Classroom Decorations 2015-2016

I usually post this before the kids come back to school. This year, due to my unfortunate injury, that didn’t happen. Mostly because I wasn’t back in time, but also because I hadn’t finished decorating by the time the kids came back. It was presentable, mind you, just not…done. Things need labels. Moving had to occur. It didn’t help that the week kids came back in my room, the county was there installing my new BrightLink Projector (more coming on this later!) The front of my classroom became the back, and vice versa.

This year, I wanted something light and rustic. No dark colors to bring down the mood. I also wanted functional – boards I could reference but that would could be changed and students mastered skills. I scoured Pinterest for ideas.

Here is what I came up with…some things I had last year. Some things were added this year. IMG_0439 (2)

Bulletin Boards:

My banned book board is a hit with kids. It has really drawn their attention to these titles and the kids have started reading some of them already. I’ve got a range of titles, from all genres, topics and eras. I hung short descriptions underneath each book so kids could get a quick idea of what they are about. I asked my C&M team to borrow some caution tape (which I need to give back..whoops.) Super easy. Super cool to see kids get pumped about reading.

IMG_0423

My writing board will be a topic of discussion the more we begin writing. I want students to understand that writing isn’t just the academic paper writing they think of. It is any expression of ideas. I found the idea for creating the banner on Pinterest. I went to the craft store and bought the chevron pennants and some acrylic paint. I used a ruler to mark the zigzags and then painted. It took a couple of coats to cover 100%. Then, I projected the letters using my LCD and traced using a black paint marker. Used a mix of yarn and hemp to hang them. The different types of writing were just typed up a in google doc, printed and then glued on to lined yellow paper. The tissue paper poof was made last year using tissue paper and a tutorial I found on Pinterest. (Did I mention I love Pinterest?) It is also where I found the inspiration for this awesome board! (I admit, it was TPT item and it was a whopping $10. Which, I can’t afford, so I recreated it. But in case you want to buy it, I’ve included THE LINK.)

IMG_0422

The final section of this board is my “prove it!” board. Another great idea found on Pinterest. I talk to my kids ALL.OF.THE.TIME about backing up what they say. This was a perfect board to use as a reference. Wit the sentence starters right there, when I ask them to prove it, I can ask them reference the starters to help them build their arguments. I also give this to them on a Google Doc and have WAY more sentence starters broken up by skill (connect, predict, etc.).

IMG_0425
Found on learni.st

My last fun Pinterest find turned classroom tool is this exit ticket bucket system. The pictures on Pinterest do not link to the original poster, but here is another blogger who referenced the same picture. Basically, students will fill out their exit ticket, and drop it in the appropriate bucket on their way out. Haven’t tried it out yet, but I’m hoping if I have them do it on small pieces of paper, the buckets will be big enough. I’m thinking I will ask a question and they will answer on the paper before dropping it in. This will give me an idea who sure they were about their answer before I even read what they put. IMG_0426I love decorating my room. It may have been why I dreamed of being a teacher as a kid.

Advertisements

One thought on “Classroom Decorations 2015-2016

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s