Monday, July 30, 2012

Crunch Time! Classroom Set-Up

I officially report back to work in two days!  I am sooooo not ready!
This is what my room looked like when I went in this morning.
I was freaking out!  The room was set up, but I had stuff piled everywhere to put away.
I had put up the bulletin boards the other day when my daughter was there to help.

Where do I begin?
One step at a time - baby steps, that is!
I worked diligently ALL day.  
I got a LOT done.

All most of the stuff put away, library mostly organized and relabeled, table supplies organized, and front boards put together.
This is my calendar and assignments board.  I was hating the fact that there was no map in my classroom. (Can you believe it, a classroom with NO maps!)
I found this great map at Office Max that is sticky backed and removable with a white board surface.
The poster with the red boarder is my calendar math.  I made 8 of these posters (one for each group.)  The kids will work together to complete the daily activity using dry erase markers.  I got 4 different color markers for each group so that I can make sure that everyone is everyone is participating.
That's my Monday Made-It for this week!

The pic below is my Knowledge Nuggets Extra Credit buckets.
Last summer there was a Brain Bubble craze on Pro Teacher, and this was my version.

Sorry for the blurry pic!  Common Core standards and my clip chart
(which may have to be moved, but I haven't figured out where yet.)

Book boxes hold each student's folders.  Black bin is for supplies.
Dish rack holds reading and writing notebooks and duct tape white boards, and red bucket is for trash.
Bookcase at each table holds textbooks, paper (in the white drawers,) supplies, and the red canvas drawer will hold their towels (to use during independent reading.)

Because of the shift to common core, I had to re-level my entire classroom library, and I have a BIG library.  I still have about 500 books at home to finish up!

So this was the view from the door this morning...

...and this was the view from the door when I left.

Tomorrow's task is to finish up my teacher area and start some lesson planning.

So, when do you officially go back to work?

Here is a close up of the WANTED poster, Ursula.


  1. I don't go into work officially until August 15 when I start my New Teacher Academy, but I started in my room today! When I left at 4:00, my room seemed to be in total shambles - piles of stuff everywhere! I'm so glad to see that it's normal to have piles that you sort through, I thought I was just taking a crazy approach! :)

    Can't wait to see your finished classroom!

    4th Grade Haps and Hacks

  2. I'm glad you were able to get a lot done. I go back officially on August 13th, but I am actually going in tomorrow to begin working on things! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. Hi there.
    Just curious about your wanted poster hanging up. Can you tell me what it says and how big it is? Thanks,

  4. I get my keys back tomorrow and then meetings start the 8th, kids come on the 13th.

  5. Your room is HUGE!!!Awesome for getting so much done today! I LOVE how each table is arranged with labeled buckets and SHELVES!!!....Where do you work?! Santa's workshop!! :) AWESOME!


  6. Lindsey, it is NOT very big at all. We are really crammed in.

  7. Ursula, the banner is 3' by 1.6'. I got it from Vista Print for free (just had to pay shipping.) I am posting a better picture above.

  8. You must be SuperWoman! I know the feeling of walking into a room piled with things, but I don't know the feeling of making so much progress in one day! You room is looking great!!

  9. It looks great! I love the bookshelf organization. Good luck this year. I won't tell you when we go back, because you will be mad at me.... :)

    Simply 2nd Resources

  10. Girl you gotta lotta stuff!! haha Looks like you did get a ton done! I went through a cleaning frenzy at the end of last school year to organize my room! =)

    Ginger Snaps

  11. Oh wow.. Yours looks like a daunting task too!! I posted about the same thing today! I totally understand your pain when it comes to the library... I finally got mine complete after 2 full years of working on it... I had lexile, guided reading level, and grade level equivalence. Now I'm starting at a new school, and instead of SRI we now use AR! I brought a big bucket full of books home to start making new labels!


  12. Looks amazing!!! I hate that overwhelmed feeling when you look around and stuff is EVERYWHERE. Has to look worse before it gets better, right?


    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  13. You made a HUGE amount of progress today! You should be proud. Just remember..."I think I can, I think I can"... You room will be ready in time!
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  14. Congratulations on your progress. I hope to be working on some organizing myself tomorrow.

  15. That was quick! Way to stay focused!! I see other piles and get sooo distracted!

  16. Your room is looking great! I have nominated you for a blog award! Go to my blog to check it out!

    Sixth Grade Scribbles

  17. Just curious, I am thinking I wish my room was carpeted b/c the floor gets so scratched and scuffed and yuck!!! Is carpet as bad in its own way? What would you rather have?
    Yes, random question! :) cute classroom by the way!
    Ann Marie
    Innovative Connections

  18. Ann Marie,
    I love having carpet! It is much quieter than tile, and is much more comfortable for floor work. Our carpets are vacuumed daily and cleaned every summer. If I had to choose, I would choose carpet.

  19. Relevel your books? What did you use vs what are you doing now?

    Great room! I love the shelf ideal. :-)

  20. Cindy,
    My books were all previously leveled by guided reading/Fountas & Pinell (G, H, L, M, etc.) Now they are all leveled by lexile level since we are moving toward the common core standards.

  21. Your room looks great! I have two questions:
    1-Can you please explain the Knowledge Nuggets. I was thinking of incorporating Brain Bubbles this year but maybe I will like your idea better =)
    2-How did you make and attach curtains to your bookcases. Its another project on my to-do list along with a table skirt for my kidney table and crate seats!!


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