I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. . .Here's a sneak peek at my room!
There are so many fun little spaces in this room-I can't wait to post more pics! I have more things to do so April if you're reading. . .I can still use your help! I still have to finish my word wall, add my fish tank, add the reading loft, add the palm tree, get out all of my back to school goodies, add in new shelves for my classroom library, and label a
few lot of things!
My favorite part of the room so far is the Promethean board cover. . .it's amazing how something so small and inexpensive can really make a room look and feel great! I spend a lot of time in my classroom so I want it to be a place that reflects my personality and a place that's warm, cozy, and inviting. I still have 5 additional tips to share for a How "Tues"day post that I started several weeks ago. Once the room is completely finished, I'll post those-hopefully by next Wednesday!
The Letter Exchange lists are almost ready to go. . .I hope to e-mail them out some time this weekend. We actually need more teachers to complete the 4th group-18 to be exact! I apologize for running behind on my original date, but I want to try to include a few more teachers if possible so that the 4th group will be complete. If you know of a teacher on your team who you think might be interested, please tell them to e-mail me. I'll e-mail out the list of teachers who are in your group, along with your assigned letter, some great books to read while completing the project, and the template of letters. I know you have 1, 284 things to do during the month of August so I will really do my best to get the information as soon as possible.
One last thing. . .
Here's a cute and simple project for the first day or first week of school. It's actually a project that can be ongoing. It was inspired by this create your own-time capsule that I saw at Target. I think this would be especially cute if you have a pirate or ocean/beach theme, but it's a great activity for any group of students!
For this project you'll need an empty canister with a lid and scrapbook paper.
I used this one which was full of some delicious popcorn. . .
You can have your students draw a self-portrait, write a message, or complete a more specific task (depending on the age of your students) to place inside the capsule. Select a time frame when you would like to open the capsule and review the contents. Another idea (which I'm going to do) is to hide the capsule somewhere in your school. Create a map and guide your students to the location. I'd like to hunt for our capsule when we study about maps and Christopher Columbus. I would also like to place something else in the capsule and complete another hunt close to the end of the school year.
Maureen from First Grade Splash has a really cute printable that can be used, and I found this really cute treasure map from an amazing blog that I recently discovered called Hip Hip Hooray-little kids, big celebrations!
We're on day 33 of triple digit heat here in Texas. . .yes-33!!! Yesterday it was 110 degrees, and it's almost unbearable-hoping it cools off in the next couple of weeks-you know how important recess is-for students and teachers!