Each year I group the students by ability and then create four heterogeneous groups. By grouping my students heterogeneously they are able to work together to complete center work. Since my classroom has a fish theme each group is named after an ocean animal.
In my classroom everyone does their part to take care of the classroom. Each child has a chore. Everyday I move the names down one and put the bottom one on top. The students get excited to see their new chore each day!
Each week we add words from our stories to our word wall!
Mini File Folder Word Wall
To help make my word wall more user friendly I created mini wall walls!! Inside each folder is a list of all the words, beginning with that letter, we will learn during the school year.
Center Work Display - "FINtastic" Work
I store all my books in baskets so the students are able to see the front over of the books. I also group books but subject or author to help students find books they are interested in reading! It also helps them put the books back! :)
If you work at a school like me we have to display our objectives daily. I got the idea to post them in a pocket chart so they can easily be updated. I store the objective sentence strips in a closet on a ring by subject so they can be used again!
Each student has a pencil basket that stores their crayons, pencil, glue stick, scissors, spaceman, and stickerbook.