Hi party people! What’s your countdown number at for school? Right now we are T-minus 8 days until students will be smiling in their seats!
There’s a lot to get done between then and now, but FIRST…..
Did you notice the name domain name? I changed from mtasch.edublogs to firstgradeadventure.com! I made the jump and purchased this domain to go along with the name of the blog. I’m really excited about it and think it will be easier for people/families to search when they are looking for the blog. I hope you all love it! I know I do 🙂
On to school things… I decided I wanted to spruce up my room this year. I was walking around the dollar store and found the best gold glitter tape. I loved and it immediately began thinking of ways to use it in my class. I had seen on Pinterest where teachers use two different borders next to each other and it makes a really cool look. I thought I’d use this gold tape in the same type of way.
At the next store- Target (agh, where you go in for a card and leave with $50+ of school things), I found rolls of brown wrapping paper on clearance marked down to $0.45. Really? Sign me up! You know I walked out of there with every single one, getting an armful for only four dollars. Which, totally matched my gold tape AND could be used for all of my bulletin boards.
The above picture is how I did all of my boards. I started with the brown paper, then taped on the gold glitter tape, and finally put the border on last. I think it gives the board a little something extra, a fun pop that makes the room fun.
Here is a picture of that same board. The above is my writing wall, where students are reminded of our 5 writing goals. (Remember those WRITE letters from the last blog post? They turned out cute, right?)
Below that is my calendar wall… well most of it anyways. Those are the basic things we review each morning- the calendar, how many days we’re been in school, the idiom of the week, and our city, state, and country. Along the wall to the right is more that just doesn’t fit, which includes our weekly sight words, our days of the week songs, and month poem.
Here is a more full out room view. You can see the writing and calendar wall, along with our gathering rug. The cabinets on the right show my new word wall. Before, I used the white board along the whole wall (behind the picture), but I kept thinking it was such a waste of that board. And since every inch of wall space is like treasure, I decided to move my word wall.
Another teacher in my school did this last year- putting the words on fabric strips on the cabinets. Using mini clothespins, she clips them on.
Here’s a more close up look at the idea that I
totally stole I borrowed…
What else would I use except the gold!? But don’t get confused between this gold and the one on the boards. I could have used the gold glitter tape from the dollar store, but that didn’t work for one big reason- I ran out. 🙁
And, after visiting five, yes FIVE other stores, and not finding ANY more, I knew I needed something else. (Are all the other teachers running out and buying up all of this tape too!?) 🙂
So I went to Michaels- which is convenient with the teacher’s discount!- and got that gold ribbon that you see. I taped it on the inside of each cabinet, top and bottom. Then, I clipped on the letters to the tops of each ribbon. I got the mini clothespins from Michael’s too.
That’s a better look. I love it and think it will be a great way to display the words. Plus, it opened up my entire white board for this…
Using the same materials as before- brown wrapping paper, board, but sadly no gold glitter tape (see the sad truth about running out of it above) – I made this board into 3 distinct areas.
Since I will be a 1:1 classroom next year (every student in my room with have an ipad-ah!), I knew I would need expectations posted. I got these posters as part of a pack on TpT and I think they’ll be great visual reminders of how we’ll use them in the room.
The other side of the board has our Daily 5 posters. When I introduce each part, I still make a T-chart with my students, but have found these smaller charts great for the rest of the year. They are small, easy to read, and remind the students of their choices.
Math and science
And in the middle of the board are my math and science boards.
About half way through the year last year, I made a smaller version of this in my room. I loved it and knew I wanted it to be more “official” looking this year. Using magnetic boarder, I sectioned it all off and just printed off the headings on fun paper. Even though I posted objectives for both of these on my board, I like the have these expanded versions so the kiddlets really get to see the big idea of the unit, the essential question we’re working on, and the vocabulary that goes along.
Speaking of the objectives…
Here is my new objectives space. Again using magnetic boarder, I sectioned off my lessons. I write the objectives in before school and it’s so much better than doing it as you switch between lessons. To make sure the kiddos know what we’re on and focus on the objective for that lesson, I move a big pencil magnet down as we go. That allows the kids to see what objective we’re on and also helps us close and reflect on the lesson before we move on. (P.S. HI Pete!)
Remember those writing examples? There they are on the writing wall! Below that is our writing goals poster, where I plan on having the students write their names on post-its and place it by the writing goal they are working on. I love that idea because they can move their post-it as their writing goals change!
Another project I made was this partners poster. I just printed out the boxes and glued them onto a poster. I got it laminated so that I can write on it with a dry erase marker. I loved this idea as soon as I saw it on Pinterest. I can pre-plan partners, or even keep partners posted per week, month, or quarter. And as an added bonus, there is no more “forgetting” who your partner was for the project we started yesterday or who you’ve been doing your writing with. Not that my kids would ever do that. 🙂
Here is my MAPS wall and expectations. MAPS stands for Materials, Attitude, Placement, and Speaking voice. I have laminated cards for each section and it really helps the kids know the expectations. The other side is our classroom rules and behavior policy.
Is that enough for now? I think so 🙂
I hope you enjoyed seeing how my classroom is coming together. There is still a lot left to do and a lot left to show, so make sure to come back and check it out! I always like seeing other teacher’s room for more ideas of how I can set up my class, so I hope some of these ideas inspire you too! Let me know what you think. How is your classroom coming along?