Welcome to my classroom!

by becky on August 27, 2011

Holy loooong week, batman! I finished my 4th day today and all I know is, I’m wiped. I fully intend to sit and watch tv tonight and do one or two things nothing for school. As for my classroom, it’s been an ongoing battle with myself to change/not change things around. In fact, just today after school, I moved and rearranged some things again. I’m starting to get that homey feeling and I’m not feeling so suffocated by papers, bins, and technology carts. I am so HAPPY to report that I LOVE my new class. They are super sweet and little. I actually feel tall next to a few of my kiddos. At 5’3”, that’s an accomplishment. 🙂

I’m not ready to post all 4 walls of my room yet, as I haven’t quite figured them out. But, I hope you enjoy peeking into my wonderful world in Room 19.  As my doorway says, “It’s the spot to be!”

This is my bulletin board that greets the kids. I LOVE how it turned out. In case you haven’t noticed, I have a thing with using a LOT of colors… it’s the Punky Brewster in me!

This is my newly redone (took FOREVER) Focus Wall. I added a Grammar spot, moved the vocabulary chart directly next to the Focus Wall on the left, and added the Six Traits Categories. I plan to put the writing skills I cover with my class underneath the correct category as I teach them. Kinda Daily 5 style. The pencil on the bottom is my Writing Workshop chart for my kids to complete the writing process.

This is a side view of my library fresh with new labels. The big reason it took so long for me to set up my classroom was because I decided to take all my books off of my white store bought book shelves and I am using my entire back wall of built ins. I liked using the bookshelves, but with all the extra furniture that has been put in my room over the last few years (kidney shaped table, HUGE Elmo cart, and room for my Paraprofessional), I needed to open up my room by removing my library nook. I still have cozy sitting spots, but just not a carved out library. Luckily, I used most of my bookshelves for my teacher’s manuals and storing math and reading manipulatives. All in all, this was a bigger undertaking than I originally thought. But, I am happy with the outcome.

Here is part of my math wall. Again, it’s a work in process. I am keeping the posters up like this until Parent Night. Then, I’m going to take them down and put up each skill poster as I teach them. I have to say, I have LOVED using them during my past few days of math. The kids have been doing a great job of referring to the posters which of course makes me happy!

 Here are my student’s book bins. Yes, I make them keep the purple’s and the green’s separate. I know, I know. 🙂

 Here is my Job Board with my Writing Center below. To the right is my Math Extended Response visual.

This is my Specials Schedule~ polka dot style

This is my birthday “Spot”

What the student desks looked like on the first day…


My Social Studies/Science wall and my Calendar board are still under construction. But, overall, I am liking my room and am glad I put the time in to switch things up. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed visiting my 2nd home! 🙂

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica August 27, 2011 at 2:09 am

I see you use Treasures. Check out these glogs a few teachers in my district created. http://elajppss.edu.glogster.com/fourth-grade/ My fourth graders are working on the story Astronaut and the Onion. What story are you guys working with?


becky September 2, 2011 at 12:27 am

Erica! Wow! Thanks for sharing! What a great resource! 🙂


Ashley August 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I love the math posters that I got from your blog for place value. Are you going to have any others available on your blog, or on TPT? Thanks!


becky August 29, 2011 at 1:29 am

Hi Ashley! I am planning on selling them VERY soon on TpT… things have just been very busy and crazy these past few days. I’m up to 45 files. 🙂


Beatriz June 14, 2014 at 4:28 am

Hi Becky!
I love, love your focus wall!
Is there any chance I can get a closer look? How do I find your files on TpT?


Eileen August 30, 2011 at 2:18 am

I was at Michaels today and they have zebra print card stock 2 for $6. I picked up a pack of that and a pack of white. I thought of when you made your birthday balloons and talked about how you wanted some.


becky August 31, 2011 at 12:19 am

How funny! Maybe I should go pick some up so I have it for next year! 🙂


Kristy September 2, 2011 at 12:08 am

Hi Becky-
I love your blog and it is bookmarked as a favorite! I have a big favor? Do you have your signals poster saved that you could send to me or is it at TpT?


becky September 2, 2011 at 12:27 am

Aww! Thanks for you kind comment! I have actually had a few requests for both my Signals sheet, and my Grade sheet. I’m going to be posting them on GoogleDocs tonight. 🙂


Christina September 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Love your class pics… it’s so colorful! 🙂



Miss Dennis September 13, 2011 at 2:28 am

Can you tell me more about the pencil at the bottom of your focus wall? My Internet is being wonky and my phone won’t make the picture clear enough for me to read it… 🙁


Sarah October 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I am LOVING your book baskets! Where did you get them? I need something new and funky for my room! :o)


becky October 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Hi Sarah, I just emailed you but then I saw this comment. lol 🙂 I bought all those bins at the Dollar Tree as well. Can’t beat anything for $1. Good luck with your 30 kiddos! CRAZY!!


Miss J April 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I was wondering if I could pin some of your classroom photos? Thanks so much!!

Miss J
Smiles, Crayons, and Endless Stories


Jennifer July 16, 2012 at 1:05 am

I absolutely love your math extended response visual for your classroom! I would love to help my students and use something like it in my classroom this year, but I can’t seem to read your 5th one down under the “What I Did” section. Would you be willing to let me know what it says? I would very much appreciate the help!



Lori August 1, 2012 at 5:37 am

I love all your ideas!
The focus wall and book bins are great.
Thanks for sharing with us.


Leah June 24, 2013 at 12:06 am


Hey its Leah, I used to work at McGee. Im taking a maternity leave at Hermanson till November 11.( I will be able to sub after November 11, if you want) I love all your ideas.


Carrie miller August 7, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Can I get a close up of your math word wall?


tricia August 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

This is a great 4th grade classroom setting!!
I just thought I might point out that in your blog, you typed “purple’s and green’s”…
Being a 4th grade teacher, you probably know that when a word is possessive, it needs an apostrophe, but when it’s plural, you don’t. And purples and greens is plural, not possessive.
I love being home schooled LOL


Liz Charest August 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Hi Becky,
I just love your blog! I am moving to 4th grade this year and you are my inspiration! Do you have the Math Response skills posters somewhere? I didn’t see them in your TPT shop.
Thanks so much!!


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