Sunday, September 8, 2013

Setting up My Classroom for Reading and Writing

I put the students in long groups so they can utilize the other parts of the room for pairs/triads/group work.

My literacy stations for two classes. I put the students in groups on Post-it notes and rotate the Post-its. I have the ability to change the groups if friends get off task or not ability to work together. I keep the stations for two weeks because I am pulling guided reading groups and meeting with Book Clubs. 

I use Ikea magazine boxes for the students to keep their spirals, books, and earbuds in. 

My classroom library is sorted by genres. On each label has the genre and a kid-friendly definition. I try to create space for reading as well. Think that you need at least 100 books per student. I have a couple thousand at the moment. Students are always welcome to take them home. I do it on an honor system. I look into their eyes and tell them that I trust them. I usually get my books back. My friend and I have a philosophy: if the book does not come back, then the child needs the book more I do.
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My read aloud chair with more genres and small bookshelf. We are starting the year with Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

This shelf had an old Dell computer and hundreds of skinny books from the adoption. Totally clustered. I purchased a couple of lamps and put a few book tubs for another reading space for the kids. 

I put both classes names on the desk. Lime green for my class and blue for the other class. First thing the students will see is their Writer's Notebook (and fun silly bands). 

A long view of my class. Empty walls to build with the students. Try to avoid pre-made anchor charts. 

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