Sunday, September 30, 2012

More Classroom Pictures

Oh my word, it is seriously taking me so long this year to get the hang of things. Is anyone else having this problem? Hopefully everything will turn around soon!

Here are a few more pictures from my classroom...
Reading Corner
 Computer Area
 Work on Writing Area (The writing tri-fold was purchased from A Cupcake for the Teacher. This is an awesome resource! My kiddos seriously use it everyday during Work on Writing.)
 My desk and a glimpse of my Smartboard (I got the idea for the Bravo Board from Cara Carroll over at The First Grade Parade. I use it to award table points.)
 Class Meeting Area
 Math and Literacy Stations
 Close up of my Math and Literacy Station organization
 Pinterest inspired clocks! Love! No more "When do we do this?"
 View of my Word Wall (Popcorn words and boxes from The Teacher Wife. This is the first year my kiddos actually use the Word Wall as a resource!)
There you are folks... my home sweet home away from home! I hope to be back soon with an addition strategy freebie, but now off to get ready to watch the Falcons game! Rise up!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Classroom Pictures Part 1

I wanted to share a few picture of my classroom. I decided to do it in a couple of parts so that the post wasn't too long. Here we go....
small group meeting area
doorway and student cubbies
I use the hundreds chart as a way to reward whole class behavior. We draw numbers for compliments and one student turns over the number drawn on our hundreds chart. They are working towards getting a whole row of numbers! The green, yellow, and red pocket chart is my individual behavior management system. Students start off on green and move to yellow or red depending on their choices for the day.
bulletin board (Love, love my pinterest inspired border made from butcher paper!) I hung chart paper from book rings for each subject. It makes it so easy to display concepts that we are currently learning!
 I have five student tables. Each table has a bookcase along the back wall that holds ALL their journals, book baggies, workbooks, etc... One of the popcorn buckets on the top holds extra supplies. The other popcorn bucket is for their snacks. The Banker's Boxes hold incomplete work and spelling folders. Math vocabulary is placed next to the math chart paper.
This is how I organize and manage Daily Five. Each Daily Five rotation has a little bucket that is hung from the side of a cabinet. I place little "tickets" in each bucket for kids to place in the red pocket chart next to their number to show what Daily Five rotation they have chosen for the day. I got my Daily Five signs from Ladybug's Teacher Files. She is awesome!
Lastly, we made a edible map of Georgia today to wrap up our learning of Georgia's rivers and regions. My kiddos had a blast, but boy were they on a sugar high!! Here is the picture of the map I made as a model.
The blue gel icing represent the rivers we have studied. The M&Ms represent the Piedmont region. The chocolate chips represent the Appalachian Plateau, Valley and Ridge, and Blue Ridge Mountain Region. You can't really tell from this picture, but there is green coconut over the Coastal Plains.

I'll be back soon with more pictures. Sorry for the picture quality; my camera is not cooperating with me at the moment. 

TGI almost F y'all!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hallway Display and a Freebie!

This year my classroom theme is Circus/Carnival. Think lots of red, white, yellow, popcorn, and stripes! I'm not crazy about clowns, but I do have a few here and there. You know all things circusy! Yep, I know, circusy isn't a word! :) 

I wanted to share my student work hallway display. I found the pennants at Target in the party supply aisle. I bought two so that it would be long enough to hang above my entire hallway display. I then took foam sheets, legal size, and taped them to the wall alternating between red and white so that it would look like a circus tent. The longer red and white pieces on both sides of the foam sheets are long strips of butcher paper that I cut to make the size I wanted. Student work is hung by clothes pins that I hot glued to the foam sheets.

and... A close up

The small popcorn piece accents are from the teacher supply store (here it's called The Schoolbox). This little craft we made is from Abby over at The Inspired Apple. I just love her! It's part of her Super in Second unit. Totally adorabs! I'm so excited to be in primary this year so that I can incorporate some of her fabulous ideas into my classroom!

Now for the freebie. My kiddos have been studying place value. More specifically, ways to write a number. I made this kite to use as a quick assessment. This is TOTALLY not my idea. One of my sweet teamies gave me hers, but I changed it up a little to suit my needs. I completely forgot to take the pics of my kids work. Darn! Anyways, I hope y'all can use it!

Click here to download from Google Docs.

Happy almost hump day friends! I'll be back soon with more classroom pictures. I'm finally starting to get my groove back. SLOWLY, but surely!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day and happy long weekend friends! These past three weeks of school have just flown by. I can't believe I'm approaching a whole month with my sweet second graders! I've been busy creating lessons to implement the Common Core into my classroom. Thank goodness for all of the wonderful resources available on Teachers Pay Teachers, Teachers Notebook, and on all the amazing teacher blogs out there. Without the help from my teamies and my teacher blogger friends, I would not of been able to make it through these past three weeks.

I wanted to share with y'all that I finally created a shop on Teachers Pay Teachers. I have posted a button on the side of my blog that links to my little shop. I have also created a new mini unit that I'm in love with! I couldn't wait to share it!
Click here to link to my Teachers Pay Teachers shop! This mini unit includes many reading response activities for A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead (I love, love that book!!), narrative writing prompts, and a "ick"/"uck" word family sort. I'm using it during our Fudge-a-mania by Judy Blume novel study and narrative writing unit.

Next week I will upload pictures of my classroom. I think I just about have everything where I want it! I hope! Who am I kidding, I'm never completely satisfied with ANYTHING! Stay tuned!