Tour Our Classroom

Welcome to Our Classroom!

This is what you will see when you walk in our classroom door.  In this picture desks are set up for the first day of school.  You will have folders for Writing, Reading, and Work in Progress.  You will also have a Writing Draft Book, and a Science Notebook.  5th Grade Students have a Planner too.  All of these things will help you build the organizational skills you will need as you move into middle school, and then high school. classroom picture
mailbox picture This is our check-in area.  The first job of the day for each student, is to move their clothespin to show that they are present, and indicate if they are ordering a lunch or have brought a lunch from home.  Students also report on homework completion.  A black X on the homework chart means that you did all assigned homework.  A red circle means that all homework was not completed.  It is important to have no more than three red circles per month.  At the end of each month, we have a homework celebration party for responsible students.  Last year, we had a tailgate cookout, roller skating parties, and movie and game parties.  I'm not sure what we will do this year, but I know it will be fun.   I hope every single student gets to attend! 
This is our materials area.  Posted above the materials bins is the Literacy Rotation Chart.  During Reading Workshop, you will be working in a number of different rotations:  Small Group with the teacher; Assignment; or Book Bag.  Book Bag is when you get to read a book of your choice, or perhaps work on a selected reading from a book club you have chosen to participate in. materials area picture
small group picture This is a small group area.  Students will work with Mrs. Miller in small groups for many different things.  We might have a literature circle/book club, an instructional group for Reading, Math or Word Study, or a Writer's Group.  There aren't any groups that meet with the same kids for the same reason all year.  Groups are   "flexible groups" - that means they are based on the strategies and skills students need to learn, not on their ability.
This is our resource area.  It contains student dictionaries and thesauri, and other resource materials students can use in Reading and Writing.  The top rack will eventually contain books that have been chosen especially for you, based on your answers to a Reading Survey.  Students will be working with reading buddies and in content area book clubs.  These pairs/clubs help us to have amazing conversations about books and what we are learning! resource area picture
meeting area picture This is our meeting area.  We will gather here for mini-lessons during Reading and Writing Workshop.  I am sure you have noticed the bare walls.  By the end of the first trimester, they will be covered with charts that we have created together.  They will be "living walls" that contain a record of all we have studied and learned together.  This area also houses our classroom library.  Our library contains over 1200 book titles!  We have books from many different genres including realistic fiction, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, informational text, biography, and traditional literature.  That means, you won't have any problem finding that "just right" book!  We have classroom subscriptions to some terrific magazines too:  Cobblestone, Odyssey, and Sports Illustrated for Kids.
This is the spot in the room that contains my desk.  However, you won't usually find me sitting at it - there are too many exciting things happening in the rest of the classroom!  It does have some great pictures of my family though, and a really neat picture made by my BSILF Jean Miller (that's my Best Sister-In-Law-Forever).  You are more than welcome to stop by anytime and take a look! Mrs. Miller's area picture
Mrs. Miller
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of our classroom.  It is going to be an awesome year!
Mrs. Miller