The only thing worse than organizing 5th grade books by genre?!? Leveling every.single.book. you own that your 1st graders might read. Ohmygoodness! Plus, I have used 3-4 different levelers/apps and I still haven’t found some books. Thankfully, I do not have as many primary books as I do intermediate!
I am loving these job circles by Going Strong in 2nd Grade. They’re absolutely adorable and she was so fast in adding a few jobs that I needed. Everyone in our class will have a job each month, and on the 1st of each month we’ll apply for new jobs. 🙂
I love displaying student work in the classroom, and really missed having a home for work last year. Although I do not have space to house a full-class display inside my room, I did add 8 squares above the mailboxes. They’ll be perfect for showcasing work from small groups and work that only a few students completed! Of course, I’ll still have a full-class display in the hallway, but I love having a less formal/more “just-for-us” display inside the room. 🙂
Also, our word wall is up (even after this tragic fall), and I cannot wait to receive my class list. My kids’ names will be the first words on our word wall. 🙂 You can check out how the word wall went up here.
Next up – There is a lot of furniture in my new classroom, so I’ve had to get creative in arranging to maximizie the amount of space students have to move around and learn. One of my favorite moves was placing cabinets back-to-back, and covering them with black butcher paper. This area will be perfect for word work, a sorting center, or anything with magnetic numbers/letters!
With no storage space in our school, going desk-less wasn’t an option this year. I’m in the process of turning my desk into a writing center. I’ll definitely have more pictures as it progresses, but right now, I’m loving these Work on Writing posters by Kristen Smith at A Day in First Grade. I printed them two-to-a-page, and they are perfect reminders!