This was what it looked like when I walked in. The furniture was pulled away from the wall because they painted the room.
Everything piled in the center.
I always feel better when I get all of the desks set up. Notice my gorgeous new rug ready to lay out!
My room theme was space and I couldn't resist this galaxy paper. This year I created templates for my Daily Five posters. We brainstormed our "I Charts" on the whiteboard, and then I transferred it neatly to the charts on the bulletin boards. Things to change: If I had stayed in third grade I would have returned to solid color bulletin boards. I found the galaxy paper to be visually noisy!
You will see many of Beth Newingham's ideas in my room. The character trait posters were used to discuss and identify specific character traits. When we discovered a character who displayed that trait, we would add the book to the poster. (Beth puts mini pictures of the books, but I am not nearly as clever or organized. We wrote the titles with whiteboard markers).
My Cafe Board is set and ready to fill. I use the bottom portion for the kids to place their post it with a goal.
All ready, just need the kids!