Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Few Snapshots

My classroom is getting closer to being ready for the munchkins to arrive in a couple weeks. Here are a few of the things I've done. I've tried to make as much of my classroom coordinate as possible (a recommendation I found on Pinterest).
 I love this easy way to put up student writing.
 "Student of the Week" ~ This is a painted oil pan. Then I hot glued border around it.
 Had to redo my "Rate Your Writing" poster so that it matched. =)
 Love my new number cards with the tens frame visual.
 I added a matching border to my word wall posters.
 The number line and coin reference match.
 I'm excited about my new word wall and its location. It is under my Smartboard and whiteboard. I think it will stay organized and will be easy for the students to use. The background is felt and there is velcro on the back of all the words.
 "Crate Seats" another Pinterest challenge. I used vinyl so that they can be cleaned. The thought of 1st graders with "accidents" kind of grossed me out with regular fabric.
I'm in love with my table signs. I made the flowers to match my border, and the lanterns are so stinking cute.
The caddies on the table match the table color. 
 I'm starting Daily 5 for the first time this year. I'm hoping this system works out for me.
 I made these magnets with the student's names for them to mark their Daily 5 choice. I got the directions from Pinterest. Here's where you can find the directions.
 I tried to label everything with signs and tags.
It's been a lot of work, but I'm loving the results.

Something I Love

I know this has nothing to do with my classroom, but this is what was roaming around our house this morning.

My students love to listen to the stories about the bear and it does make for a good writing lesson, so I guess it it appropriate here. =)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Behavior Chart

After being inspired by Pinterest, and finding this at playground duty, I made this version to match my room and to try something new this year.
I've had several people ask for a copy of the behavior chart. Click on the picture above to download it.

I needed a note to use when students make it to the top as well as one to go home if they move to the bottom. This is what I came up with.
 Click on the image to download a copy

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Name Tags

I don't know about you, but I'm a bit tired of the store bought name tags after so many years. I decided to simplify my name tags, make them smaller and just include a number line, shapes and colors. I also wanted to make them match my classroom. =) Here's what I came up with.
Download it if you'd like.

Book Box Labels

My books are organized and ready for Daily 5. Here are the labels I made to help the books get returned to their correct place.
Click to Download a Copy

I've had several people ask for a blank copy of the Book Bin Labels, so I've made a download.
Click on the picture.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Coins and Number Line

I've been working on decorating and organizing my classroom. Here are the coin charts I made to put up as a reference.
Click on the image to download.

I also made a hundred number line to match my classroom.
It can be printed on legal size cardstock, laminated and cut in half.
Click on the image to grab your copy.