Since I had an idea what to expect this year, and had a good month or so at home, I got crafty so I would have the materials and decorations I needed to start the year off. I am so excited to have a calendar this year! A calendar was the one thing I knew I wanted to buy for my classroom, but clearly I didn't stop there. I also made a fair amount of stuff on the computer. I had to take advantage of having a printer while in the United States. And to make it last, I toted all the paper items I had gathered to Lakeshore and laminated them, all 53 feet. Thanks Kelsey for all the help cutting it out! Your cutting is so precise and your edges are rounded; mine are not :) I can tell who cut what! I've gotten a lot of compliments on how nice my classroom looks from parents and other staff members, but there's a lot of other people who helped make this space inviting. Books, whiteboards, stickers, posters, even help glueing and cutting things...there's so much I could name, that friends and family have been so generous with. Many of you who have never even been to my little school, have a piece of you in it. That makes my heart smile. Thank you!
|a new banner greets us all!|
|A fresh coat of paint. My temporary classroom is the window on the far right.|
|BEFORE: A blank slate... even if it's temporary, I'm happy I have this room. I have my own desk this year! Until I move rooms, that is :(|
|AFTER: Much better now that it has some color.|
|My theme this year is movies. The clapboard says Miss Hill's class, Now Starring: and each star has a student's name on it.|
|I found these cute popcorn cut-outs at Jo-Ann Fabrics (in the US of course) and each student has their own hook to hang their backpack.|
|I found these name tags at Barnes & Noble!|
|These oversized ticket cutouts came from Lakeshore|
|We are lucky to have this great window that even closes. And this room has overhead lights!|
|My new fifth grade class!|
|My 7 fifth graders (one is absent) are now in sixth grade, with 3 new faces!|
|I made the "Who Will Pop Up Next" sign and popcorn with each students name inside. I don't use this all the time, but it is a random way to pick students to run an errand or answer a question. I have one popcorn container for each grade I teach.|
|Thanks Mom for the Scientific Method poster set!|
|"Meet the Cast" of 5th and 6th grade|
I made the signs that say English, Math, and Science..
|we all signed it, and are accountable!|
|my hand-made behavior chart. If you end the day on green, blue, or purple, you earn a sticker on your incentive chart.|
|Last year my 5th graders came up with the name "Good Times!" for their reward system. These are the incentive charts where students have a chance to earn a sticker each day.|
|Target dollar section= prize box! After each row on the incentive chart is filled up, students earn a small prize, and after the ENTIRE incentive chart is filled the student gets his or her choice from Miss Hill's prize box!|
I guess I was so excited about having a classroom calendar that I didn't even take a picture of it. oops. It matches the die cut letters that I used to make the signs and also matches the Class Rules poster.