Keeping with the organization theme, this is what I did with our Target Reading materials. Target Reading is a reading program we use every morning that helps spiral in a lot of the concepts the kids have learned over the year. All of the materials were a little overwhelming for me, that is until I decided to laminate the folders and stick them inside the closet door!
This was a big project for me this week. Our new Homeworkopoly board! I’ve been struggling with some of my students bringing their homework completed on Fridays (big surprise, right?) so I am hoping that this little gem will help encourage them to complete it! You can get the template and read more about the rules at this TeachersPayTeachers store.
I found plastic business card holders at OfficeDepot for around $1.50 and attached a magnet strip to the back of each to hold the “Community Lunchbox” and “Chance” cards once I finish making them.
This is our reading goal chart that hangs right by the front door to the room. When I tested all my kids at the beginning of the year to find out their reading level, they all got a “goal” level based on the amount of growth we would hope to see from them. I tested all of my kiddos again before we went on winter break and they got to chart how many levels they have grown. I think this is an awesome way to give them a visual representation of where they need to be and how much further they have to get there. The kids of really gotten into to; I catch them pointing to their number and counting levels to see how far they are from their goals all the time!
And last but not least is the writing showcase wall (below). This wall is not actually in my classroom because of space issues, so I put it right outside in the hallway :). I got the idea to use gallon sized plastic bags from some of the 4th grade teachers (who I’m sure borrowed it from someone else). It really makes changing out the work so easy and the kids can even help! The work in them right now is a rough draft of a personal story.
3. ANOTHER picture of Breckenridge because I think it is so beautiful there 🙂
4. No more cracked iPhone 4s!!! I upgraded today to a pretty new white and gold 5s! Now I need to find a truly life proof case to protect it (the actual LifeProof case proved not to be so life proof)…