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Monday, July 23, 2012

Classroom Tour--Part One and a FREEBIE

I am so excited to say that I have made some progress in my classroom! I still have a long, long way to go until things are ready, so please don't judge me too harshly--my room isn't totally clean!

Also, let me preface this by saying that I am not a wonderful picture taker, but I think you'll get the idea...

This area will be for "Work on Writing", although students will be able to go any where in the room to write. I am so proud of myself for putting the black contact paper on the white board. I don't have any bulletin boards in my room, but I think this is a pretty close look!

 Thanks to Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files for the VOICES bulletin board! I am very excited to use it!

Here is our writing table. Soon I will put our Class Journals and Topic Jar on the table. I am trying to keep things minimal, something I have struggled with in the past.

I thought of this idea all on my own! Cute picture frames from Target. I plan to put student writing in them, changing the student writing every Friday. I wish I had enough $$ to purchase a frame for every child, but that would be a lot of money and a lot of picture frames to change!

Here is the other side of our white board where I plan to put our Classroom Expectations and Classroom Voice Levels

This area will hold all of our "Work on Words" materials. I hope to get some type of bucket to use to keep the different activities organized. 

Okay, I think I'll keep it short tonight, but will post tomorrow morning with some more pictures. I don't want to give you too much of a picture overload!

I promised a freebie, so here goes.... RULES for Math Word Problems

RULES is an acronym I was introduced to last year to help students show their best work on math word problems. It worked SO well for my students last year.
U--Use pictures, numbers, and words
L--Label your response
E--write an Equation
S--Sum your answer up in a sentence.

This item will be FREE in my TN shop until Wednesday, July 25. The only thing I ask you to do is give me a shout out on your blog, so that even more people can get this resource for free!!

Have a great night! 


  1. Jillian! Your room looks great! I love love the voices board and the FRAMES!!! Adorable!!

    1. Thanks! I am so excited to start using the VOICES board. I can't wait to get my CRAFT board up!


  2. I love your room. It looks so cozy. Do you teach with the lights off since you have so many lamps?

    I love the RULES acronym. =)

    Heather's Heart

    1. Thanks for the compliment Heather!

      Sometimes during shared reading and D5 I will turn the lights off, but during whole group instruction I tend to keep them on. One time when I was reading aloud with the lights off, my kids said they felt like we were camping! HA!



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