Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Classroom Decorations

My room has been and still is a work in progress. I wanted to post a few pictures of how it looks so far. I got a lot of good ideas from pinterest, other bloggers, and just my own creativity and personal style.  I favor clean lines and bold graphics and so far I think it is coming together nicely.

I didn't want a theme but my color scheme is gray/yellow/black/white.  I hang up their published pieces that they shared with the class from each unit of study.  It is like having a hanging portfolio.  It makes it convenient when the writing coach comes for a visit or the principal does a walk through.  I plan to add the names of the units of study along the top.  the writers workshop pocket chart on the left of the board came from the teacher store.
Floor numbers have been my saving grace this year!  It has totally eliminated the pushing and shoving and personal space issues.  I will definitely be doing this every year.  Probably one of the best pinterest ideas for primary teachers EVER!  I used contact paper to secure the numbers to the floor.
I have a science word wall and I love it!  I don't teach math this year because my class goes to a different teacher for that but I might still put up a math word wall when I buy another yellow pocket chart.  My bucket seats are not finished but the students don't seem to mind.
I got the paint chip idea for the color word board from pinterest.

I cut placemats and taped them to the bottom window on black paper.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Here is an apple glyph that we did and a fun ten apples on top project.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Election Day

We did a lot of voting and mock elections with units from Cara Carroll and Jessica Purtell. I also did a quick voting activity involving snacks (freebie) from Rachelle Rosenblit.  My students were following the presidential election and they drew a picture of the winner.  The "and the winner is" sheet in the pictures below are from Jessica's unit.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thanks Donors Choose!

Our much needed rug was funded by Donors Choose!!!  I am so grateful and excited.  My students were literally screaming and clapping as they saw the custodians carrying the rug down the hallway.  I can't wait to start using it tomorrow.  Below are a couple pictures of the rug.  Please disregard my unlabeled but finally sorted yellow library baskets LOL!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Getting Ready For A Sub

Does it take you a long time to get ready for a substitute teacher?  If so I have a new product on TpT that might help you!  Print my substitute teacher cover on bright paper and staple it to emergency work packets.  Always have work on hand for those unexpected days off.

I created this cover sheet because when I have to take off, the substitute teacher would not check the students work or the work wasn't done to the same standard as when I am there.  I was getting parents asking me questions when I returned.  I found myself writing lots of notes explaining that I was out and the students had a substitute teacher.  To save myself from writing the same note over and over again I created this cover sheet to go on my substitute work packets.  I have no longer received questions about the quality of work that was done when I was gone because the parents already knew I was out.

It also solved the problem of the substitute teachers not marking how their day was in their agenda.  It's a win win for me and the parents really like the cover sheet.  Get your copy here for only $1.00!

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