Woo Hoo! Time to cheer! My classroom is FINISHED :)
This "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" sign that I semi-copied from a Pinterest pin I found a while back is the inspiration for my rainbow colored classroom.
I absolutely LOVE pom-poms...if you can't tell. I took this picture while standing on my computer tables because I felt like I was up in a pom-pom wonderland while I was standing there to hang things up! I am just so excited about it! I have 6 groups...one for each color of the rainbow. The rest of my room just involves LOTS of rainbow colors everywhere!
As you may be able to tell from this picture...and maybe you saw my earlier posts about it...Each color is color coordinated to match their supplies on their bookshelves! I love this about the room because I am seriously OCD about things like this! I looooove organization and coordination! The kids always know where things belong and they understand they cannot take from another group's bookshelf! Take a look at this picture below to get a better glimpse at green group's bookshelf.
So on the top there is a basket where I pass out papers that we will be using in class that day. I do this in the morning so that while I am teaching, their materials and work is already there waiting for them! No more passing out papers while I try to talk :) There is also the clear, little cup where they receive team pom-poms if they are on tasks or doing great that day!
The top shelf has their canvas with inspirational quote, group journal, team leader pin (team leader for certain activities gets to wear it!), paper clips and binder clips, pens, pencils, and highlighters (which are their group color, of course!).
The middle shelf has their mini dry-erase boards, the bin with socks for erasers and markers, and loose leaf paper.
The bottom shelf is home to the group dictionary right now, but will be home to their morning work journals and other class related things that we don't need to stuff in their cubbies or desks :)
The reading corner is full of pom-poms, too! I also have class supplies on the shelf where my "Catch a Habit" station is (explain in a different post). I just looove the reading corner because it has that cozy, closed feeling, but it is open enough for me to see everyone in there!
This is the view from the back of the room. You can see my math alphabet (FREEBIE), and the "We Love 5th Grade" banner hanging over it. I just love the bright colors and I know it is going to make me so happy to be in a room so colorful :) Is it bad that I already can't wait to keep adding to the decor?
Now for the bulletin boards.....
I have a Math Vocabulary bulletin board where I will keep the vocabulary we are using at that time. Once we move on to something new, these words will move to our Word Wall, and new ones will take a place on this board :)
Get the letters that are on both of these bulletin board displays HERE
This is usually a favorite bulletin board for the students - Super Work! They LOVE for their work to be displayed here! It is directly over the spot where we turn in homework, so it is right when you walk in the door...where everyone sees it! It is always excited to see the students' faces when they walk in and see their work on this board! I, of course, try to rotate the work as often as possible so that all students get to know this feeling!
Here is the Word Wall I mentioned earlier! I just can't wait until words start to fill this wall! This is the wall over the students' cubbies. It is a huge wall that is super high up, so I made it something that can stay up all year (since it is so hard to change a bulletin over the cubbies!).
Here is our computer station! The 7 Habits (FREEBIE) signs are on the top, and then our student work bulletin is below it. We are a "School of Global Leadership" so I like that this bulletin brings in the 'global' side of things :) I found it online here.
There are different encouraging words from various languages, as well as the location and flag of a place where that language is spoken! I am excited to fill this wall with work created by my students! :)
I just love the class jobs I created! This is my latest creation for my Leadership classroom :) There are 12 different jobs, but I have 14 different students with a job at a time...because some have 2 students per job. The other students are "sharpening the saw" while they do not have a class job that week.
Find them HERE
These jobs target Leadership classrooms! I am super excited about them. I tried to use real jobs as the job titles. For example, rather than "Line Leader", we have a "Navigator" :) and rather than "Announcer" or something simple, we have a "Public Relations Spokesman" :)
We use this technique for students hand raising in all of our fifth grade rooms...so that it remains consistent. They simply raise that number using their fingers and we can nod to them 'yes' or 'no' without having to stop class...because we know what they want/need by looking at their fingers. It has always worked really great!
The students are told not to abuse this system, though. They know that they should not raise a 3 in the middle of the lesson, for example.
I have talked about this calendar before, but I just love it so much that I had to add it to my final classroom design post! You can see my "how we get home" poster to the left. I don't have mine posted on TpT, but my sister at Kindergarten Smiles, has an AWESOME one of these for sale in different color choices! This calendar set is on sale on my TpT. You can make your own of these if you have the space! I used electrical tape and magnetic sheeting. I cut up the magnetic sheeting and hot glued it to the back of my calendar set pieces. This is working like a charm and I just LOVE it! I can't wait to display all of our special events on this calendar! I love viewing the whole month at once. A student's planner does not allow them that luxury, so I am glad that they will be able to see the whole month at a time in my classroom!
This shelving is behind my desk. It has anything and everything teacher-related on it! On the top, I have our buckets with our treasure prizes in them, all of m "7 Habits" materials, my CD player, and our buckets where I put students work once it is graded and ready to be taken back to the correct homeroom for filing. (I teach math to all 3 of our fifth grade classes, so I have to send student work back to the proper homeroom. It is so simple to just put it in the proper bucket and send a student over to the classroom with it!)
This filing organizer sits on my desk. It has anything and everything on it! The blue folders are where I put class homework once collected. The purple folders have papers I need to grade, and possibly take home to complete. The green folder is my "Later Gator" folder, for things I just need to put aside and get to later! The yellow folders are things that need to be filed, copied, laminated, or created into a poster. The orange files are empty for the most part, but I use them when I send a message to another teacher or someone in the office. There is a folder for each person I ever send a message to, so the student will not forget where they are going! The red folder is for forms that I have collected,
like field trip forms :)
I have already posted about this, but figured I would add it here, too! These are my plans for the week, organized by class, subject, and day of the week. This is sooo great when I have a sub because everything they need is there and I do not really need to write a lot on the sub plans, since it is already filed by subject and class :) This is one of my favorite things in my room! It has definitely come in handy!
I hope you enjoyed looking at my classroom! I am really pleased with how it turned out. I hope that the students love it as much as I do! I can't wait to meet my students and get started on this new year! It feels so great to know that my room is done and I am ready for school!
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