Thursday, August 21, 2014

Classroom Reveal! Lots of Pictures!

I love decorating my classroom each year! I am excited to share my new sports themed classroom with you!

Most of the printables that you will see in my classroom come from my Sports Theme Classroom 2 kit.


My theme starts in the hallway.


This fun basketball court includes basketballs for each of my students and my PM partner's students. My husband came up with the brilliant idea to use a white out runner to make the lines on the court. It makes them bolder than if we had used paint.




This is a view of my room right when you walk in...


I think it looks clean and coordinated.

Directly to the left are our student cubbies.


Since another class comes uses the room in the afternoon, students can't keep folders and supplies in their desks. Instead, they keep their supplies in these cubbies. At the end of the day they take their cubby of their desk and put their PM partner's cubby in the desk.


As you walk farther in to the room, you come to our small group table. We meet with reading, math and writing groups at this back table. Behind the table is where we keep the supplies we need for these small groups including tubs with book club books, math manipulatives, white boards and writing supplies. They are stored on this awesome shelf from Ikea.

I also LOVE the alphabet! It is from Schoolgirl Style.





The stools under the table are also from Ikea. I LOVE them! They are small and easy to stack and store under the table. They take less room than traditional chairs.

Just past the small group area, is our reading bulletin board and our book boxes. The boxes are super cheap at Ikea. A five pack is only $2.50!








The soccer goal was made with a pool noodle and some netting. The background paper is a fadeless paper that I found at a small local teaching store. It can be found on Amazon, but it costs a small fortune on there! I paid $7-$8 for a roll.

I am pretty much in love with the big book posters!!! I just made them in PowerPoint and then took them to Staples and had them print as a large poster. The print only cost $3.50! Now we can keep track of the chapter book read alouds that we complete as a class. And after only 3 1/2 weeks- I am proud to say we have already finished two books and started a third!

On the next wall, we have our writing board and the classroom library.


I adore my new bookshelf from Ikea. Lots of space! Perfect since I have bit of a book addiction.


Isn't that bat adorable?! Click HERE to read all about that project!

We spent quite a bit of time this summer leveling our books (inside the covers) and organizing them by interest to make it easy for students to select books they will enjoy. I made some simple labels for the boxes.


Right next to the classroom library, I keep my language centers and then tubs filled with language  games and activities that I will pull out when we are working on a particular unit.



The centers that my students do everyday are stored in pencil pouches in a basket on top of the shelf.


The next thing on the wall is my computer table/volunteer table. On the wall, we put science and social studies related projects that the kids complete. Right now, we are studying the ocean and ocean animals, so we have some fun seahorses.





The volunteer area has cups hanging on the wall that house pens, pencils, markers and other supplies that they might need. Also, we have magnetic pockets on the side of our filing cabinets where we can put lists for them or papers to copied or graded. It is a small space, but our fabulous volunteers are making it work perfectly! Can you believe that I have two volunteers each day!

Right next to the volunteers, we each have our own filing cabinet. I decked mine out using editable labels from my Sports Theme 2 kit and some washi tape.



Right above our filing cabinets is our job display. I bought it at a local teaching store. I used to make different jobs for each of my students. Each week, I would forget to switch them and spend too much time explaining all the jobs. Now, I just have two helpers per day. They do everything I need- take attendance to the office, take out trash, etc.


Each student has a baseball with his or her number on it. I split them into two stacks on hung them with command hooks. Each morning after taking attendance, I just flip the baseballs to figure out who my helpers will be.

I like the simplicity of the system. It allows everyone to be a helper every 2-3 weeks.

When you turn the corner, you will find my backpack area which I named the Locker Room. My husband made it for me and you can read more about that project HERE.



As you turn the corner, you will find our rules and clip charts. They come from my Sports Theme 2 kit as well. We are using four out of five of the whole brain teaching rules.


We have to have two clip charts because we allow our students to get a jewel when they clip up. Therefore, they can't share clips with their PM partner with the same number. I went a little crazy this summer and made some cool clips for our charts! I spray painted them white and I used red Sharpie to make the baseball laces on each clip.


Below the the clips, we have our penalty binder that holds student behavior reflection forms. Just in case...

This brings us to the of font of our classroom. We have a smart board. Under the smart board, we installed some rain gutter to make a book shelf for our science and social studies books. I just put out the books that match the unit we are currently working on.


I also have my fun baseball stool up there. I just took a wood stool from Wal-Mart and spray painted it white on top with red legs. We then used some red paint to make the laces.

Right beside the smart board is our math board. I love that it is front and center and tells students that math is just as important in our room as reading is.



Under the board, we keep drawers that hold teacher supplies for the various math units that we teach. I can't believe I still have drawers that are not labeled! So not like me!


I worked really hard to make my math board interactive and meaningful for my students. My favorite part is the vocabulary display. You can read all about that project HERE.



I also made a number line. I just used some electrical tape. Now we can add the numbers using sticky notes. This will come in very handy during our fractions using!



Next to the math board is our drink pockets. It is really just a hanging shoe organizer. I put numbers on each pocket to keep students organized and water bottles off of the desks.


The last side of my room is covered in counter top, cabinets and shelving.


On the bottom shelves, we keep math games and manipulatives that we want kids to have access to. They are all labeled to make it easy for students to find what they need during math workshop time.




On top of the counter, we have our daily drawers to keep materials we need, our office supply toolbox (you read about that project HERE) and our Chromebook case.




On the shelved above the counter, we have some teacher books, special read aloud books AND my task cards!!! You can read about how I store task cards HERE.



Above the cabinets, I have huge black tubs that store all of our extra supplies. I go these labels from my Sports Theme Kit 2 as well.



The last thing in my room is this huge cabinet. We primarily use it for student supplies, art supplies and paper.


I keep things pretty organized.

That's our classroom! We absolutely LOVE it and have many compliments from students, parents and coworkers. It is a fun, organized classroom that has a theme that isn't too distracting. I hope you enjoyed the tour!


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