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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Classroom Reveal ~ First Grade

Wow! We are over a week into school and I am totally exhausted!  This is a great group of kids and we have had a ton of fun this first week.  We've had a fun time getting back into the routine and we have pretty much hit the ground running!

Here is a tour of our classroom this year.  My theme was stars last year and I decided after all the money and energy I put into it last summer that I would keep it the same and just add to what I already had.  I just try to focus on having a room that is bright and homey... somewhere they kids want to be considering how much time they are there each day!
View from the door.
The flowers on the window blocks are going to be our dead words for the year.  The dead word is in the middle and the petals will have our interesting words.  As we find new words to use, I will write the words on the petals.

To the left is where I keep all of my "teacher" stuff.  All of my files, manuals, books, and materials are kept back here.   We don't really have traditional teacher desks in our primary building. Below is the word work station.  There are NWF word sorts, stamps, CVC and word family activities to start off the year.                                                                     

The writing center below has whole class writing journals and the little trashcan has writing prompts in it.  They kids just pull out a writing prompt from the little trashcan.  There is a cabinet behind this area that holds all sorts of writing paper, pre-made books, scrap paper and writing utensils.

The rug area below is where we gather.  I keep the Venn Diagram pocket chart hung up all year.  The student book boxes are in the window.  Once we get our rules down, they will all pick books in their level to keep in their boxes and their pictures will be on their boxes.

 This board is for our vocabulary we are working on this week.  Once we have studied it, it either moves to the word wall or the math vocabulary wall.

Our jobs board for this year.
Our classroom library... I have some rugs in the tub to the right that kids can take around the room to sit and read on.  The white shelf with Clifford on top is all organized by character (Clifford, Pigeon, Biscuit, etc.) the shelf to the left is organized by AR reading level.  I have other books that I don't let the kids get into because I want them kept where I can find them easily and I know they won't get torn up or accidentally taken home.

 The "BRAVO" board is right above the library/cubby area.  This is where we display work that deserves a BRAVO! 

Common Core Math Graphs for this Quarter

Transportation Clip Chart

Guided Reading & Math Area.  Materials are kept on the shelf behind the table.

Math Center... just a few materials to start off the year.

End of the Year Goals with star graphs and Daily Learning Objectives.
There are 22 kids in our class this year.  I saw this idea on Pinterest to out down the  student's numbers on the floor to mark where they line up.  Everyone has a personal spot, no fighting over "cutting", no standing on top of each other, no rushing to be first.  It has worked wonders this year!  I just took stars, wrote the numbers on them and put them down with packing tape.  I left a space for line leader and caboose and you can see the line actually turns to an l and goes the other way.  This has taken care of a lot of problems!
Listening Center... I keep the books with CD's/Tapes in the crate under the table.  I switch them around throughout the year and put them in file folders that match their Guided Reading group's color.  They know to pick out books that are in folders that match their groups color.  The folders on the table also match their group colors.  They have graphic organizers that can be used with any book and are on the level of that group.

Here is the lunch choice board.  You can click on the picture above and it will take you to Stephanie's lunch choice pictures which are seriously one of my favorite things ever.  We have 5 lunch choices this year and this has saved me a ton of time.  I just clip the pictures to the box and they put their sticks in whatever their choice for the day is.

I am excited about this year.  Thanks for checking out our room!  We are ready for a great year!



  1. I looooove the flowers! So beautiful through the windows like that- can't wait to steal it :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  2. Your classroom looks great! I love the flowers onthe windows (and am so jealous of your big windows!)

    Teach With Laughter

  3. Your room looks great! I agree with everyone- the flowers are super cute! :)


  4. i love the flowers! I put numbers on my floor too but your stars are way cuter than my squares

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