Friday, August 23, 2013

Five for Friday~Organizing and Labeling

Hi, Friends! How are ya? I’m linking up with Kacey at Doodlebugs Teaching for this week’s Five for Friday. It’s been a whirlwind of a week all wrapped up in one big pre-service bow! Our first week back was filled with lots of learning, fun, and laughter…..but went by much faster than expected!

The name of the game in the classroom this week was ORGANIZATION…check out a few more of the details that have been added over the last few days!


Prep for our math stations routines have begun. You can read about what we did last year HERE. We, generally have 6 stations in place to practice math skills. One of those stations, includes computer games. Each tub is labeled with the same number card that is on the chart. Once we’ve completed our whole group lesson, and independent work and/or {re}teaching at our desks, then student groups take the numbered bucket to the designated area of the room marked by the matching number hanging on the wall.


Our gathering place for class meetings has been established. Supplies are close at hand to use with shared reading and writing. I try to keep the books that I’ll use for the grading period close at hand. These books are ones that I will read aloud. Students may browse these books as a class reward, but do not get to select these as “good fit” books. Our easel will also house objectives written as our morning message, in kid friendly language.


Labels, labels, labels are popping up everywhere….

…including in our guided reading area!

ANNNNND, last night was THE night! I got to meet my new batch of “littles”! I am absolutely head over heels in love with my new class! Meeting the new crew and having so many former students come by to visit made the night very fun and exciting!


Now, I’m off to go plan for routines and lots of fun to kick off the year on Monday morning! If you think you might be able to use any of the labels pictured above, click HERE to grab them! The file includes each of the sets of labels above, including the math stations rotation chart.

Have a great weekend!


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