Places for Learning
This is my favorite part of our classroom. Each child has a space on the floor called his or her place for learning. Here the children gather to read, think, and converse together.
I still LOVE my pocket chart! My husband made with this handy two-sided stand. It has wheels on the bottom to make it easy to move around.
My goal is to have everything I need at my fingertips, read alouds, poem, CD player, markers to create anchor charts, and more! Notice the “First Grade Data” board—a CCSS-friendly alternative to the Daily Calendar!
Even though we have interactive whiteboard messages in our reading book, I still prefer to write our morning messages on my old-fashioned chalkboard!
The other side of the pocket chart stand with our retelling song from Month-by-Month Reading Instruction. In that book you’ll find songs for all of the reading strategies!
This is my “on deck” easel where I can keep the books I plan to read that day. Notice the fiction/nonfiction pairing—an easy way to increase the amount of informational text you’re reading aloud.
Next to the message, I post the schedule for the day. The schedule helps keep me on track (kind of!) and encourages my students to read to find out what is happening next.
I use the inside of the pocket chart stand to store some of the poems we sing and chant. I punch a hole in the end of the sentence strips and hang them from a binder ring.