Thursday, June 26, 2014

Classroom Pics Trailer #2

My second and third years of teaching I was in the same trailer. The trailer was previously used for third graders. Because of construction, our third grade double wide trailers were split into 2 class rooms. The trailer I was in my first year was split into 2 classrooms for other teachers. Those classrooms were smaller than the trailer I was moved to.

The year before last year I moved to the new trailer. It was two trailers in front of my previous trailer. The trailer was smaller, but not too small. I liked that I was the first trailer and I could see the sidewalk my students walked on as they came to my room each morning. My first year we were behind two other trailers, so I couldn't see my students until they made it back to my trailer.

My trailer was the first trailer you came to when walking up the sidewalk.

This was what my trailer looked like when I first got inside.


I was lucky enough to not have to move much stuff. There were a few things my mom and I had to get out of my first trailer and move over. It was crazy hot outside and we were glad that we did not have to move everything!

The teachers before me made this tree. There was a support beam in the middle of the classroom and the tree made it look much better. This was also where the monkey theme idea came from! I didn't really have a theme my first year and my mom wanted me to come up with one. I think she was the one that came up with the monkey theme. Thanks mom!!

Since the trailer was much smaller I put the cubbies together instead of all against one wall. The cabinet by the door is where I put my folder baskets for homework books and daily folders.

This cabinet stored all of my construction paper and copy paper. Keep reading and you will see how it received a "makeover"!

This area on the left was the housekeeping area.

The beginning of the blocks center.

Lots and lots of books to be sorted! This shelf was given to me by our pastor's wife. Her son-in-law made this shelf and another one just like it. It worked perfectly under my dry erase board at the front of the room. It held tubs for math manipulatives. 

My striped chair I sat in when reading a story and the easel/cart. My desk was behind these.

My desk with a few drawer sets for bulletin board borders and teacher supplies. This was before everything was organized.

The left wall had cabinets along the bottom and two tall cabinets.

The back of the room. This was where my art center, puzzles and word wall were.

The other half of the back of the room. This is where the listening center and computers were.

Here is the reading castle with a cute pennant banner I made. Even though my trailer was smaller, I was still able to fit this in. It was important to me that this was in my room! My students love going in there to read!

My awesome assistant was getting the room clean for Meet the Teacher. This is the view from the front door.

My mom, dad and brother were great helpers! They helped get all of the decorations up and they made and hung vines from the tree. My mom and brother found a bunch of monkey stuffed animals at Goodwill and they had some of them hanging from the vines.

This was my word wall. We start the year with environmental print and then add the word wall words as we learn them. The puzzle shelf is under this. This area is also the art center.

This was my job chart this last year. Each job was on a pouch and each student's name was on a monkey. 

This was my star student area. Unfortunately we ended up taking it down because it did not get used. I am hoping to do a better job with it this year!

This was the cubby area. It was to the left after walking in the door. The yellow shelf next to the cubbies and the door was an ugly shelf. My dad sanded and painted it bright yellow for me! It looks so much better!

This was our bathroom door and it was right behind my desk. To the left of it was my leveled library shelf. This pocket chart was left in my classroom my first year and I love it! Each student has a pocket for their work. They are able to put their finished work in their pockets. This saves me so much time because I do not have to sort their work. It also helps when they don't have a name on their paper, because it is in their pouch. My parent helper is able to quickly grab their work and place it in their Wednesday folder each week.

This was a view of the right side of my room from the door. This trailer was a great size. The only downfall was the pole/tree in the middle of the room. There were certain spots at two of the tables where my students could not see what was on the smart board. 

This was the listening center and the computer center. My mom made the birthday display. The monkeys I picked up this week will hang above it in my new trailer this year.

This was the "front" door to our trailer. This ended up being the door we used. I originally wanted to use our "back" door as an exit door, but we had a problem with wasps in the railing of that porch and could not use it for a few weeks. We never went back to using that door. Each student's name was on a monkey on the door.

This was my front board area for calendar time. This white board was so small and was not magnetic. :( I wish I would have had a larger whiteboard. 

On the left side of this picture was the reading castle, train center and block center.

This was where we hung student's art work. We also hung it all over our walls! Any adhesive we used removed the surface color of the paneling on the walls. My walls looked terrible when they were not covered with decorations and art work. 

The front of my room. 

The circle table was the art table. The shelf behind it was where all of the art supplies for my students were. We also kept our pencils, art boxes and scissor/glue stick caddies on this shelf. Under the word wall was the puzzle shelf.

On this whiteboard I had my CHAMPS expectations. We used CHAMPS for the first time this year and I really liked it. It was hard to get used to at first, but after a while the students knew what the expectations were for each part of our day.

Thanks for stopping by to see my 2nd trailer pictures. I do not know when my trailer for this year will be coming. I have driven by the school a couple times and it has not arrived yet. I plan on getting  much better pictures of it before I get started and as I am working on it.

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