READING CORNER: Our “jungle-themed” reading corner is a great place to hang out in the comfy chairs and read your favorite book. Students can also take a cushion or fuzzy rug and find their own quiet spot to sit on the floor and read.
BOOK BINS: These are the student’s book baskets. They keep their reading journal in there along with 10 books (8 at their reading level and 2 that are one level below it). Students can get their baskets during center time and DEAR time, as well as anytime that they are done with their work and would like to read.
LISTENING CENTER: This is the listening center. Students can come over to listen to stories as well as take the mini tape players back to their desk or a quiet spot to listen to a story.
CLASSROOM LIBRARY:This is our classroom library. All books are organized in baskets and are leveled with DRA reading levels.
GUIDED READING AREA: This is our guided reading table. Students come over to meet with me during center time. Students are grouped by their reading level. The bookshelves behind the table contain the leveled books that are used for guided reading. Students take home their reading bag, which contains their book from reading group, to practice reading each night.
WRITING CENTER: This is our writing center. Students can come over to use references such as dictionaries and thesaurus’s. They can also use decorated stationary to publish their final copies.
PROMETHEAN BOARD: This is our Promethean Board. It is a wonderful piece of technology and a great educational tool. Students come up daily to use the board for all subject areas.
COMPUTER CENTER: Students are allowed to use the computers when they are finished with their work as well as during indoor recess. I have many educational CD games that they can play. Students also are allowed to use any of the progams that we have used in the computer lab.
FILLING BUCKETS BOARD: This is our “Bucket Filling” board. Students helped brainstorm ways to fill people’s buckets and I wrote them on the big poster. Students then signed a small bucket that said, “I will try my best this year to be a bucket filler”. They then cut out their buckets and we put them around the big bucket poster.
READING GENRE BOARD: This is our reading genre board. We will be learning about different types of genres this year. As we read stories we will discuss which genre it is and we will then place a small colored copy of the book cover onto the genre board. After Christmas, students will start keeping track of the genres that they are reading on a graph that they will keep in their book bins.
CENTERS: While I am working with my guided reading groups, students work independently on centers. Some centers are at the tables and students go there to complete them and some centers are in baskets on the back counter and students take them back to their seats to complete.
Word Wall: Our word wall is used daily during our Daily 5 time. Children can chose to go to the word wall during “Word Work”. There is a basket over there with different activities in it to do with the word wall words.