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10 Aug, 2013. 27 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Back to School, First Grade, Kindergarten, Preschool. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Welcome to my classroom! Everything is ready for the first day of school! The chair pockets are on the chairs, the community supplies are in place and stocked with new school supplies, and all my centers are set up! 
Let’s begin the tour!
When you first walk into my classroom, immediately to your left is my word wall and writing center. 
The word wall is completely interactive! (Which I am SO excited about!) I attached all the words with velcro so that my students can take the words to their desk or use them during word work.
The writing center has everything students will need to write, write, write!  I bought this CUTE mailbox at World Market and we will write letters to each other throughout the day. Every week one student will be my mail deliverer and pass out the letters to their friends. I’m so excited to get this into action. 
Our peg board has fun writing supplies, our community journals that all my students can add to, “back to school words,” labeling paper and our Writing Center “I can.”
The community journals now have labels on them that say, “Ouchy Stories,” “Did you know?,” and “All about me.” {I took the picture before I labeled them.}
This device has some options that students can do while they are at the writing center! It is an easy way to help students stay accountable!
Around my peg board I have my writing menu (from the fabulous Lori at Teaching with Love and Laughter) and below are her writing topics. These were a LIFE SAVER for my students last year! To read about her writing menu, go here! {it’s awesome!!}
As you look beyond the word wall, you can see where I store all the writing papers and begin to see the math section of my classroom. 
The Math area has all of our math manipulatives and math bins!
I house my math bins in plastic “shoe boxes” and on a shoe shelf! I had originally bought this rack for my entryway closet in my house but… I decided to bring it to school instead. {Ah the life of a teacher….} 
It holds my math bins perfectly! 
My manipulatives are on my other math shelf. I also put math books and “extension activities” on these shelves. My students can use these games when they finish something early. 
To the right of my math area is my beloved “moon table.” (Last year one of my students named it that and the name has stuck ever since!) On top of the blue shelves are all my word work activities. In the cabinets I store my guided reading materials and anything I might need while teaching small groups.
Then along that wall are my pocket charts…
… and book corner!
Maria from Kinder Craze totally inspired me to make the book bunting to hang over my windows and I LOVE THEM!! {Thanks, Maria!!}
and finally the front wall houses my tall book shelf,
my alphabet and white board,
and my math meeting wall. 
This little guy also joined my class for the year! I loooooved Reagan’s post on her class pet and just had to go find one. {you can read her post here} This little creature will travel to my student’s houses and spend some time with them. Inside his super cute backpack I will put his journal and a book from our classroom. My students will then journal about the adventures they had with him! I know they will LOVE this!! 
{Stuffed animal and backpack from Barnes and Noble}
I have yet to come up with a name for him though. I want to make a cute label to put on his journal that says, “_________’s Adventures.” What do you think he looks like?  
 I hope you enjoyed the tour! Come back soon as I will be sharing some “first day” freebies and my lesson plans for the first week of school!

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27 Comments
  1. Gerry! (pronunced Jerry) ,

  2. Love how everything came together. Your room looks fantastic :) The kids are going to have a blast :)

  3. Thank you so much for the great post. I was able to see what I was missing in my room and love love love the math area! Thank you Amy!

  4. it looks great!

  5. I really love your classroom and your ideas! It looks fantastic. One thing I would be a little worried about though with the mailbox is what if you have a child that never gets letters? Or doesn’t have many friends? My daughter has Aspergers and she would be that child who would be left out.. She’d be heartbroken.. I think it’s a wonderful idea. It just made me think of that one thing and thought I’d mention it.. Not trying to be mean or anything :)

    • Elizabeth– You bring up such a fabulous point. I thought about that as I bought the mailbox. When I introduce the mailbox I am going to talk about this and also put a jar next to it with all my student’s names in the jar. My students will be able to pick a name out of the jar and write to that friend. Once a student uses a name, we will put it in another box so my students know they already have a letter that week. I will talk to my students about how we can write letters to anyone and the types of things that we can write. I have done something similar to this in the past and have not had problems with it. I always strive to build a sweet classroom community where we look out for one another and encourage everyone. I am hoping that this will be just an extension of this!

  6. Wow very impressive. I love the peg board at the writing center. All of it looks terrific. You are amazing.

  7. Hooray! Looks great, friend!

    xoxoxo
    Megan

  8. WOWIE WOW WOW!!!

  9. I love everything! You did such a great job!
    Nicole
    Teaching With Style

  10. I think he looks like a “Patch.”

  11. You’re room looks fantastic! I love your writing center! I think you should name him Barnabus! :)

  12. AWESOME!! Your room looks wonderful. I love every inch of it!

  13. I love your classroom and all the ideas you share with us. I also use the same baskets as you do in your writing center. I have been loking for an orange bucket ( that is in the center of your writing table). Where did you find the ornage one?
    Thanks

  14. Your classroom looks GREAT! Very organized. I think your little guy looks like a Ziggy! Have a great year!

  15. Your classroom looks fantastic! Bring on the kiddos!
    Jenn

    A Pirates Life for Us

  16. Where do I begin? There are SO many wonderful things in your room that have me all inspired to go to my room tomorrow! I LOVE your writing center. I don’t have the space to do exactly the same thing, but I now plan on having class journals and other items for them to choose from at their work on writing time… Thanks for posting!!

    Andrew
    Mr. First Grade

  17. You are just sooo well organized! I’m very jealous. Love the interactive word wall! :)

    NotJustChild’sPlay

  18. I love your set up! Where can I get those Writing “I can” cards? I love them and know they would be really helpful!

  19. I am enamored with your banner! How did you make it (the one with the D5 posters)? Such a good idea!
    Rachel

  20. Your room looks great. I especially love your writing area. I’m super excited because I bought Lori’s writing menu earlier this summer. I think it will be a great addition to their Daily 5 writing time. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Your room is too stinkin’ cute! I love everything about it!! I really like your math bin labels…did you make these?

    Elisabeth
    http://www.missdelk.blogspot.com

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  23. This is great and nice work i really very inspired. i like your efforts…………..

  24. I love your writing center organization! Where did you find the fabulous “I can” cards (“I can write my sight words in sentences.”), and the I can statements in the binder display?
    Thanks!
    Juliana

  25. Where did you get the alphabet for the pocket chart? Are they available on your TPT? They are so cute!

27 Comments

  • Gerry! (pronunced Jerry) ,

  • Love how everything came together. Your room looks fantastic :) The kids are going to have a blast :)

  • Thank you so much for the great post. I was able to see what I was missing in my room and love love love the math area! Thank you Amy!

  • it looks great!

  • I really love your classroom and your ideas! It looks fantastic. One thing I would be a little worried about though with the mailbox is what if you have a child that never gets letters? Or doesn’t have many friends? My daughter has Aspergers and she would be that child who would be left out.. She’d be heartbroken.. I think it’s a wonderful idea. It just made me think of that one thing and thought I’d mention it.. Not trying to be mean or anything :)

    • Elizabeth– You bring up such a fabulous point. I thought about that as I bought the mailbox. When I introduce the mailbox I am going to talk about this and also put a jar next to it with all my student’s names in the jar. My students will be able to pick a name out of the jar and write to that friend. Once a student uses a name, we will put it in another box so my students know they already have a letter that week. I will talk to my students about how we can write letters to anyone and the types of things that we can write. I have done something similar to this in the past and have not had problems with it. I always strive to build a sweet classroom community where we look out for one another and encourage everyone. I am hoping that this will be just an extension of this!

  • Wow very impressive. I love the peg board at the writing center. All of it looks terrific. You are amazing.

  • Hooray! Looks great, friend!

    xoxoxo
    Megan

  • WOWIE WOW WOW!!!

  • I love everything! You did such a great job!
    Nicole
    Teaching With Style

  • I think he looks like a “Patch.”

  • You’re room looks fantastic! I love your writing center! I think you should name him Barnabus! :)

  • AWESOME!! Your room looks wonderful. I love every inch of it!

  • I love your classroom and all the ideas you share with us. I also use the same baskets as you do in your writing center. I have been loking for an orange bucket ( that is in the center of your writing table). Where did you find the ornage one?
    Thanks

  • Your classroom looks GREAT! Very organized. I think your little guy looks like a Ziggy! Have a great year!

  • Your classroom looks fantastic! Bring on the kiddos!
    Jenn

    A Pirates Life for Us

  • Where do I begin? There are SO many wonderful things in your room that have me all inspired to go to my room tomorrow! I LOVE your writing center. I don’t have the space to do exactly the same thing, but I now plan on having class journals and other items for them to choose from at their work on writing time… Thanks for posting!!

    Andrew
    Mr. First Grade

  • You are just sooo well organized! I’m very jealous. Love the interactive word wall! :)

    NotJustChild’sPlay

  • I love your set up! Where can I get those Writing “I can” cards? I love them and know they would be really helpful!

  • I am enamored with your banner! How did you make it (the one with the D5 posters)? Such a good idea!
    Rachel

  • Your room looks great. I especially love your writing area. I’m super excited because I bought Lori’s writing menu earlier this summer. I think it will be a great addition to their Daily 5 writing time. Thanks for sharing!

  • Your room is too stinkin’ cute! I love everything about it!! I really like your math bin labels…did you make these?

    Elisabeth
    http://www.missdelk.blogspot.com

  • This comment has been removed by the author.

  • This is great and nice work i really very inspired. i like your efforts…………..

  • I love your writing center organization! Where did you find the fabulous “I can” cards (“I can write my sight words in sentences.”), and the I can statements in the binder display?
    Thanks!
    Juliana

  • Where did you get the alphabet for the pocket chart? Are they available on your TPT? They are so cute!

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