My Classroom (In Progress)

This week, I was able to get back into my classroom to start setting it up! I have a new classroom this year, so the set-up that I have been doing for 2 years had to change. Even when I taught kindergarten, my room layout was similar to my old 4th grade room, so the set-up was very similar. It was fun to have a totally different layout and take a chance on something different. I could not have come up with some of the layout without my amazing teammates to bounce ideas off of.

My room is absolutely not finished, but I am happy enough to be able to post some pictures. Keep in mind that I was working on this classroom on a Virginia summer day with no air conditioning. It was a little lot warm. You will also see some piles that still need organizing and projects that are unfinished. As I was taking pictures, I moved the larger piles to behind the camera, so they would remain hidden.

Welcome to the land of Peanuts and Polka-dots!

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This is my student area, where kiddos can access Children’s Engineering and school  supplies. You will see some details in other pictures.

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These are my community supply bins. They hold pencils, crayons, checking pens, colored pencils, magnets, markers, glue sticks, scissors, glue bottles, writing paper, math paper (grid paper), and watercolors.

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Here’s a look at some grammar information and the community supply bins:

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Here are some tools that I allow my students to use for projects, especially Children’s Engineering. I have more supplies that I have ordered, so this will have more by the start of school. The three horizontal slots will hold construction paper scraps throughout the year. Students can use those scraps at any time.

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I love how this corner turned out. Thanks to Kohl’s, I have been able to get some adorable picture book character stuffed animals. I have accumulated a great collection of Peanuts characters from friends, family, and students. These are only a fraction of my collection.

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This is my electronic pencil sharpener and the “Sharpen Me” bucket. Students are only able to sharpen pencils at the beginning and the end of the day. If they need more pencils, they can go at any time to the community pencil bin. My students are usually disappointed to find out that I do not allow them to have a hand-held pencil sharpener at their desk. As cute as some of these sharpeners can be, it is inevitable that they fall, break apart, and spread pencil shreds on the floor.

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I have been collecting my novel study books with the help of other teacher friends and bonus points from Scholastic. I think I have 30 different books of various levels. When a reading group starts a novel study, I give them about 3 different book options, and the group picks their own book to read.

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I have two boards in my classroom: a dry erase whiteboard and a blackboard. Like most teachers, I would much prefer to use a whiteboard. This means that, even though my chalkboard is the bigger of the two, I oriented my room so that the whiteboard was in the front. I can use my chalkboard for other tasks, such as my calendar, homework, biker/walker sign, and Word of the Day.

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This is a closeup of my walker/biker signs. Of course they have Snoopy on them!

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My Word of the Day program is something that I borrowed from an amazing teacher at out school. It really helps as I get my students ready for our Writing Predictor test in March. Students hear the WoD in a sentence, and they have to guess what it means. Once they understand the definition and use of it, students go home and share it with their parents. Then, they are in charge of looking for it in their books, TV, radio, or in everyday conversation. They write down the sentence that they heard and bring it in to share with the class. Once a sentence has been shared (in correct context) 10 times, the word is retired and placed on our retired word wall.

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I used to have many more jobs than these. Now, these two are all that I really need. I have Snoopy tags that each student’s name, and I rotate through them each week.

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Fourth graders make the best helpers! These are the jobs that I developed for the end of the day for students to help me.

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Because I only have one window in my room this year, I have a large open space. After pinning many different anchor charts on Pinterest this summer, I decided it would be nice to have an entire wall dedicated to this. It will grow as I make charts with my class.

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This is my small group corner with my anchor chart wall, Investigation Station, and small group table.

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These are my math manipulatives. I have many, many more, but they are currently in my garage. I brought them home to help to tutor students over the summer.

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A close-up of some manipulatives:

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I have always been very proud of my classroom library. We have an outstanding school library, but I love children’s books. Once I realized I wanted to be a teacher, I started collecting picture books and novels. One summer, I did an inventory of all of my books, so that I would stop buying duplicates. You do not want to know how many I have. I have arranged my books by genre, and I feel like this has helped to make my library successful. My kids love to go “shop” and get recommendations from other students.

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Students can return or renew books for our school library here. This will save them a trip to the library if it is just to return a book and not to check another one out.

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This is where students can pick up a clipboard to work around the room or check out a classroom library book.

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My information books used to be on my Investigation Station. This year, I am putting them with my library books so that they can be checked out along with the novels. I have many books that go with each of our VA Studies and science units.

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I made/bought these “whisper phones” when I taught kindergarten, but they are fantastic for fluency stations for 4th graders as well!

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Here’s the pillow that I made! It will be very nice to use when I work on Word Study on the floor with my kiddos.

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Here’s a view of the whole library. I still have some cleaning up to do.

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This is the cubby area in the back of the room.

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This is my Choices Board, just missing the clothespins for each student. Everyone starts each day on “Ready to Learn,” and they can go up or down, depending on their actions. I love that the “Teacher’s Choice” gives me the option to choose an appropriate consequence. This makes it very specific to the child and their behavior. Sometimes, all a student needs is a chit-chat with me in the hall while another child may need a silent lunch. This gives that flexibility. If a student ends a day on “Outstanding Choices,” they get a polka dot on their clip. If they get 5 polka dots, they get a reward.

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Here are the cubbies, all ready for students to arrive at Open House!

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This is my desk. It is the cleanest you will ever see it!

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These are some of the piles to clean up!

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This is where students turn in their work.

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Here are some games for rainy days.

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I still love my bathroom passes! Students sign out to go the bathroom and put the pass on their desk. When they return, they will get a squirt of hand sanitizer before signing back in.

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While the door is not complete, it gives you an idea of it.

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My sink and cabinet organization:

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Each table group has a Snoopy doghouse number and a character. This is the Lucy table.

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With that, you have seen my classroom! What do you think?

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