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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of our classroom. It is going to be an awesome year!