I have finally gotten around to taking pictures of my classroom. It has been the busiest year. Seriously. Can I get an “Amen, sister?” I feel like a hamster on a wheel! My kids are super sweet this year, but I am on my toes at all times.
Anyhow, I took pictures. Of course I *forgot* to take pictures of a whole room set up. Whoops. I will try to do that this week. Yes, you read that right. I am *still* in school this week. We do not get out until Thursday. I am DYING, people. DYING.
I started taking pictures at the classroom door and made my way around the perimeter of the classroom from left to right.
This is the right by the classroom door. We have a small bookshelf with some center materials (which we haven’t even introduced this year!! Better get on that!). On top of the bookshelf is our paper sorter that we use for the Friday Folders we send home weekly for parents to sign and see flyers and student’s work. Directly in front of the door is a bookshelf with the back facing the door. I covered it in fabric and we use it as a bulletin board for our specials calendar, list of how students go home, and lunch menu.
On the side of the shelf is a schedule pocket chart. I made my own cards. They can be downloaded here
. On the bottom of the chart is our writing conference schedule, but it hasn’t worked that well this year. I think we are redoing our schedule in January so hopefully this will work better. On the very top of the shelf is the “4 S Line” poster I found on Pinterest
. I cannot take credit for the original idea. I made a printable version of the sign. You can download it here.
To the left of the door is our coat hooks for coats and book bags. On shelf is our white recess basket with outdoor toys for recess. We also have a white basket of tennis balls we use to bounce when we learn multiplication skip counting rhymes and a black try for newsletters and homework for the NEXT week. On the farthest corner against the tall cabinet is a HUGE stack of text books that are extra that is out of view! On the floor is a basket of pillows. We have four table groups. Each table group is assigned a day (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). When it is the student’s table day they can sit with a pillow and work. This groups is always first to be called and so on. They love it! We use Friday as a “make up ” day if we are out.
These two anchor charts are above the coat hooks. They are anchor charts we make in the beginning of the year about Writers Workshop procedures.
This set of cabinetry is the built in classroom storage that every classroom in my school has. Isn’t it amazing? I LOVE it! On the far cabinet are my standards. They are laminated and hole punched. They hang from binder rings on 3M hooks. They make it SUPER easy to flip to the new standards. Next to the standards is the book recommendation area. We are just starting to learn to do this now with our Response to Literature unit. There are small sticky clips for students to hang their recommendations to under the genre categories. Next is the adorable writing process signs I got from Teaching In Flip Flops!
This is the sink area. We have our microwave and the black stackers are for students to turn in their work.
Above the sink on the upper cabinets is our commentary boards. We make it easy (since most of our feedback is oral and in conferences) and select one piece of work per subject area and attach a sticky with commentary to it. I made the sticky notes on Vista Print this summer.
Next to the sink is my file cabinet o’ stuff. We just added our gumball machines to the cabinet a few days ago. These are the incentives for passing timed multiplication tests. Students earn a gumball stickers when they pass a test. I intend to blog about how this is organized because the kids are LOVING it!
Across from the file cabinet is a study carrel that is our “Quiet Place” for students to work when they need alone time. Sometimes they choose to work here, sometimes we tell them to work there. I am sure you know how this goes. 🙂 My easel backs up to the study carrel and we do many of our lessons here.
I have posted a gazillion pictures of this shelf. I am sorry for the repeat picture, but I wanted you to see where it is in the classroom. It is next to the easel and next to the shelves that make yup the classroom library.
Here is our classroom library. I have updated the organization somewhat. The white baskets are fiction, the blue baskets are a mix of fiction and nonfiction and the black baskets are nonfiction.
There are several anchor charts posted above the classroom library.
Next to the library is my teammates desk/ guided reading table. I didn’t take a picture of this because it was her stuff. And I felt weird about it. Next to her table is the math center shelf. In the drawers are math game. In the white baskets are manipulatives.
This is a close up of the math shelf. The drawers contains centers and activities based on our M.A.T.H. time rotation
. There are parts of this I liked this year and parts I will tweak for next year.
On top of the shelf is our small lost and found box. It was supposed to be for the small tiles used in the math activities but it became a catch all for small, lost items. It really does work. There are black stackers with math groups labeled on them. This is for their work during math time. We haven’t used it as much as we should. I am hoping we can get back to it because it helps us differentiate work in a more organized way.
This is one of my most favorite math anchor charts we make all year. It focuses on the four operations and what we know. We discuss how addition and subtraction are inverse relationships and how multiplication and division are also inverse. Then we discuss how multiplication and addition increase and subtraction and division decrease. We add to each operation as we learn about it. We had just learned about multiplication when I took this photo.
Next to the math center are the classroom computers. You can see my desk/ guided reading table to the right. On the brown bookshelf is the folder for independent work and math with a partner activities.
This is another part of our M.A.T.H. rotations. The independent folder is for the A- All by Myself and the Helping others with Math is the H in M.A.T.H.
This is my desk and guided reading area. I love having it all together!
The blue buckets on the right are all my guided reading texts. Each bucket is a different level. On top of this shelf is a cart of binders with guided reading lesson plans and assessments. The white basket on the VERY top are books I need to put away. Whoops!
In this view of my guided reading table you can see the rolling carts that contain all my guided reading “stuff” and my desk in the background. I put a shelf on the desk to store more by going “up,” rather than “out” along the walls. I really like it and can still reach everything I need. You can see my stackers for each day of the week where we store worksheets and materials and the brown regfrigeor that contains caffeine and keeps me a happy teacher.
Next to the brown refridgerattor is the black directors char that kids can sit in during Read to Self and that sometimes either I sit in or my co-teacher sit in while instructing whole group on the Promethean board. The brown shelf has all of our special, seasonal books. I store many of these books on the shelf on my desk on the very top shelf in the labeled white boxes. You can see it in the picture above. I wrote about it here.
Under the Promethehan board are two pocket charts. The red pocket chart contains all of our Essential Questions for the
month whenever we remember to change them week. The green pocket charts contains the picture vocabulary cards that come with our science series for the current unit and past units.
Under the board are the two quickly thrown together crate seats and the other side of the shelf that is across from the entry of the classroom. This shelf has all of our writing materials, whiteboards and clipboards. On top of the shelf you can see our birthday balloons in the yellow pot.The black create next to the shelf is the library return box.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my classroom!
I am hoping that this next week goes by quickly ! How many of you guys are still in school? Anyone?
Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.