Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Perfect Classroom...

If you're like me, you long for that picture perfect classroom.  You know, the ones in the books?  The ones that are perfectly color coordinated.  All pencils have a pin point tip.  Books neatly organized in the library. Bright, clean carpet.  All papers organized and easy to find.  Psssshhhht.. we all know those pictures were taken the day BEFORE the kids enter the classroom.  Our days are crazy, unpredictable, and full of organized chaos.  So, while I'm on intersession (I teach at a year round school), I decided to beautify my room.  I took all of my Reader's Workshop hand written, mess of charts and posters and typed them up, printed them on colored paper, and replaced those messy ones.  So I decided to share with y'all in case you long for that picture perfect room like me.

This freebie includes:

IPICK Good Fit Books - In my county, we use the Readers and Writers workshop approach to literacy.  I love it because the kids are much more willing and excited to read.  We use PICK to help them get a general idea of if a book will be a good fit for them.


Retelling a Story
Our first quarter together, one thing we focused on is students ability to retell a story using Who, When, Where, What, Why, and How.  Students used this poster to remember what each question entails.

3 ways to read  a book!


Ways to determine whether a book is easy, too hard, or just right
In my room, we use a Stoplight.  

Red means "STOP! This book is too hard for you.  You are not quite ready to read this book yet, but if you keep reading just-right books, you'll be able to read this one in no time!"

Yellow means "Slow down!  These books are too easy for you.  If you ready too many of these, you won't become a better reader because you are not using your strategies. Read some, but not too many!"

Green means "Go Go Go!! These books are just right for you.  Keep reading these and thinking about your reading to become a better reader!"

Click Here to download all of these freebies. (I'm still working on learning how to link images etc, so bare with me).  And as always, suggestions are welcome and appreciated :)

Until Next Time



  1. Hi Ashley,
    Thanks for your wonderful freebies! I am a new blogger too; I've spent all weekend figuring out how to do fancy techy stuff :p
    Come and let me know what you think, and if you want any blog tips I'd be happy to share!
    Teacher Kirra:Maestra Kirra

  2. Thanks for the freebies! I am your newest follower:) Stop by and visit me...

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  3. Hi Ashley,

    Welcome to the blogging world! Your blog looks awesome :) Thanks for following my blog. Can't wait to hear all about the great things you do in your classroom.

    Your newest follower,
    Ms. H. :)
    Live, Love, Laugh in 2nd Grade