Our classroom is where we spend most of our day; therefore we want it to be as welcoming as possible. Enjoy the pictures of our room. Our theme this year is The Wizard of Oz!
Each morning we start our day with Target Reading. It is a reading program that spirals through reading skills. A few examples of skills that it works on are main idea, summary, author’s purpose and it also builds fluency.
Building responsibility is important in a 2nd grade classroom. This is our ‘Hearty Helper’ chart. Each week we rotate which students are responsible for each job.
At our school we support a positive and proactive classroom management program called CHAMPs. We encourage each of our students to act like a CHAMP!
Wall space is limited so we have a hanging word wall. These are our ‘no excuse’ words that students are expected to spell correctly in everything that they do. Each week we add more words to our wall.
We also try to be bucket fillers in our classroom. A bucket filler encourages their classmates and build them up with positive comments.
These are our book boxes. Each student has a book box that they fill on their ‘shopping day.’ These are their books for the week that they use during read to self time. Above the boxes are our word work tubs. During word work, the students grab a tub and work on that week’s words. The tubs include activities such as stamping, rainbow words, magnetic letters, wiki sticks, and stencils.
This is our writing center. It includes paper to use during writer’s workshop as well as editing tools. Also on the wall we have lists of better words to use and our writing process.
This is our number corner. We meets here each day to work on mathematics skills such as counting coins, reading calendars, comparing numbers and many more skills. The skills that we work on change each month.
This is our classroom library. As the year progresses, I add books to our library from my ‘secret book stash.’ Our library just seems to grow and grow. This is where the students shop each week for their books. Each shelf stands for a different level of book. The binders on the bottom row are our writing notebooks that we fill weekly with items that help us become awesome writers.
To go with our theme, each student has their picture posted with them standing on the yellow brick road. We had to travel quite a far way away to Oz to have these pictures made, but it was worth it!