On top of the sink I’ve hung up our Earth day projects. We had SOOOOO much fun making them with shaving cream and food coloring. You can read more about that here.
These are our character education kids . During the first week of school, I like to introduce each of the 8 traits we work on. We use books, discussions, and sometimes even role playing to learn about them. Then throughout the year as students earn badges for displaying these traits, they attach badges to their individual posters! At the end of the year they get to take them home :0)
On the back counter I have 4 colored baskets where students turn in completed work. We also have different bins which hold our ELA Task Cards, Writing Notebooks, Literature Circle Folders, and student book bins. On the windows I like to display student’s Social Studies work such as various booklets we completed while learning about the
Here you see our AR Slam Dunk board and our football themed Reading Plus board where we track how many sessions students complete every nine weeks. Students receive rewards for every 20 sessions completed. Students loved racing each other to see who would score a TOUCHDOWN first!
This is our computer center. I like to use a table skirt from Party City to cover up all those nasty cables underneath the table.
This is our SmartBoard and the Reading Dugout area. I like to hang Genre Reference Posters here. As I introduce a new genre, that poster gets added to the board. Students love hanging out here and reading a good book with their buddies!
This is our classroom library which is organized by genre. You can also see part of our white board which I have divided into different sections using magnetic borders which I can move around as needed. Underneath you can also see our Figurative Language Posters. This is where we record examples of alliterations, similes, metaphors, etc… on post its. You can download my headers for free here.
Here’s more of our white board. In this picture you can actually see the Accountable Talk (Collaborative Conversation) Posters that are above the board. We use Collaborative Conversations almost on a daily basis and these posters help guide students in the beginning stages. They were a blessing this past year!
This last picture is taken from the center of the room. You can see that I have my desks arranged in groups. Although I change the desk arrangements various times throughout the year. I try to keep them in groups in order to facilitate Collaborative Conversations. I love to have my students work in pairs or groups, and I’ve just found that small groups seem to work best.
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