I found this football idea on Pinterest this summer and I HAD to make it! It was super easy!
Here are some large view pictures of my classroom. It is nice and spacious! We have lots of room to have desks AND be able to move around for literacy activities!
Our Daily 5 Board
I use the Daily 5 in my classroom everyday. I have a 90 minute reading block, so I try to fit in two Daily 5 rotations a day. I have three 5th grade classes and I teach reading, writing, and language arts, so instead of putting each student name on clip, I use numbers. I bought the number cut outs from Math Mojo and the super cute Daily 5 signs came from The Teaching Reef and they are FREE!
I have three classes, so I keep the students' notebooks and journals in these crates.
The students keep their reading books and other Daily 5 materials in these numbered baskets.
Here is our CAFE menu (I have added more strategy cards since then). If you have not yet read The Daily 5 book or CAFE book, check it out HERE.
Author Study Board
Author Study Reading Area
I had a HUGE collection of Patricia Polacco books for my students to read during September. I will be adding another author during fall break. I wanted to start the "Author Study" area because I want kids to have an opportunity to read and compare books by the same author. I will also be adding an "Author Study Menu" to the area for students to research different authors each month. I am working on a HUGE Author Study Unit for grades 3rd-6th! It will be coming soon!
Books We Recommend
After students read their books (any teacher OR student selected book), they fill out a book recommendation form. This is a book review in shorter form! I do not require my students to fill out a book recommendation for every book they read, but at least one per month. Sorry the picture was taken before school started, but I got the idea from http://tupelohoneycaro.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-classroom.html.
I need to Lexile my books and book bins. If you would like to sort your classroom library books by Lexile, I have created labels. Pick them up from my TPT store. I have created several different colors.
My Desk Area
I organize my copies by day and I pull everything I need for the day and place it in my "Today" bin. I know silly right!? But it's the only way I can keep everything organized!
Small Group Area
Clear Learning Goals and Focus Wall
I love my Focus Wall! It keeps the students (and myself) organized. If you would like to purchase focus wall labels, you can find them here!
AR Star Board
(25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%). Students set a new AR goal each nine weeks and they can place their star onto the board when they meet each percentage of their goal. They LOVE this! I even ran out of Velcro around the middle of the nine weeks and a student offered to go to Wal-Mart and get me some because they wanted their star up sooo bad!
These are the AR "Must Do's" for our 4th and 5th graders each nine weeks.
They know these, but I needed a visual!
Here are some other pictures of my classroom. Enjoy!http://shindigz.com/. One of my team teachers came up with our slogan (my school name starts with an "N" hence the NFL connection)!
Goal Setting at the beginning of the year!