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Reading Room Reveal

We've been back in class for a few weeks getting settled in to new routines and classrooms.  It's been a great start!  My classroom theme is really a theme of colors.  I am using blue, teal, and lime green.  It feels calm and cool!


Reading Room Reveal

The first picture is what you see when you first enter my room.  This is what you see looking to the right.  

Centers Rotation Board

Here is my centers board.  I haven't added student names yet.  This is where we will rotate through the centers on Fridays.

Anecdotal Records Notebooks for Reading

This table keeps me organized and ready to go!  In the file box, I keep extra pages to my Interactive Reader's Notebook.  If a student runs out, I can just pull from there and keep going.  In the white basket, on the other side, is where I keep my Anecdotal Records Notebooks for each grade.  I like to keep notes on the students and their skills.  It is so important so that I can keep each student moving forward and differentiate their learning.  

Reading Room Reveal

My teacher's desk area.  And in full disclosure, I think I had to move a pile or two of papers from the top of my desk to a drawer so I could take this picture!!  If you look carefully, you can see my coffee sitting on the desk that I forgot to remove before snapping this photo. 


Reading Room Reveal

I keep my literature sets in leveled baskets on a shelf by my desk.  These are the books I pull from to teach in my small groups.  I don't have any basal readers in my room.  I don't use a program so that leaves me able to use quality literature that my students will enjoy!


Reading Room Reveal

This is my classroom library area.  I do have my library leveled.  I have students from kindergarten up through grade four coming in to my room for class or RTI.  So I needed a way to help them be more strategic in choosing books for themselves since I have a wide range.  

I Can Statements Focus Wall

I am using an I Can Focus Wall this year.  The I Can statements are from Create-Abilities on TpT.  

Small Group Materials Baskets

These small group materials baskets sit on my tables, on top of our iPads.  I have tried different methods of organizing materials and how to get them into students' hands quickly.  This is working really well this year.  I have their pencil, dry erase marker, and cosmetic puff for an eraser in there.  I used to use wash clothes, but my youngest students struggled with them being larger.  These little puffs are great!  I also keep a reading strategies bookmark in the basket.  The bookmarks match the reading strategies posters I have on the wall.  These bookmarks and posters are from Nicole Bunt on TpT.  I am using the paint strips for sound boxes and storing them in each basket too.  The students can pull those out when they need to stretch a word when writing.  If you ask in the paint section for the paint strips, they will probably let you have some.  The workers have always been very nice to me and allow me to have some for my room.  

Fluency Center

This is my fluency area this year.  The speech bubble is from IKEA.  I have sight words hanging on rings on the wall.  The students will practice fluency with reading short stories and working with comprehension during centers here.

Interactive Reader's Notebooks

Under my Centers board is where my Interactive Reader's Notebooks are kept.  As students come into the room, they grab their notebooks to take to the table with them.  It is also their responsibility to put away all our materials when we are done.  I don't use notebooks that require a lot of cutting and gluing.  This notebook is more of an organizational tool with different sections- Word Work, Comprehension, Vocabulary, etc... I love using them and have found it a great way to show a student's progression of skills all in one place.  

Have you already started back to school or do you start this Tuesday?  


12 comments:

  1. I just love your room, Lori! It's so very organized and set up so well for all your readers!
    Aylin :)
    Learning to the Core

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    1. Thank you Aylin! Glad you like it!

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  2. What a cute room, Lori! Love the colors!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I think the colors are calming for the kids.

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  3. What a cute room, Lori! Love the colors!

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  4. Your room looks great as expected. I'd love to visit!

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    1. I really wish you could come for a visit, Tammy! Wouldn't that be great!

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  5. I am using teal and purple colors this year, it's a little slow coming together. Your room looks calm and cool, which is perfect! We have been in school several weeks now, our district insists on using research based curriculum only, so lots of direct instruction, it's not a bad thing, but it is difficult to find time for leveled books and I really want to use them! great organization ! thanks for the peek into your classroom. Paula @ educating children with disabilities.blogspot.com

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    1. I like teal and purple together too, Paula!

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    1. Thank you Barb! Those colors are some of my favorites!

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  7. I absolutely love your room! I am a first year teacher with K through 5 and keeping everything organized has been a struggle. I am going to borrow some of your fantastic ideas! Thanks!

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