Thursday, July 25, 2013

Classroom Makeover: Week 4

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I've been enjoying summer a little too much lately (is that possible?) and haven't done a whole bunch in my classroom, but I have managed to get a couple of tasks completed.

Completed: Our Word Wall
This originally was one big pink board that I was going to use for writing, but I couldn't find a good place for the word wall. So I decided to divide this big board and use it was two things. There isn't a whole lot of room for writing, but we can display a few things on it like an anchor chart for the weekly skill.

 Completed: Instagram Door/Board
In my little independent reading area there's a door that leads to the air conditioning unit. I originally thought I would hate this but it creates the nicest humming sound...kinda like a fan. I'm dreaming if I think the room will ever be quiet enough to actually hear the calming sound, but it's nice while it lasts! :)
Anyways, back to the picture. I thought it would be nice to have an area in the classroom to display the pictures we take throughout the year, so I created an Instagram board/door. I found this perfect wrapping paper ($2.50!) at TJ Maxx. I was a little worried about the quality, but it was so easy to work with!

 Completed: Spicing up my marker storage
This was the tiniest of projects, but I've been wanting to do this forever.

Completed: The Twitter Board
I took this picture before I added the "today's question". I'll post a question (not every single day) and the class will "tweet" their answers. 

 Completed: Poms and Table Labeling
I couldn't get a good shot of all the poms. Three are green and three are pink. This took FOREVER, but I feel much more organized now. :)


  1. Ohmygosh. I'm totally making a twitter and instagram for my room! Great ideas!!!!

    Mr. First Grade

  2. I just repinned half of your pictures. I love the Instagram door and Twitter board!!! I wonder if my second graders would get it. I want to do it!!

    Bitty Bilinguals

  3. Love the Instagram door! 5th graders will LOVE that! I may have to steal this idea :)

    Teachery Tidbits

  4. I did a Twitter board last year with my first graders and most of them knew what it was supposed to be. When kids from other grades came in (for various reasons) someone would ask, "Is that a Twitter board?"

  5. I LOVE your room!!! So bright and colorful!

  6. Great ideas! I too will have to try to make some of these boards! Thanks for posting before the school year starts!!

  7. I love your new marker holders and the wrapping paper! I've been looking for some to cover my ugly gray metal bookshelf! That is super cute!

    First Grade Fabulosity

  8. Your decor looks awesome! It is perfect for the grade you are moving to as well!! Great job :)! I can't wait to see more!

    K-3 Kathleen

  9. OBSESSED with your word wall and your markers storage! I may have to try it. =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  10. Looks great!! Love the Instagram and the twitter idea!


  11. I love your INSTAGRAM board-so creative!!