August 26, 2012

Classroom Reveal 2012-2013

First, I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to Corrina from Mrs. Allen's Fifth Grade Files for guest blogging for me on Friday.  If you missed her post, click here to read about a fabulous new app.  Then, go check out her blog for even more wonderful posts.  She's also having a Teacher Survival Kit linky party.  Um... FUN!! Thanks for being here Corrina!

Next up...the big room reveal.  It started with a couple cans of paint and now it is ready to be viewed. And thank goodness because....

School starts tomorrow! And, I'm as giddy as a first year teacher.

My classroom is ready.  My  plans are....well, almost ready. And I'm ready and eager to begin a new year with new kiddos.

Meet the Teacher night was last Thursday and I had so many kids show up to say hello and drop off supplies.  I have some really great kids this year.  AND I have some super high readers!!  I'm really excited about this because (as many of you know) I LOVE books and I LOVE reading, so I LOVE having students that share my passion.  So excited!!

So, without further ado...welcome to my classroom.

 Remember? No door and fake walls.

Not much in my room is magnetic, but my file cabinet is. So... I turned it sideways, put up some butcher paper and border and made a check-in board. Sorry for the blurry pic.

Most of the kids at my school order hot tray, but I do need a small space for a few kids to put their lunch box.  I got this laundry basket at Target for $4 and it works perfectly.

 This is the front of the classroom. 

Left Side: 
Clip Chart is from Teach-A-Roo. I reorganized the colors to fit my class/school behavior system.

Right Side:  
The problem solving pencil I love.  Click here to read my blog post all about it. I was inspired by Oh' Boy Fourth Grade

The classroom bingo board (black and white calendar looking thing) is all ready to go. This was a huge hit with my class last year.  Click here to read about how that works.  (It is one of my more popular posts.)

 Also, you can download the super cute owl WBT posters from TPT here. Sorry I don't have a better photograph.  Everything was coming out blurry on my iPhone.

Oh, yes, and that rad calendar that comes with stickers and is super easy to use comes from Really Good Stuff.

This is my teacher area.  See how clean and organized it is?  Let's hope this lasts.

Oh bookshelf. The bottom shelf houses some of my favorite read alouds for lessons.  The middle shelf is resources. The top shelf is read alouds and other odds and ends. This year I took home a lot of my professional pedagogy books. I love Mosaic of Thought, but I typically don't pull it off the shelf for some light reading and lesson planning through the year.  Thus, those have been moved to my home office where I can access them and bring them to school as needed.

My guided reading corner.'s still so clean. My word wall is ready to go. Black and white letters are from Technology Rocks. Seriously. This year it will be a content word wall, meaning I am going to focus more on academic vocabulary words and less on those high-frequency words that they have had for years and years. 

This is for book recommendations.  The idea comes from the amazing Beth Newingham. I still need to print out the book recommendation forms, but then kids can just slip them into the pocket chart.

Here is part of my classroom library (i.e. chapter books).  I still need to print off a few more book bin labels to get everything cleaned up and ready to go 100%. The basket on the far right is for book returns.  I have found it is much easier to train one person at a time.  The class puts books in the bin and my librarian "shelves" them accordingly.  This keeps book from getting put back in the most random places.

My carpet/teaching corner is ready to go. My Daily 5 signs are up and there is plenty of space for all my I-charts to go in the next few weeks.  Those multi-colored bins hold... you guess it...more books.  I also keep comics, newspapers, joke books, and class books there.

Yikes... I just noticed I haven't loaded my chart stand with paper.  I will need to take care of that first thing.

 And...another book shelf.  This one holds picture books, poetry, and the unlabeled bin is the Myths/Folklore/Fairy Tale bin.  The little carpets that you see are from Ikea.  They are actually bath mats and just a few dollars a piece (sorry, I don't remember the exact price).   Students will be able to take them around the room for reading.  AND. I also plan on using them to spread out students during group time.  i.e. The red group will work over here.  (place mat) The blue group will be over here. (place mat) Etc.

This is new to my room this year and I an IN LOVE.  The book stand comes from Really Good Stuff and it is perfect for displaying a small number of books by season, genre, or whatever. 

This is all my storage space.  We call these giant things elephants.  The right one is for backpacks and the left one holds all my math manipulative, art supplies, and extra school supplies.  It  was a challenge to get everything in there, but I did it. The small space makes you really think about what you keep and what can get tossed.

All cute quote posters are from Technology Rocks.Seriously.  One word - AMAZING!

Here you can see my "door" and my extra bookshelves that hold...well..everything.

See the books on the top of the tall bookshelves?  Those are my "top shelf" book.  i.e. The books most 4th graders can't read at the beginning of the year but are too good not to have available.  I just pull them down as needed or as requested.  :)

Here is a zoomed in shot of my job board.  I have my students apply for jobs and they keep the job for a month.  This way they get really good at it and can train the next person who takes over.

 Desks are set up and waiting for kids.  Each supply cup is ready with one super sharpened pencil, courtesy of The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener and one dry erase marker with pom-pom.

Below are just some general shots of the room, so you can get a sense of how everything is laid out.

So, there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed the tour and maybe even found some good resources along the way.

Now, I'm linking up with all the wonderful bloggers below. I can't wait to see all the other creative classrooms that have already joined the party.


  1. I spy a zebra chair, and I love it!! Your room looks great!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  2. Your room looks great!!! I especially love the new blue paint it really turned out terrific. I hope that you have an awesome day tomorrow!

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

  3. Your classroom looks amazing!!! I want to be in your class!!!!!!! :-)

  4. Your room looks terrific! I like the idea of the bin for your lunchboxes! Why haven't I thought of that? Best wishes on your first day!

    Teaching Fourth

  5. Your classroom looks fabulous! Everything is so neat and organized! Love it. I just posted my classroom reveal, too!

  6. This looks fantastic! I definitely am bookmarking to come back when I'm not so tired because you listed a lot of great ideas. Super interested in the problem solving pencil too! :) Good luck at school tomorrow! I start too! :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  7. Amanda, your classroom looks awesome! The students in your classroom are very lucky to have you as their teacher this year. It's very inviting! Have a great 1st day tomorrow. :)


  8. Looks AWESOME!! So inviting and welcoming. I love all of your books too. Good luck tomorrow!

  9. Hi Amanda!

    Your room looks so inviting! I love the blue wall - it really pops! I hope you didn't have to buy the lunch basket on your own - our school buys those for us. I'm still finishing up my room but hope to post pictures soon. Good luck tomorrow!
    Learning in the Little Apple

    1. Thanks Jane! I actually did have to buy my lunch box basket. A lot of the furniture in the room is mine and I'm just happy all my chairs are a shade of blue this year and all the same size. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Very organized and inviting! Let's hope the kids help it stay that way!

    Always A Lesson

  11. I love your blog and your room! I'm a new follower!


  12. I'd like to invite you to my new linky called "Fun Friday." It is all about the fun things we do in our classrooms. I'd love for you to stop by and link up!

    Teaching Fourth

  13. It looks great! I love the borders on the walls for the anchor charts!

  14. I agree, I love all the borders and the spots for anchor charts!!!!

    1. Thanks Sarah! The walls are already starting to fill up fast.


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