Saturday, August 25, 2012

Step Into My Classroom!

Angela painted this beautiful door sign for me a couple 
of years ago. I LOVE it!!

We post current vocabulary words outside our door so 
the Reading Coach, Principal, and other adults can use them when they visit our room. The kids go nuts when they hear them use one of their words!

Here's the view from the door.

 This is the Clip Chart Behavior System that I use. The students LOVE to move their clothespin up. They try to reach the top so they can be King or Queen of the Jungle!
Angela made the Tooth Fairy for me. I have zero artistic ability. The pocket contains big white teeth. When a student looses a tooth they get to put their name and the date on a tooth and tape it to the door. By the end of the year the door is covered with teeth!

 We have a restroom in our classroom, which is great!
 This is our class library with our Vocabulary Word Wall above it. I use Fancy Nancy to introduce vocabulary. Then we post our Ooh-la-la Words on the wall throughout the year, and put a shiny sticker on the word each time we use it.

 Here's our Interwrite board and class meeting area. I love my giraffe adirondack chair! It used to be in my daughter's room at home. The kids love to sit and read in it.

 Math manipulatives are stored in this bookcase. We are ready to graph our birthdays on the wall. The round table is used during Reading and Math stations.

This is a view of our computer area.

Decided to try a Tattle Notebook this year. After browsing around on Pinterest, here's what I came up with.

I used scrapbook paper to improve the look of my sterilite drawers (another Pinterest idea). Easy and Cheap!

Desks are ready!

I found these cool "Design Your Own" travel cups at Dollar Tree this summer! I inserted jungle design scrapbook paper inside and made a water cup for each student. They look great and the kids adore them! Hope I can find them next year, too.

Welcome bags for the first day of school!

I put animal crackers, a jungle bookmark, pencil, pen, and sucker inside. We use Safari Bucks as a reward in our class, so I also gave them their Safari Wallet in their bag. They will keep all their Safari Bucks in their wallet during the year. Each Friday they get a chance to spend their money on small prizes. They earn Safari bucks for outstanding behavior, A.R. points, helping the teacher, etc...

Nametags are ready! I made them with clipart from Scrappin' Doodles. The jungle print lanyards came from Oriental Trading. I put the students' lunch numbers on the back and they wear them to lunch for the first couple of days until they know their number.
Birthday Bucket!! Pixie Stick Birthday "balloons" are ready for each student's birthday gift. Thanks Pinterest and all you creative teachers out there for the idea!

Small Group Instruction Table 
(this is where the hard work happens!)

 Writing Station and Word Wall for Sight Words

Student Cubbies

 Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have the best year EvEr!!


Oceans of First Grade Fun said...

Okay....seriously I'm swooning over your classroom! You ladies are so talented! I'm loving the that hand painted??? Okay I'm going now to swoon some more and do some pinning of these wonderful pictures! Have a blessed and wonderful school year!

Kelley Smith said...

Thanks, Yolanda! No, it is not hand painted. All the classrooms on our wing have that floor. We aren't exactly crazy about it, though. It's hard to use certain colors with it. And it kind of makes you dizzy if you look at it too long! lol

Miss Nelson said...

Your classroom is awesome. I LOVE your polka dots. You should oome link up to my giveaway/linky

O FISH ally a First Grader (Corinna) said...

Your classroom looks great! I love the Design your Own Travel Cups from the Dollar Tree. I hope they have those next year too!


Janaye said...

Wow, thanks for the GRAND tour and all of the ideas!! Looks amazing!!!!!!!


afullclassroom said...

This classroom is amazing. I am moving into a new classroom this summer and searching for ideas. I found some patterns for classroom displays in black and white, but I worried that would not be enough color. YOUR pictures on this post have proven me wrong. Your classroom is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

blandis said...

Love your classroom! Where did you get your seat sacks/chair pockets?

Kelley Smith said...

Thanks so much! I have LOVED the black and white polka dots! The black and white is a great background for all the color the children bring into the classroom with their art work and the anchor charts we make together. My friend, Pam, made the seat sacks for me when her daughters were in my class a few years back. They are almost worn out so I just use them on my station chairs now. Wish I had enough new ones for the whole class but, sadly, she has run out of daughters!

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