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It is officially back to school time!  We went back last week.  What fun it is to start back and see all those sweet children coming back with new backpacks, shoes, and clothes.   This is my entry to my classroom.  My name sign is hand painted from a previous parent.  It says in the corner I love to read!  Perfect for me!

Reading Focus Wall

This is my reading focus wall area this year.  I want students to be focused on the comprehension skills we cover.  I am excited about this new wall!

Classroom Library

These are my classroom library shelves.  Students get to check out books here.  I have a lot of books.  I am thinking I am in some serious need of some new baskets!

pom poms

 I love having the pom poms!  They add a nice pop of color.  Behind them is my shelf of teaching materials.  I keep all my sets of books in baskets there.  Plus my assessing materials- DRA and IRI.  

Reading Corner

This would be our reading corner.  The kids LOVE those rocker chairs!! We have had to set up a schedule to rotate who gets to sit in them.  You can also see my library checkout system.  

Reading Areas with wipe off tables

These two tables are critical to my teaching.  This is where we do our group work and reading of our books.  The tables are wipe-off tables.  The students love to be able to write on the tables!

Reader's Notebooks and Familiar Read Baskets

I have lots going on at this shelf.  My word choice anchor charts are above it.  And no, those are not real dollar bills!  My second graders and third graders reading notebooks are kept here because they take up a bit of room.  I keep the familiar read baskets on the bottom shelf.  The rest is an assortment of materials we use each day.

This is my sink area.  I have a mirror there for quick checks.  It is amazing how you can go through a day and be so busy that you have no idea your hair was such a mess!  My other name sign hangs here.  It was a gift from my friend, Tammy at Forever in First.  I love it!


This is a shot from the back of my room looking towards my SmartBoard.  Our PTO bought us new speakers for them this year.  Yay!  I have fans hanging from the ceiling in this area.

Teacher's Desk

This is my teacher's desk.  It looks so nice and neat right now!  That won't last long.  I don't like it messy, but I do get a couple of piles from all the paperwork in my job!

Read Aloud Area

This is where I do the majority of my read alouds and comprehension skills.  The students sit on the carpet while I use the pocket chart or easel to teach the comprehension skills that we will be working on.

Word Wall

This area will be my word wall.  It sits in front of the wipe off tables.  I will be blogging at another time about using a word wall and activities to do with it. 

I hope you enjoyed my classroom tour!  I love to take peeks into other teacher's classrooms to see how their areas are set up and how they do things in their room.  I wish you all a wonderful school year!!

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  1. It looks fantastic! Next week at this time I'll be done, I can't wait! I love your pom poms and your wipe off tables!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  2. I am SO jealous :) I love your Smart board, and your library. Your reading focus wall is perfect!!! You are so lucky to have so much space :) My school's enrollment keeps going up, and the reading/math/special education teachers keep getting moved to smaller areas. This year, pretty much everything has to be push in, due to space issues.

  3. Your room looks so great, Lori! I also am impressed with all the space you have and that you have a SmartBoard! Do you start groups this week?
    Your mirror comment cracked me up- at the end of the day i'll look in the mirror some days and be thinking, really this is what my hair has looked like all day?! :)
    Learning to the Core

  4. This looks great! I agree - seeing other rooms is so much fun. :)

  5. Your room looks awesome!! I can see that you put a lot of thought and time into it:)
    Connie Anderson:)
    Welcome To First Grade Room 5

  6. Lori, I LOVE your classroom! I feel so inspired to get going on mine tomorrow! I have a question- how did you get wipe-off tables? Did you paint on them, or did they come that way?
    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  7. The only thing better would be visiting your room in person. (So glad you like your sign!)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  8. It looks GrEAT, Lori!
    I love the flowers on your desk and the wipe off tables:)

  9. I love your room Lori! It's open, has lots of comfortable seating and activity areas, and is wonderfully organized. I know what you mean about freshening up baskets: I bought new activity and materials tubs this summer. Though they weren't a big purchase, they certainly ended up making quite the impact. So glad you shared and also linked up so my readers could find you too!

    Have a great year!


  10. Thanks for the tour Lori. It's fun to have a look at others people's set ups and your space is gorgeous. Isn't it satisfying to finally take the photos before the Little Learners arrive and mess things up! All the best for a great year.
    Julie :-)
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

  11. Thanks for sharing- your room looks awesome! Very organized and appealing to kids ;)
    Love the mirror- a girl's hair can get messed up, or even worse, you've got paint or marker on your face!
    Still setting up my room, UGH! Just a few more days before we start...
    Take care,
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  12. Thanks Sally! Good luck finishing up your classroom. Hope you have a great year!

  13. Thanks Bridget! I have been very blessed with space. I keep waiting for the year to come that I lose it!

  14. Thanks Aylin! I am in the middle of assessing K and 1 this week. I am hoping to be finished and start groups next week. The sooner I start the better!

  15. Thanks so much, HoJo! It IS fun to see everyone's rooms!

  16. Thank you Connie! I have to be organized with the number of students that come and go!

  17. Thanks so much, Mrs. Leeby! We bought the wipe off tables that way. They are expensive but sooo handy and the kids love them!

  18. Tammy, I would love for you to come visit my room! And yes, that sign is great! Love it!

  19. Thank you, Barbara! The flowers are new this year. I think I like them. :)

  20. Thanks for coming by, Michaela! I think new baskets would make a big impact too. I will have to do that. Thanks for having the link up!

  21. Thank you Julie! I love seeing other's rooms too. So glad you came by!

  22. Thank you so much, Karli! Good luck finishing your room. I hope it is a wonderful year for you!

  23. Thank you Erica!! Hope you have a wonderful school year! :)

  24. Thanks for linking up with my Classroom Tour linky! I love your classroom...especially your word wall and the flowers!
    Best of luck this school year!

    Bits of First Grade

  25. Thank you Brigid!! I am glad that you had the linky!

  26. Thanks for linking up! Your room looks great and really big! I need some of those library shelves. Mine don't hold hardly anything and I have tons of books.

    Swimming into Second

  27. Looks great!!! Thanks for sharing!

    First Grade and Fabulous

  28. Thanks Courtney! Our high school ag department made those shelves several years ago for us. They are so nice!

  29. Thank you, DeAnne, for coming by to see my room!


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