We are ready for action! Finished my room today (or maybe it was tonight), and ready for the kids to start tomorrow! I hope we have a great year-lots of fun and learning planned! Here are the pictures of my room with short descriptions.
The picture on the left is the way we check out books from the classroom library. On the right are posters explaining what thick and thin questions are (and I love it when they can generate “thick” questions! 🙂
On the left are the drawers where I will keep lessons for things that we work on in small group. On the right is a picture of my reading table-you can see my desk behind it up against the wall. I have never had them situated like this-it saves a ton of room.
The picture on the left shows our “Fab Five” choices that we will do each week on a daily basis. (Otherwise known as The Daily 5). I also put up our Alabama Course of Study Standards that we are required to teach in 6th grade (with the pink border around it). On the right is our conference calendar where I will make appointments to meet with each child each week about their reading. This picture also has a Bloom’s Taxonomy chart-I will try to gear our lessons and questions based on this taxonomy of higher level thinking.
On the left is our whole class meeting area (of course I get to sit in one of these wonderfully comfortable chairs!!!). 🙂 Behind the chairs is our CAFE board. The red pocket chart will hold picture books that I will be using for mini-lessons and comprehension strategy think sheets that the students will be using with the books they read. On the right are my purple shelves that have “most” of the book bins that my kids will use to keep their books they are reading, reading notebooks, writing notebooks, and reading/writing binders. The green tubs on top have “easy” chapter books.
On the left: VOICES will be where we post our 6 trait writing mini lessons that are taught. Yellow and green trays will be where the kids turn in their Response to Reading notebooks. Pink, green, and blue mini-drawers hold our comprehension skill cards that we will work on during “Fab Five” each day. Green, blue, and red trays will hold our “fresh read” passages that the kids will practice reading each week for fluency and comprehension (with partners most of the time). White shelves have supplies that we use-stapler, tape, scissors, etc. Picture on right shows our “Behavior Boxes’ that we will hopefully NOT use often-discipline. On the bottom of the whiteboard is where I will write weekly objectives.
Picture on the left shows part of our classroom library(Love, love, love those green baskets). On the right are my crates that hold graded papers to go home each week and signed graded papers that have been returned.
On the left are picture books the kids will be able to read to meet their goal of 50 books this year. YES-50 books! 🙂 On the right is the rest of our classroom library. I LOVE TO READ!
Student computers-don’t get me started on this right now-they need a post of their own! 🙂 In other words, NOT REALLY WORKING RIGHT NOW!
On the left is our homeworkopoly board-kids can play on Friday if they have had their homework. 🙂 Picture on right shows our graffiti board where the kids can make book recommendations to each other and write favorite quotes. Data sheets will go inside the blue border-these will be compiled from our benchmark assessments each 6 weeks. Misc. stuff inside the pink border: absent student yellow folder, boxes to hold our seeds that we earn for whole class good behavior (20 seeds gets some kind of party!).
3 different views of my 20 x 22 small classroom. We will have 24 kids in one class and 25 in the other one. I have 2 rows of 12 with an extra desk at the end of one of the rows. Leaves more space around us. Maybe. 🙂
I am loving my room this year!
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