Wednesday, August 7, 2013

MORE Class Pics AND New Daily Five CAFE Board with Strategy Cards... and I'm Sharing!

It's Wednesday!!!!

Did you see the TWO giveaways I'm running on my blog right now?

Click either pic to find out how you can win this...

Or for of these magnetic pockets for your board...

First up today... more classroom pictures!!!

First... here's my finished writing center.  I really love it!  I have two crate seats for the kids to sit on at the little desk and the shelf next to it is full of resources for writing.  Our first writing unit is on opinion writing, so I have the posters from my Opinions: Order Up! unit displayed on the board at the center.  You can find my Narrative pack on TpT or as part of the amazing deal currently going on at Educents!

Here's the view from behind my table.  I went desk free last year and LOVE it!  My "desk" is the table where I meet with small groups.

And speaking of the table where I meet with small groups the picture above is a week old so... check out what I put on that table on Monday... I LOVE it!!!

See the blue and green circles?  They are actually wall stickers that I put on my table and they are dry erase!!!

I got them on Amazon... click HERE to check them out!!!  I know my kiddos will love participating during small group instruction by writing responses on the circles!  Another teacher in my building has something similar on her closet doors in all sizes and she (and I think the kids too) writes positive notes on them.

Here's another pocket chart with student spots stuck on with Mod Podge.  I am so excited about the whole Mod Podging thing!

Do you have any of these carts?  I got mine at Michael's but you can also see them HERE on Amazon.  Mine are now all organized and ready to go.  I have all of my independent activities for each topic listed in the drawers.  The top drawer is for any "Must Do" students have during the week, then the drawer with games for the topic we are covering... then everything else!

Here's the view from the door.  Don't mind my stuff on that table!

I also gave my teaching and learning beliefs an updated look.  You can read about them HERE.  If you don't have yours displayed, I'd encourage you to do it.  I jut think it helps me stay true to what I do in my classroom and can answer questions anyone might have about why I do what I do!

And last... I hung this "Welcome Back" banner across the front lobby!  You can find it on TpT for just $2!

Now, if you made it though all of that, you deserve a freebie!  Just read a little more...

Today I'm sharing my new CAFE board.  Usually I always always always write out my CAFE strategy cards, but I decided to type them this year and like how they turned out!  Here's a pic of my board with all of the strategies up.  I put magnets on the back of each one and will add them to the board as we learn them throughout the year.

You can access them on TpT by clicking the picture below.  I would appreciate it if you left feedback too!  Thank  you!!!!

Stay tuned Friday for my monthly "2nd Friday Fabulous Feedback" linky party!


  1. Thanks for the freebie. I just finished reading The CAFE book and will be using it this year so your cards will save me a bunch of work. Thanks also for all the great ideas in this post. I especially love your writing center.

  2. Your room is so cute!!! I love the banner :)

    Mind Sparks

  3. Your room looks so good! I also went desk-less last year and use my guided reading table! Love it!

  4. SO adorable! I'm crazy jealous of your cute classroom. Thanks for the wonderful freebie. Can't wait to use it!

  5. Your room is so cute! I love the CAFE freebie. I wrote them all out last year and the ones you made are MUCH cuter!!!Thank you!

  6. Holy cow girl! How do you do this all the time? I adore your CAFE freebie! I had one last year, but found it was too big and busy. Love yours much better....that's a positive note! Thank you again!

  7. Your room looks great. I bought the same dry erase circles in the same colors with the same plan for my small group table!

  8. Love your room! It is so inviting and colorful! I love the dry erase circles. I would like to do the same thing on my small group table. I love the "Teaching and Learning beliefs" as well. Great job on your room and thanks for the freebie. I picked it up on facebook! :)

  9. I love the wall pops! I just checked and Amazon Canada is more than twice as much as Amazon US... Maybe I should ship to my BFF in Virginia! Thanks for the great tip!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  10. Your room looks beautiful! I love the banners! So cute...and I sooooo wish our fire marshal would let us hang them!

    Thanks for the CAFE freebie!

    Flamingos and Butterflies

  11. Thank you for the freebie! Love your room and seeing your fun ideas!

  12. Beautiful room! Your writing center looks so inviting I want to sit down there myself.
    Tropical Teacher

  13. The room looks great! Just wondering...the colored dry erase circles-are they just those plastic placemats? and your chinese em! Where did you get them?

    1. I got the colored circles on Amazon. There is a link in the post. They are like big vinyl stickers- not place mats. I got the lanterns at Target! :)

  14. Love the dry-erase dots! I just ordered them. Thanks for sharing! Your room looks fabulous. Leeann

  15. Ok, the wall sticker idea is GENIUS! I'm getting a new small group table this year, and cannot wait to slap these puppies down! And thanks for the CAFE freebie - super nice time saver. Have a great year!

  16. Howdy!
    I just shared this post on my Facebook Fan page. Hope that was okay! :) Love these great ideas. Have a great day- YOU ROCK! :)

    -Mr. Hughes
    Created by MrHughes

  17. I love your ideas!! I know this post is a year old, but I was just wondering how your dry erase dots held up this year. I was considering purchasing some! Thanks! :)


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