Thursday, August 7, 2014

2nd Grade Rocks!

It's back to school time!  School starts in just over 10 days now, but as usually happens teachers go back in three!  We are taking the first two days to do testing so classrooms have to be ready to greet students.  So in an effort to beautify my room I found this amazing freebie on TPT.
I love love love how the board turned out!!!!  It took some planning ahead to have last years 2nd graders complete the form, and quite a bit of effort on my part not to lose them after rearranging everything in my classroom, but it was worth it!
I made the guitars and laminated them last year so they would be ready, I knew I would have enough to do getting the inside of the classroom ready.  I wrote the names of my incoming students on the stars that a fellow teacher cut out on her Cricket machine, I need to get one of those! You can click here to download the templates from Hope King's TPT store. 

Classroom Library Book Bin Labels

To go along with my colorful chevron and polka dot theme I made some book bin labels!
It's been a loooong project with many parent volunteers helping out, but we've finally got every (almost) book in the library labeled and leveled based on the Fountas and Pinnell reading level.
I got the book bins several years ago from Dollar Tree, they aren't as study as I'd like but they've lasted a couple years so I got my dollars worth out of them already.  You can download the chevron labels on my TPT store here

Classroom Jobs

 I've never been able to find a job board that worked for me.  The cute ones are too much work for me to un-stick and move and re-stick on the next job.  I don't know why but it just hasn't worked for me.  So I just made my own board.
You can find the printable job pages at my TPT store here.  There are different patterns, white dots, as well as rainbow chevron with either black or white background.  I really love this!  I printed the pages I wanted, put on poster board and laminated. 
I'm hoping it will be really easy to move names around the board as jobs change every week.  Plus it's a great way to utilize the big awkward column that is in the middle of my room. :)