view is from the front door looking straight ahead. You
will notice her kidney bean guided reading table with
her word wall bulletin board behind it. Also, the
right, behind the reading table, is a small round table
without legs (a la Debbie Miller) for students to work
On her guided
reading table, Mrs. Nelson keeps her lesson plan binder,
as well as a bucket of stuff (pens, scissors, pencils,
stickers, etc). Behind the table she keeps some of
her resource binders. To the right of the table
are large blue bins labeled with each day of the week.
This is where Mrs. Nelson stores her activities for the
To the right
of her blue bins is a brown shelf of math tubs.
These tubs store math manipulatives and they also are
used for Math Their Way tubs. These tubs are a
great way to develop student number sense.
Students create different combination of ten with
here to read about this wonderful program.
Here is a
close up of her word wall and the guided reading area.
Above the bulletin board is her alphabet line.
Mrs. Nelson uses a commercial alphabet line, but she
also personalizes it with her children. Each child
is given a picture to paint to replace the commercial
picture. For example a student painted the picture
of the cat to match the letter c.
You can also
get an idea of how this whole area is arranged as well
as see her calendar board. Her calendar is to the right
of the word wall.
This is just
another view of the same area.
This is the
view from the front door looking slightly to the right.
Here you can see how she has her work area arranged.
While I have my meeting are to the side of the room,
Mrs. Nelson has hers in the middle of the students table
area. All of the student's tables surround the
has create a "hallway" effect when entering her room
using child sized desks and cardboard shoe organizers.
She covered the shoe organizers in blue contact paper.
The organizers are used as student's cubbies for papers
to go home in the Friday folder. To make labeling
the cubbies easy, she has written each child's name
(blurred out) on a sheet of construction paper, then
laminated the sheets. These papers stick out just
far enough so you can still see the names when filing!
desks are crates of clip boards to work around the room.
The inside of the desk is used for white board storage.
notice the very large wooden loft in the background.
These lofts were build several years ago by the school's
PTA. These rooms have very high ceilings and can
easily clear the ceiling.
On each of
the student table are small white baskets of crayons, a
beta fish tank (yes, there is a live beta fish in
there!) and a blue tub of supplies.
Inside of the
blue supply tub are these really neat "cheat sheets' for
the students to use. The sheets are on red construction
paper and are front and back. They are great
reference sheets for the kids!
Here is the