Sunday, April 21, 2013

Linkies, Products, and Rolling Carts - oh, my!

Today I'm linking up with Latoya from Flying Into First Grade for her Let's Get Acquainted linky.

This week's topic is the 3 most favorite places in your classroom. 

That’s so tricky!  I have had a tough time with liking the arrangement of my classroom this year.  I’m sad to say I don’t have many pictures to put up.  It seems like the first year in a new grade never leaves my room looking neat and pretty.
  1. The first would be my business board. It is the hub of my daily operations!  This is a photo from the very beginning of the year.  I have everything on this board that I need to make the day run smoothly.  I keep track of transportation changes and notes on the white board, clip notes for other places underneath, and have all the daily schedule stuff for everyone to see. I also put up a lunch menu and hang out lunch order slips.  It makes it easy to tell a sub where to find everything needed to organize the day.                                            P8300092

  2. My other place would be my tall bookshelf.  I built it with my husband to fit in my last classroom.  It has rows of magazine holders with all of my themes and topics that I teach through the year.  The kids do not take books from the shelf – it contains all of my books for teaching during the year.  It makes me happy to see everything organized and in rainbow color order!

  3. The last place is my guided reading table.  It is in front of my window and I have all of my materials organized behind it.  I will take a picture tomorrow if I get a chance!
I have a new set of centers!  I prettied up all of my spelling centers that I keep in spelling pockets.  They look so cute now and my students are loving the new look.  Click on the images to pick up a set on TPT.


Here is the other piece of my spelling work in my classroom.  Click on the images to grab a copy of the activity sheets I use with my class.


I keep all of my materials organized in these envelopes and place them, along with my students’ lists in the crate.  It makes for a pretty easy system.


On another note, I picked up this cart on sale last summer and have yet to use it in my classroom.  I saw a bunch of teachers used it and had it in their blog pics. When I saw the price, I couldn’t help but pick it up. Any suggestions on what to use it for?

Have a happy Monday!


  1. I picked my reading table as one of my favorites too. I would love to have that cart! I would keep my guided reading materials in it.
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  2. ooh that cart is awesome- I'd use it for either art supplies or as task boxes for different groups during maths or reading rotations!

    I just found you through the linky and am your 199th follower! I was tempted to come back later so I could be your 200th but thought I'd let someone else claim it haha!

    x Serena x
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  3. I love my cart! Where did you order yours from? I use mine to hold my math centers. They are organized by units!

  4. Yeah! I'm approaching 200 followers! I wonder if that will all be wiped out when Google gets rid of Reader. I think I will need to have a giveaway!

    Courtney, I picked up my cart at either Michaels or Joann Fabrics. I used the wider one with 20 or so drawers for math, but the drawers would get off track and that really bothered me. I have not had them in my 3rd grade room all year and have to say that I didn't really mind until I saw the box with a brand new cart sitting in my basement! I just need to find the perfect reason to use it!

  5. Hi Christine! That cart looks like something I could definitely use in my classroom! Happy to become your 200th follower!

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