Here are some of the corners of my room. The top left picture shows my class library. I don’t have a lot of shelves to put the book baskets that I’ve used in the past so I had to just put the books directly onto the shelf. It’s difficult to see, but the spines of the books have different colored stickers to specify the genres and to help the students put the books back on the appropriate shelf. I also have some reading genre posters on the wall. I really liked how those turned out! You can also see my calendar with a paw print theme and my pencil sharpeners and stapler on the desk below it. The top right picture is of my centers rotation board. It’ll show how the students move through the five centers. Their names are on the small cards on the left and secured with a push pin so I can move them if needed throughout the year. The bottom picture shows how I take attendance and lunch count each day. At the end of each school day, the students will make sure their clothespin is on “Absent” and when they return the next day, they will show me what they are getting for lunch. Anyone left on “Absent” will be marked absent and I will count how many students are getting the main choice for lunch or the other option. The lunch menu and the meal tickets are nearby so the students have easy access to them. I made the clothespins with washi tape and mod podged over them before writing the students’ names on them.
This is my corner of the classroom. You can see my desk with a hanging file system for papers and a bulletin board for papers I need to easy access. Let me tell you, I’m so bad at keeping papers since I like everything digital. If I don’t post it right in front of my face, I’ll never find it. The bottom picture shows the bulletin boards with the reading strategy posters I made along with some parts of speech posters. The students actually use those a lot throughout the year since we do class mad libs if we ever have a few minutes before lunch. I don’t plan on having these boards like this all year. I’d like to eventually put student work there, but because open house is so early this year, I don’t want blank boards for the parents to see.
Here are some better pictures of the back and front of my room. My tall husband hung that place value chart for me without even needed to stand on anything. It would have taken me forever with standing on a chair and the table. In the front of the room, I’m kind of obsessed with my cursive handwriting posters. They fit perfectly and are large enough for the students to see.
So there you have it! My bright and organized classroom. It may not be as pretty as many, but it’ll work for a year!