Thursday, June 20, 2013

Throwback Thursday

Yikes y'all, it has been a hot minute since I've blogged! My poor little blog needs some love! What better way to get back into the swing of things than to link up with one of my FAVORITE blogs The First Grade Parade!

In case you didn't know, before I moved into second grade I was teaching special education in grades 3-5. So, I decided to link up with pictures from this year of my second grade classroom since it was my first year teaching gen. ed. I love looking back at these pictures because I can already think of a million things that I want to change next year! Teaching is a learning experience right?!

Originally posted on 9/20/12

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!


  1. I think your room looked beautiful! Love the map activity too!

  2. Love your room & that map activity is so cute. I'm a fellow GA blogger, and I'm impressed with that edible map! wow! :) So happy to have found your blog & be your newest follower!

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