Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Classroom Decorating Day 5

Hi friends! I had a workshop during the day today, so I made myself go to my classroom later this afternoon and work. I didn't get a whole lot done, but I did finish my vocabulary (word nerds) board and I got the paper up for the front two boards. I have GOT to make myself go and really work because I have a lot of junk to place and get rid of! Teachers go back around the first week of August, so time is running out! :)

Here's my slim amount of progress, but progress nonetheless! 
The vocabulary board is up! You can read about my thinking behind this board in my Word Nerds book study here, here, here and here. :)

I get a lot of questions about making bulletin board stay on the wall. There are no actual bulletin boards in my classroom except one that is at the end of my white board. I make all the other boards. I have two cider block walls and 2 sheetrock walls. To make the boards stay on the cider block walls, I first use Scotch brand clear packing tape to temporarily hold the paper in place so I can make sure I have them where I want them and that they are straight and even. Then, I use hot glue to secure them in place. I have had one board to fall down during the winter, but that's the ONLY problem I have had with getting boards to stay. Hot glue is great and it also easily peels off so you aren't damaging the wall. I've heard people say they have problems with this method, but it's the only thing that works for me! :)

Look at those sad, empty bookshelves. :( I can't wait to fill them up with good books! My favorite part of teaching :)

Don't mind that extremely crooked line on my 3 column vocabulary chart...it WILL be corrected! :)

This is the cloze activity that is part of the vocabulary introduction that I'm modeling after Word Nerds. 




Oh lordy the front of the classroom! That whale alphabet needs to go since navy and green aren't in my color scheme anymore. Anyways, this is what the boards looked like before...

And now. They still don't have border, which isn't all that bad actually. It's kinda blinding without anything on the boards, but that won't be an issue when I get charts displayed :) Hopefully not anyways! :)

Here's a tip for putting up titles or accents on boards that are on cider block walls. I always use desk tape to place them first and make sure whatever I'm displaying is where I want it. When it is placed where I want it and looks straight, I go back and secure with hot glue. The desk tape is easily removable and doesn't tear the bulletin board paper. :)

Don't forget about the Christmas in July sale happening in my TpT store! :)

Happy Wednesday, y'all! :)




13 comments:

  1. I am so jealous that you are already able to work in your room! My school is locked until August 3rd! Teachers don't report until the 14th so I'll have some time to get things in order, but I sure wish I could start now! Your vocabulary board looks great!

    Jamie
    Life As I Know It

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    1. Thank you Jamie! I sometimes wish mine was locked so I would be forced to not to stress about it! lol :)

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  2. Love your room! Where did you get your white bookshelves?! Those are exactly what I'm looking for!

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    1. Target! They are cheapies though and not very good quality! They have about had it. They are going on their 3rd year, and I need new ones! :)

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  3. Your bulletin boards look beautiful, Leslie! I adore polka dots! Thank you so much for sharing your technique of hanging everything on the cinder blocks! I truly appreciate it and I'm going to give it a try! Thanks again! :D

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  4. Is there anyway to get your vocabulary bulletin board title? I love the look of it! Thanks for sharing!
    Alley
    Teaching to Engage

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    1. I'll try and post about how I make titles in my new classroom decorating post :)

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  5. This looks great! With your planning blogs, could you possibly post about your weekly or 2 week cycle of typical activities that you do? Like how you will incorporate vocab, an anchor text, reading street, writing, responses, skills practice ect.

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  6. It looks great. I'll be working on my room in a month. Thanks for all your ideas.
    Beti

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  7. What is the font you use for the titles and where can I download it?! Love!

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