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.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Endless Pinabilities!: New Pinterest Book Finds

Endless Pinabilities!: New Pinterest Book Finds: I thought I would share some of the wonderful new (to me) books that I found on Pinterest.  I have even made it EASY - you can order them ...

Friday Freebie


Freebie Fridays

This week I am sharing my clip chart for classroom management.










You can download your copy here.


To Do List Linky


Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

I am linking up with my friend Lorraine at Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies to help get myself organized for back-to-school.  Unlike Lorraine, who has 4 weeks, I have TWO WEEKS to get my classroom ready.  I officially report back to work on August 2!  I am totally freaking out over how much work I have to do in the next couple of weeks!  I started my list but had to stop because it was getting
 toooooo loooooong!
Here's what I have so far (in no particular order.)

1.      Order BTS post cards and business cards from Vista Print  DONE
2.      Put together my class journals
3.      Create data binder
4.      Create lesson plan format for this year  DONE
5.      Create classroom jobs poster/display
6.      Make labels for notebooks and folders
7.      Finish book aprons
8.      Make labels for supply buckets
9.      Finish setting up classroom spaces
10.   Relevel and label classroom library books w/ lexile levels (I have a huge library - which is a good thing - and it's taking FOREVER!)
11.   Bathroom sign out log
12.   Folders for take home
13.   Finish class schedule and post
14.   Put up door decoration
15.   Welcome packets for Meet the Teacher
16.   Mail postcards to students
17.   Revamp calendar
18.   Decide on Calendar Math set up
19.   Finish labeling book boxes
20.   Decorate bulletin boards
21.   Start anchor charts for first week
22.   Level students for reading based on AIMS scores  DONE
23.   Sub folder
24.   Birthday chart
25.   Make nametags for students
26.   Establish Morning Meeting Procedures
27.   Office Max Teacher Appreciation Day 7-21
28.   Parent email list
29.   Lesson plans for first weeks
30.   Clothespins for clip chart (to paint or not to paint?)
31.   Anchor Chart Binder

I am sure that there are many things I have forgotten, and will have to add to the list as I go.

Guilty Pleasures

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I am also linking up with Ashley from The Resource Room Teacher to confess my guilty pleasures.

Number one has to be ICE COLD anything!  I love my ice cold beverages!
My guilty pleasure is this ice maker that I have in my classroom.





My other  (BIGGER) guilty pleasure is BOOKS!  You don't even want to see my Amazon bill!

I just love books! Picture books, novels, chapter books, professional books, you name it!
Here are just a few of the new book I have bought this summer...
(and these are just a few!)



So, what are YOUR guilty pleasures?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

AZ Bloggy Meet-Up, Monday Made-It, and Classroom Set Up

Last week was crazy busy for me!  We had the AZ Bloggy Meet-Up and had a blast!  Met some new friends, and put faces with some other cyber friends.  
Linda Camp and Michelle Tsivgadellis organized this get-together for us.
Michelle (L) and Linda (R)

Also there were Nichole Dirks, Jennifer Kadar, and Sandra Matadamas

From L to R
Nichole, Sandra, Michelle, Jennifer, Teresa, and Linda

Our eyes all look creepy, but Farley and Crystal Radke, this one's for you!

Next up was "Magic Mike" with my BFF's,
Readers Workshop Training with my school buddies, 
and taking my son to get his wisdom teeth pulled (NOT fun!)

Saturday I did some sewing and Sunday was a BD party for my mom.
Needless to say, I did not have time to get anything posted, so I am trying to catch up.

Monday Made-It


Here are the curtains that I made to cover all the teacher stuff on my bookcases.


For my other Made-Its, I put together 8 of these bookcases.


I am having tables instead of desks this year and have a bookcase for each table to store the textbooks and supplies.  I got the red and blue canvas drawers at Target on sale a few weeks ago.
Caddies, dish racks (for journals and readers notebooks) and baskets (for backpacks) are from WalMart.

I had all these plastic magazine holders left over from donating my books last week, so I decided to use them as book boxed for the kids for Reading Workshop, so I made these labels for them.

You can get a copy of the labels here.

Classroom Set Up

I have been working in my classroom all week. 
 (School starts in 2 weeks!  AGHHHH!)
Here is what my classroom looked like when I went in on Monday...


All my tables and my Goodwill trapezoid finds!

The Smart Board used to hang in the middle of my white boards,
 and I am having it moved to the left side of the blue board.

The bulletin boards are from last year and they are coming down.
I got rid of t a lot of stuff when I took the load to Treasures 4 Teachers last week.
I got rid of the extra bookcases too.



Now to start organizing...
I put the tables out and then built the bookcases.







I still have a TON to do, but at least now I can start putting things where they belong and get organized, then decorate, and start planning for the year.  
Stay tuned as I fine tune my classroom and get it all together!


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