Saturday, August 21, 2010

Come on in to Second Grade

Edit: April 1, 2013
This post is getting a ton of hits from pinterest, and I'm getting a ton of questions about my homeworkopoly board.  It was not my original creation!  Google it and you will find several variations for free that you can print.  I also created a safari version and posted on my teacher blog here:  

http://keepingupwithclass.blogspot.com/2011/07/safari-homeworkopoly.html


I'm excited to share my classroom with you.  This is my sixth year teaching.  It seems every year I add a little more of my personality to my classroom.  I'm really starting to like it :)  Lets start with a couple of scanning photos. 





    Right beside my door you will find my word work bookcase.  I have always loved the size of this bookcase.  It fits perfectly in several spots in the room and it's pretty sturdy.  However I wasn't in love with the blah fake wood color.  So 2 summers ago I decided to modge podge it with small squares of scrap booking paper.  I love it!  It always gets bunches of compliments.  
    Word Work is one of the components of The Daily Five that I'm excited to be implementing this year.  The tubs on the selves contain things such as playdoh, letter stamps, scrabble tiles, letter tiles, gloves (for clapping out syllables), magnetic letters, and some other fun things.  The kids will choose what to use, and work independently during their word work time.  If you work with children you know that too many choices can be a bad thing!  So I have made closed and open signs that stick on with Velcro so the kids will know what is available for them.  Right now they are all closed (the red circle) since we haven't started this part of the daily five yet.  
    The blue pocket chart hanging behind the book case doesn't have a specific purpose.  Occasionally I put a poem in it for the kids to read when lining up.  


Next to Word work you will find my mailboxes, for graded work and notes home.  On top is the baskets where the kiddos turn in folders, homework, and notes from home. 
Above the mailboxes is my star chart.  This is how we keep up with discipline in my room.  Every kid has a star.  If they get in trouble they move it down once.  
 
On the other side of my door is a small bookcase where we store the notebooks for writers workshop.  I didn't snap a picture of above this bookcase.  There I have my rules posted and some of the faces that I made last summer.
 
Beside the mail boxes is my reading center.  I have my books stored in baskets by genre, or author, or subject matter.  This is about 1/6 of my books.  I don't have enough shelves to put them all out at once.  It's kind of refreshing to be able to switch them out.  The kids enjoy the new books.  Also in my reading center is some new seating that I added this year.  I love my seat crates!  I got the idea from proteacher and Michael cut the board for me.  It was an easy project!
Beside my reading center is my kids book boxes where they keep their books.  This picture is a week or so old.  They are much cuter now that I have the kids pictures on them.  :)




Next up is my horseshoe table for reading groups.  And then my computers in the corner.
Next up is the bucket fillers bulletin board. 
  My reading board is next to it.  It has pocket charts for the daily five, a chart for the reading cafe (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocab skills that I will be teaching), and a chart for our weekly spelling and vocab words.
Next is my homeworkopoly board.  The kids get to play on Fridays if they've turned in their homework all week.  This is a new favorite in my classroom!


In front of these boards is my carpet and whiteboard chart thingy.  We spend a lot of time on the carpet. 
 Behind the chart is my desk.  I'm embarrassed of this picture.  That book case is badly neglected!
In the front of my room next to the white board is a small bulletin board.  My kids are sitting in rows.  They can earn brownies for their row's pan.  When the pan is full they get a treat.   This is working wonders in my room right now!   I'm thinking of other things to change this to later on in the year.  Maybe icecream sundaes or something.
 My coat racks and birthdays....


My Math board....I'm kicking myself for using the star fabric on it.  It's too busy.  But I'm too tired to fix it this year. 




This bulletin board will display post cards from other states.  We are participating in a post card exchange again this year. 

And finally My Promethean Board.  If you haven't been in a classroom lately you will probably be surprised at the technology available.  This interactive board is hooked to my computer.  I can use it to project or it's interactive and can be used much like a big computer.  It's a wonderful teaching tool!

Thats it.  Let me know how you liked my room.

24 comments:

Mandy's Memories said...

Your room is amazing! There are so many ideas that I want to use from you. Love the chair crates, madge podge bookcase and postcard exchange!

Jane said...

I enjoyed your tour.Any 2nd grader would love this classroom.All of the hardwork you put into teaching shows in these great photos.May you have a wonderful school year.
We love you!

Scott and Kristan said...

WOW! I may just steal some of those ideas for us. Of course, we don't have a room...we use the kitchen table LOL I really like those crate chairs...how cute are those! You have a gift for working with children and I'm sure the kids love you ~ Kristan

Joy said...

Wow! How creative you are! Although I have a teaching degree, I doubt I would really love teaching. But you seem to! I can't believe how many boards and games and little charts you have. I feel like a teacher on Friday afternoon just looking at your classroom! And I love the seat crates too. I LOVE your classroom and I'm sure your students do, too! :)

Peggy said...

Looks wonderful! And I know you're a sweet Christian teacher!

Michael's mom said...

How fun. You are so amazingly creative. Wish Lisa had room for a real classroom, she would love so many of your ideas. Hope you have a wonderful day and year. Love you. Mike's mom

lala said...

Your room is amazing!! I'm student teaching in a room that's the size of a postage stamp and poorly decorated - they're moving into a new school in December after I'm finished with my ST placement.

I've also got second graders. If you're looking for pen pals, please send me an email! Thanks!

Karen Crabtree said...

Stephanie,
Your classroom is so colorful and inviting. I'm sure all your students love it. You are very organized that reminds me of someone very close to you. Seven years already!
You are a wonderful person and a terrific teacher.
Love,
Karen & family

Kelley said...

Wow! I love your classroom photos. Thanks for sharing. I have always wanted to try homeworkopoly but worried about it taking up too much time...

Check out my 3rd grade blog at
http://randalllearninglibrary.blogspot.com/

Kelley-3rd

Mrs. A said...

WOW! You have such a beautifully organized classroom. Thanks for sharing your great ideas :)

lauren said...

What do you do with the homework board? Are there just fun activities for the kids to do as the spaces?

Anonymous said...

I need a way to encourage students to turn in homework regularly. How do you use your monopoly homework board?

Stephanie said...

Hey gals,
I simply keep a checklist all week of home work turned in. On Friday everyone that has turned in everything gets to roll the dice. I have a post about my new homeworkopoly board on my school blog....you can see it here:

http://www.keepingupwithclass.blogspot.com/2011/07/safari-homeworkopoly.html

Hope that helps!
Stephanie

Keisha Scott said...

Can you tell me more about how your Monopoly board works? Are the kiddos actually playing a game of Monopoly?

Keisha Scott said...

Can you tell me more about how your Monopoly board works? Are the kiddos actually playing a game of Monopoly?

Hilary Lewis said...

Your room is so cute! I found you from a pin of your 'no' signs for your activities that you don't want the kids to get into! Hope you are having a great year!
Hilary
Rockin' Teacher Materials

Hilary Lewis said...

Your room is so cute! I found your blog from a pin on Pinterest of your 'no' signs for the stuff you don't want the kids to get into. Love it! Hope you are having a great year!
Hilary
Rockin' Teacher Materials

Kyla Lingel said...

I love the homeworkopoly board. I was wondering how it works. What do the spaces say? Do you have the document that you made it with? If so could you send it to me?
Thanks!

Erika Gonzalez said...

Homeworkopoly looks great! Would you share it with me? I have a 2nd grade class as well. Thanks

Erika Gonzalez said...

Would you share your homeworkopoly?
Love the idea! Your classroom looks awesome! I'm a second grade teacher too.

Erika

Stephanie said...

This post is getting a ton of hits from pinterest, and I'm getting a ton of questions about my homeworkopoly board. It was not my original creation! Google it and you will find several variations for free that you can print. I also created a safari version and posted on my teacher blog here:



http://keepingupwithclass.blogspot.com/2011/07/safari-homeworkopoly.html

Ashley Reeves said...

Love your homeworkopoly. I developed my own version!
Check it out:)

mrsashleyreeves.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing! I am excited to begin putting things together for this coming year.

Kathy Ansara said...

Great room! I love the 'Brownie Points' idea. We're using a positive approach discipline system and I think this will fit right in with it. Thanks!
Kathy