6th grade classroom pictures 2011-2012

We are ready for action! Finished my room today (or maybe it was tonight), and ready for the kids to start tomorrow! I hope we have a great year-lots of fun and learning planned! Here are the pictures of my room with short descriptions.

 The picture on the left is the way we check out books from the classroom library. On the right are posters explaining what thick and thin questions are (and I love it when they can generate “thick” questions! 🙂

 On the left are the drawers where I will keep lessons for things that we work on in small group. On the right is a picture of my reading table-you can see my desk behind it up against the wall. I have never had them situated like this-it saves a ton of room.

 The picture on the left shows our “Fab Five” choices that we will do each week on a daily basis. (Otherwise known as The Daily 5). I also put up our Alabama Course of Study Standards that we are required to teach in 6th grade (with the pink border around it). On the right is our conference calendar where I will make appointments to meet with each child each week about their reading. This picture also has a Bloom’s Taxonomy chart-I will try to gear our lessons and questions based on this taxonomy of higher level thinking.

 On the left is our whole class meeting area (of course I get to sit in one of these wonderfully comfortable chairs!!!). 🙂 Behind the chairs is our CAFE board. The red pocket chart will hold picture books that I will be using for mini-lessons and comprehension strategy think sheets that the students will be using with the books they read. On the right are my purple shelves that have “most” of the book bins that my kids will use to keep their books they are reading, reading notebooks, writing notebooks, and reading/writing binders. The green tubs on top have “easy” chapter books.

On the left: VOICES will be where we post our 6 trait writing mini lessons that are taught. Yellow and green trays will be where the kids turn in their Response to Reading notebooks. Pink, green, and blue mini-drawers hold our comprehension skill cards that we will work on during “Fab Five” each day. Green, blue, and red trays will hold our “fresh read” passages that the kids will practice reading each week for fluency and comprehension (with partners most of the time). White shelves have supplies that we use-stapler, tape, scissors, etc. Picture on right shows our “Behavior Boxes’ that we will hopefully NOT use often-discipline. On the bottom of the whiteboard is where I will write weekly objectives.

 Picture on the left shows part of our classroom library(Love, love, love those green baskets). On the right are my crates that hold graded papers to go home each week and signed graded papers that have been returned.

 On the left are picture books the kids will be able to read to meet their goal of 50 books this year. YES-50 books! 🙂 On the right is the rest of our classroom library. I LOVE TO READ!

 Student computers-don’t get me started on this right now-they need a post of their own! 🙂 In other words, NOT REALLY WORKING RIGHT NOW!

 On the left is our homeworkopoly board-kids can play on Friday if they have had their homework. 🙂 Picture on right shows our graffiti board where the kids can make book recommendations to each other and write favorite quotes. Data sheets will go inside the blue border-these will be compiled from our benchmark assessments each 6 weeks. Misc. stuff inside the pink border: absent student yellow folder, boxes to hold our seeds that we earn for whole class good behavior (20 seeds gets some kind of party!).

3 different views of my 20 x 22 small classroom. We will have 24 kids in one class and 25 in the other one. I have 2 rows of 12 with an extra desk at the end of one of the rows. Leaves more space around us. Maybe. 🙂

I am loving my room this year!

If you want to see more pictures of classrooms just click on this link over to TBA (Teaching Blog Addict)-you’ll find an entire classroom pictures PARTY!!!

http://www.teachingblogaddict.com/2011/08/classroom-photos-galore-party.html

 

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About shannonjoe

I teach 3rd grade. Love Jesus, teaching, reading, running, and working out.

Posted on August 11, 2011, in Classroom pictures and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Beautiful room with organization of student activities the key to the design. I bet alot of learning happens in this class from independent learners.
    Deborah
    http://splitmultigradeclassroom.blogspot.com

    • Deborah-

      Thank you! I try to put up stuff that we are going to interact with and add to instead of just commercialized decoration that they will have no ownership of. Now the independent learning I can only dream of! 🙂

  2. I LOVE your room! It looks so bright and colorful, but not in an overload kind of way. You have so many great ideas and I think that the way you have organized your materials will be extremely space efficient. I hope your year is fabulous!!!

  3. Hi,
    Did you create Homeworkopoly? How do the kids interact with this activity? It looks really neat and I am interested in creating it for my classoom. Thanks a bunch! I really appreciate it, I also teach 6th grade, however it is in NJ. Thanks, DeAndra

    • DeAndra-

      I have tried to reply twice to you about homeworkopoly, and something keeps happenening to my replies so I am going to write a post about homeworkoply for you!! 🙂

  4. I really love your black backgrounds and colourful borders. It makes things pop! I teach grade 1/2 and am surprised to see how many of the same strategies we use! Awesome!

    • Jenn-

      I like the black and bright contrast, too! Kudos to you for teaching a split class -that would be very challenging!!! It is amazing how we are so far apart in grade levels and use same strategies! 🙂

  5. Your room is amazing! They won’t let us hang curtains or any type of fabric, but I wish we could. I love some of your ideas and may borrow them for my 5th grade class this year. I have had my desk behind my reading table for the last two years and love it that way. It does save a ton of room and I have everything I need in one location. I hope you’re having a great day with the kiddos! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Thanks for the compliment! I’m glad to know that you liked having your table and desk situated that way-I like it so far (even though I never sat down today except in the lunchroom!). 🙂 I had a GREAT day!!

  6. Wow it looks great!! I love all the colors and how organized everything is! I teach 5th grade so I will definitely be borrowing some ideas you have here!

    • Lindsay-

      Thanks so much! Of course, if I was really organized I wouldn’t have looked diligently for an activity sheet the other night for 45 minutes while I was at school only to find it at home! 🙂

  7. Jodi H ~ Buffalo, NY

    Thanks for sharing the pictures! I am moving to 5th grade, and enjoyed looking at your room!!! I am “stealing” your library card idea…. I was using a card file box, and the kids always forget to “check it back in”. HAVE A GREAT YEAR!

    • Jodi-

      The library card system worked GREAT last year!! When they use up 1 index card I just have them staple a new one to it-at the end of the year they really have a record of what they have read! 🙂

  8. Your room looks fabulous! I love all the bright colors…so cheerful. I went with black background fabric on my boards this year (like you) and I love how the colors you put on just POP!
    Have a great year and enjoy your cozy room!

  9. Wow! I love your room, all the bright colors, and the awesome organization! I teach 2nd, but would you tell me about your “behavior boxes?” I’m just curious! I also like your “Fab Five” board. We are just starting to use Daily 5 this year.

    • Gayla-

      Thanks! I’m going to write a post of its own about the behavior boxes for you, but a quick summary is:
      1st time student gets in trouble-Verbal warning and THEY write their name in the 1st box
      2nd time-Miss free time and write name in 2nd box
      3rd time-they have to write a behavior essay and write name in 3rd box
      4th time-they go to the office and write name in 4th box
      It starts over daily. I’m sure you could use it for 2nd graders, but put the boxes at the bottom of your board. There’s something very powerful about THEM writing their own name in front of the WHOLE CLASS! This is only my 2nd year in 6th grade (after 6 years in K), but nobody ever had to write their name in the 2nd box last year!!! 🙂 Hope that helps, but look for my post that I will write sometime today!

  10. Your room is amazing! I teach grade 5/6 in Australia and I am planning to implement the Daily 5 this year.
    Do you make all your own resources? I would love to get copies! Do you sell on Teachers Pay Teachers at all?
    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Katelyn,

      Australia. That’s so neat!! I no longer teach reading, but when I did I would either use something someone else made or adapt something I found to fit my needs. No, I don’t sell any stuff I make because none of it is original-it’s all a combination of great ideas from other teachers. I try to always give credit to the person who made it. 🙂

  11. I’m not sure you check this blog anymore but I’m interested in your checkout system and the details of your Daily 5?

  12. I am interested in your homeworkopoly. Can you provide more info on it? Do you have a board already created that I can use/purchase? I teach in a school where homework is not usually completed. Trying to find something to help them be motivated.

    • Audrey- You can google it and find links where you can print everything you need in color. 🙂 My 6th graders liked playing!

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