Class Set Up

Really quickly—- just going to post some pictures of my new classroom.   Once my student work starts going up, I’ll spend more time explaining each part of the classroom.  I LOVE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT!

Students love when they can read at places other than their desks.

Reading Cave under the counter :)
Reading Cave under the counter 🙂
The couch is always a hit.
The couch is always a hit.

The Writing Wall — now complete with pictures of each student to accompany their work this year.

Writing wall with steps for each type of writing: summary
Writing wall with steps for each type of writing: summary
Writing Wall with "Please excuse the bare wall.  Our writing is under construction sign."  Thanks Pinterest.
Writing Wall with “Please excuse the bare wall. Our writing is under construction sign.” Thanks Pinterest.

The blue bags get filled with compliments.  Once each student has at least one compliment, the students are able to collect all the compliments on their way home.  The compliment coordinator keeps track of this.  New this year:  Book Recommendation Wall–we’ll see how this works out.

Raining Compliments!
Raining Compliments!
Book Recommendation Board complete!
Book Recommendation Board complete!

This is how I keep track of where my students are in writing.  As the students progress at different rates, they move their heads to the step they are on in the writing process.  Because we are just beginning summaries on Monday, all faces are in the prewriting stage.  (I used to keep track on paper, but this visual is soooo helpful!) Also pictured is the science challenge of the week.  I believe I bought it at Lakeshore and it’s a purchase I have never regretted.  My science monitor manages this for me.

Science challenge of the week and how I monitor student writing progress throughout the week.
Science challenge of the week and how I monitor student writing progress throughout the week.
Thanks Beth Newingham for theme posters.  Such good lessons for my read alouds all year.
Thanks Beth Newingham for theme posters. Such good lessons for my read alouds all year.
Multiplication Jail, Strain you Brain (weekly math challenge), and Unanswered Questions
Multiplication Jail, Strain you Brain (weekly math challenge), and Unanswered Questions
Birthday Bags up!
Birthday Bags up!

Multiplication Jail, Strain your Brain, and Unanswered Questions will be further discussed in a later post.

Happy School Year People!!!

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