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!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Time for a SALE!!!

 Now's the time to stock up on all your holiday and thematic glyphs and writing projects for the coming school year! Our products are also on sale on Teacher's Notebook for 20% off through Monday. Take a look at some of the new glyphs we've add this summer! Click on the sale announcement above to go straight to our TpT shop.

AND don't forget to download your Back to School Freebie!
Click on the photo to go straight to it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

She's Just Right!

Goldilocks, that is! We've recently added Goldie and Baby Bear to our collection of Glyphs. They are "just right" if you are studying Fairy Tales and Folk Tales. The girls can make Goldilocks and the boys can make the bear.

 For more ideas on using Goldilocks and the Three Bears check out Angela's post here. She always comes up with the most darling ideas. Whenever our creativity dries up at my school, we simply email Angela. She was our Reading Coach at one time and transformed our school into a Reading Fairyland! (She won't like that I'm praising her but it can't be helped!!) 

Anyway, there's all kinds of fun things you can do with this classic story and the glyphs make a fantastic display. Click on the photos to find Goldie on our TpT store!