I have been loving all the pictures everyone has posted of their finished classrooms. Since my room is finally done, I have some pictures, too. Sadly, the flash in my camera is not working properly, so some of the pictures are a bit dark. I'll be buying a new camera tomorrow because I cannot live without a digital camera.
I am a writing teacher, so you'll see lots and lots
of writing visual aids. You can right click on each picture and open them in a new window. Then, click on the picture again and it will enlarge to show details.
This is a picture from my doorway.
This picture shows my writing process posters , 6 traits of good writing posters, and COPS poster. The ones I have in my store have the same content, but with different clip art and fonts.
I teach kindergarten, first grade, and second grade writing, so I have color coordinated everything. Red is kindergarten, yellow is first grade, and green is second grade. My students hand in their station work here and their writing notebooks are stored here, as well. Once school begins, they will decorate the covers of their notebooks.
My kindergartners keep their poetry and homework notebooks here, and my first and second graders have their writing folders here. First and second grade uses writing notebooks, but they keep their resources in a folder. I tried 3-ring binders and, although I liked that everything was in one place, I couldn't stand the ripped holes and having to put everyone's papers back in when they accidentally fell out.
I constantly remind my students to write the best sentences they can and this display is very helpful. I will be giving out star pencils, stickers, and erasers, every now and then, when I catch my students writing 5 star sentences.
My writing topics cards are a huge hit in my classroom. My students love to pick and choose the cards they want to write about and the display really stands out. The clip art is adorable and my students like to copy the images onto their own paper.
These pictures show my transition words display and where I'll be hanging my writer's workshop vocabulary words. I hang the vocabulary words as I introduce them to my students.
This is my parts of speech display. As the children come up with strong verbs and adjectives, as well as, common and proper nouns that they need help spelling, I'll write the words on cards and place them in the chart. I always start the year off with the names of their teachers and the name of the school already in the chart.
This is my meeting area. Showing right now is the poster I use for introducing Jack Hartman's song "Learning Letter Sounds." One child points to the letters as the rest of us sing the song. This song and the various activities that go with the above poster, are extremely helpful in teaching my students the letter sounds.
My agenda goes in the blue chart and I write my objective and essential question right below it. The red, yellow, and green pocket charts are for the grade level sight words.
I have 5 computers in my classroom. This picture also shows my character education posters. Character education is very important to me and I integrate it throughout my curriculum.
This is part of my writing station. My students love writing with a writing buddy and using the large dry erase board. During free choice, they often play teacher-students and it's such a joy to watch them. The table above has all kinds of resources for the children to use while they are writing. Task cards, monthly and seasonal word cards, picture prompts, writing utensils, message books, and much, much more.
This display shows my types of leads posters, first grade writing scale, and story questions posters. I refer to these displays every single day.
This display has always been an integral part of my writing classroom and when DJ Inkers started offering commercial licences, I jumped on the bandwagon, bought the license, and re-created my writing menu. (Sorry about the bright light covering the poster that says Book. As I stated above, my camera is not working properly.) My students love to choose an item from the menu to work on during station time or when they are done with a different station. There's always something fun to create!
These are my students' mailboxes. I typed out their names, laminated them, and taped them to the 2-inch binder clips. The bottom of my mailbox unit holds some fun activities the children can do when they have completed their station work. My kindergarten and first grade writing forms are in there, as well as, word search templates, mystery word activities, etc.
This is my mailbox system with color coded baskets.
And my rainbow colored drawers that hold all my office supplies. I must remember to label that blue drawer!
This picture is of my clip chart and 5 star behavior board. Everyone who ends the day on green or above gets a star. Anyone who ends up off the chart (past outstanding) gets 2 stars. Once they have earned 5 stars, they can choose a treasure from the treasure box.
Well, that's it, folks! My classroom is all ready for my 58 students to arrive on Monday. Many of whom are named Isabella! LOL! And, no, I don't teach all 58 at once! Yikes!
I hope you enjoyed my pictures and I look forward to seeing all of your classrooms, too.
I am going to link up with a few of you who are having classroom picture linky parties. Click on the images so you can link up, too!