...

Love your classroom as usual. Great job. Can you please share your number of the week printable? Thank you.

Alicia Pepe said...

What font did you use for your signs and labels? I love your room and color scheme!

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

I used my Cricut cartridge called birthday cakes.

Jenn Carter said...

Where did you get your bookshelves and benches? I love them!

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

The benches in the reading nook are built ins, the large shelving unit I used in my library was part of the classroom furniture. The small bookshelves in each group as well as in my reading/math/writing center were all bought at WalMart-Mainstay brand. Hope this helps!

Savannah Sims said...
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Savannah Sims said...

Will you share your job chart? I would love a copy?

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

I would love to...could you email me at dandelionsanddragonflies@gmail.com or leave your email address in the comments and I'll send it your way! Thanks for reading!

Savannah Sims said...

Thank you so much for sharing! Your classroom has inspired me to complete so many projects this summer! My email is Vannah1bean@gmail.com ����

Kaitlynn Meurrens said...

Thank you for Loy's of great inspiration for color theme and organization! I am using lots of ideas from your photos for my first classroom. I would love if you could share your job chart? If possible my email is kmeurrens@gmail.com.

Kaitlynn Meurrens said...

Lots*

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to read your blog and I am finding lots of useful information but the font is hard to read. Is there a way to change the font on my end?

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

I'm not sure how you can change it. I do notice that when I view my blog on my iPad some times the font is a cursive type font, and that is not the font I have chosen...but then if I simply sign in with a different gmail account the font changes. It's very strange. I'm sorry I don't have a better solution to offer.

teacher4 said...

Beautiful room! Can you tell me how you made your learning target pages? Type of paper, etc.
Thanks!

teacher4 said...

Beautiful room! Can you tell me how you made your learning target pages? Type of paper, etc.
Thanks!

FirefliesNDoodlebugs said...

What paint colors did you use in your classroom? They are very calming!
Thanks!

Alyse Jackson said...

What did you use to hang your picture frames to make sure they adhered to your board? I have a fabric background on my one bulletin board and definitely want to use that idea for my HW board!

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

Unfortunately, I used hot glue...was not pretty when I took them off...but command strips work really well too!

@FirefliesNDoodlebugs I didn't paint the room, it came that way :)

@teacher4 I simply used scrapbook paper 12x12 and laminated them.

Jennifer Bailey said...

How do you write on your Homework frames? Dry erase markers?

Jennifer Bailey said...

How do you write on your Homework frames? Dry erase markers?

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

Yep! I use dry erase markers, works great!!!

Elissa Miller said...

Where did you get that gray chevron rug?

Dale Dean said...

I absolutely love your room! I want to move right in. I am inspired by the group display and and the frames. I thought the learning targets were made from vinyl placemats. I think I will look for some vinyl ones for writing my learning targets. Thanks for sharing. Often times I see these gigantic rooms and think "no way". But you took an average room and made it homey.

Sarah said...

What font do you use for your headings? or how do you make all of your signs?

Unknown said...

I would really appreciate the information about mentor sentences also please if you don't mind. Thank you!! cherie.pizzuto@stpsb.org