2015-2016 Classroom Reveal

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This classroom is a MUST SEE! She has tons of photos that shows how she organizes, stores, decorates her classroom. She includes links to everything too!
PHEW!  It’s ready!  It’s ready!  It’s finally ready!  After many hours and lots of thought and careful planning, my classroom is finally ready for my 2nd graders to arrive!  I can’t wait for them to come in to see and experience their new learning space for the year!  I have included tons of pictures in this post so please feel free to save any of them to your Pinterest boards if you’d like!  Enjoy!
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I am so excited about having tables for my students this year!  In an effort to avoid the black hole (a.k.a. messy student desks), I decided to go back to tables.  Before moving to this school, the only thing I knew was teaching from tables and over the past three years, I have missed them dearly.  A slight change for me though are these crate seats.  My sweet hubby made each student a crate seat this year.  This is going to help store my students’ notebooks, folders, books, BEE binders, etc.  Tables are from School Specialty, crates are from Amazon, fabric from local fabric store, and table caddies from Really Good Stuff.

Please note that the following links are affiliate links:
Black Crates for Seats: Sterilite 16929006 Storage Crate, Black, 6-Pack
BEE Binders: Wilson Jones 368 Basic Round Ring Binder, 2 Inch, Black (W368-44NB)

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This will be year #2 with using learning mats in my classroom.   Often times my students are given a choice as to where they want to work.  Some like to lay on the floor using clipboards and learning mats, some like to stand at my counter space, and this year some will choose to work from tables while sitting on a crate seat.  I love to give my students choice!  Learning mats are from Target.

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My reading area doubles as a meeting area this year.  I’m really loving the space!  Our new reading curriculum is going to require frequent anchor charts so my easel will be coming in handy quite a bit this year.

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As we work our way around the room, you will notice my reading focus wall and brag tags on the left. I have displayed my brag tags on a bulletin board under my reading focus wall so that they don’t get tangled.  If you want to learn more about brag tags, I have written an extensive post filled with pictures and FAQ’s with answers.  They have been a huge game changer for me since I started using them in 2013.

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Here are links to the different brag tag products that I have used over the years:

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(Brag Tag Storage System can be found by clicking here)

Above my dry erase board are my new alphabet posters.  All the borders that you see in my classroom are from Creative Teaching Press.  The dry erase markers are attached with velcro to keep them out of the reach of my students and to store them at a convenient height for me!  I am going to try out the Target brand of dry erase markers this year…I loved their color choices!

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I purchase the Velcro off Amazon.  Click the link below for my affiliate link:
Velcro: VELCRO Brand – Sticky Back – 15′ x 3/4″ Tape – Clear

I like to post my learning targets on my dry erase board because it is a convenient place for my students and myself to refer to them.  I also like that I can erase and change them so easily.  I used electrical tape to make the grid lines.

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I purchase the Electrical Tape off Amazon.  Click below for my affiliate link:
Duck Brand 299006 3/4-Inch by 60 Feet Utility Vinyl Electrical Tape with Single Roll, Black

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Continuing around my classroom you will see my calendar and math focus wall display.  I’m loving my new vocabulary and strategies pocket chart I have this year.  I also like how I have just enough space for an anchor chart to be displayed.

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My math station area is where I store the different math activities, task cards, centers, and interactive notebook activities that we are working on for that week.  The files are laminated with the top open.  I will be attaching velcro to the front of each file folder so that I can easily change out the station activity and my students will know what is inside of each folder.  The station materials will be kept in a plastic zip bag before going into the folder.

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Another thing that I love about my classroom is all of my cabinet space.  I love to use the doors for displaying anchor charts and the doors are just the perfect size!

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My rainbow carts are going to be used to store math manipulative again this year.  I have decided to use Stacey’s editable labels for each drawer.  I will be making new labels so that I can label what specific math manipulative is in each drawer.  The colorful pattern bins are from Hobby Lobby.  The rainbow storage carts are from Amazon.  The labels are from Literacy for Big Kids.

I purchased my Rainbow Storage Cart off Amazon.  Click below for my affiliate link:
Seville Classics 10-Drawer Organizer Cart, Multi Color

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Another area of my classroom that I love and spend a lot of time in is my guided reading area.  Benchmark Literacy is the new reading curriculum that we have adopted this year so I will be spending a lot of time with students in the small group setting.

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My crate seats are old and probably need to be recovered but I am going to try to get one more year out of them (fingers crossed).  Inside of the crate seats I store some reading curriculum supplies and small group tools.

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I changed up my word wall this year and I know I am going to love it.  I used this dry erase board surface and turned it into a word wall by adding grid lines using electrical tape.  The word wall cards can be found for FREE in my store.

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This would be the view from my classroom door, near my guided reading area.  This photo makes my teacher heart so happy!

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I posted this photo to my Instagram and was surprised by how much attention the chevron border received!  I took a border, put it through the laminator, and then taped it on the edges of this old metal shelf.  Ta-da!  I’ve got a fancy looking shelf!

Interactive notebooks are awesome to use in the classroom! Check out how this teacher stores her interactive notebook so that the spiral notebooks aren't falling apart!

Interactive notebooks are a big part of our math block.  We use them every week.  One of the issues I have with the spiral notebooks is that they fall apart more easily than the composition notebooks but I like the size of the spiral notebooks better.  So, instead of having my students store their notebooks in their desks, we now keep them in these tubs.  You can receive these tub labels for free or check out my interactive math notebooks in my store.  I have interactive notebooks for both first and second grade!

My mailbox is a shoe organizer that I got from Target about 4 years ago.  I created these editable mini tags that have proven to be very versatile!  We use them for our lockers, brag tag display, crate seats, and partner sticks.

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Underneath my mailbox counter, I have my new math tubs.  I think that these are going to be a huge time saver for me this year!  Inside of each tub I have stored my curriculum, lesson plans, stations, interactive notebooks, task cards, and printables.  The math tub labels came from Amy Lemons.

I purchased my Math Tub Storage Containers from Amazon.  Click below for my affiliate link:
Sterilite 16558010 28-Quart Clear Storage Box See-through, 10-Pack

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Coming up on the last wall of my classroom, you will see my desk area and closet.  I told you I had a lot of pictures!

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My coat closet was covered with contact paper and bordered with a Creative Teaching Press border.  I love the motivational posters that I received from Creative Teaching Press.  They go perfectly with my classroom theme.

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I love my picture collage that I have started behind my desk.  I have yet to add to this collage but it’s a start!

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My teacher toolkit has proven to be a huge time saver for me and the adults that work in my classroom.  I like that they don’t have to dig through my messy desk drawers to find a pend or a post it note.  The labels came from Ladybugs Teacher Files.

I purchased my Teacher Toolkit from Amazon.  Click below for my affiliate link:
Akro-Mils 10126 26 Drawer Plastic Parts Storage Hardware and Craft Cabinet, 20-Inch by 10-Inch by 6-1/2-Inch, Black

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Behind my desk you will find my birthday display.  Once my students arrive, I plan to take pictures of them holding their birthday number and then putting the picture on their birthday month.

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As you may have noticed, I don’t have a file cabinet in my classroom.  Last year I went from two tall file cabinets to zero.  I keep a lot of files on my computer and the rest in binders.  I use sheet protectors so that my master copies don’t have holes in them.  #TYPEAPROBLEMS  I have really enjoyed using this system.  It works great for me!

I purchased my White Three Ring Binders from Amazon.  Click below for my affiliate link:
Wilson Jones Round Ring View Binder, 3 Inch, Basic, 362 Series, Customizable, White (W362-49W)

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As we round the final corner, we come to more tubs that store and organize my resources.  These tubs are where the resources for the current unit of study are stored for quick reference.

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I think it is very fitting that we end with this photo of a quote I came across and have decided to make this our classroom motto this year.  Work Hard.  Be Kind.  Isn’t that great?  I think it covers everything and I hope that this visual reminder will be a focus for all who enter my classroom.

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Thank you for stopping over to check out my classroom reveal post.  I hope you take a minute to follow my blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TPT Store, and Pinterest accounts for more updates as we go into the school year.  I love teaching 2nd grade and can’t wait to share all of the adventures, ideas, and learning we encounter this year!

Don’t forget to grab this image and pin it to your Pinterest board so you can reference it later or share it with your teacher friends!

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47 Comments

  1. Jamie Knefely

    Your room looks super cute. I am so jealous that you get to hang things on your walls. We are kind of limited to just our boards at my school {although I did sneak the calendar in on a corner wall -shhh}. I love all the bright colors, especially that fabric strip curtain. Way to go!

    Jamie
    Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

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  2. The Whimsical Teacher

    Hi Angie! I love your beautiful rainbow room! I especially love those ombre rainbow borders!! So amazing!! Your desk kind of reminds me of a librarian's desk! 😀 Thanks so much for putting together this amazing linky party!

    -Jessica aka
    The Whimsical Teacher

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  3. Learning in Wonderland

    My goodness friend, how beautiful!!! Those have got to be the cutest crate seats I've ever seen! Love all the bright color throughout your room! Gorgeous!!

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  4. Angela Gatt

    All your hard work this summer paid off! Love the tables and crate seats, your desk area and all the rainbow colours.

    Fun in Fourth

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  5. Alexandra

    Love it!! Also, thanks for the freebie brag tags! I cannot wait to use them 🙂
    Question- do you plan on creating any more AWESOME sentence scramble cards ? I just Love love love the fall sentence scramble pack you have on TPT 🙂

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  6. Giggles at Greene

    Looks wonderful!!!! I hope you have a great year!!
    Noelle

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  7. ithappenedin3rd

    Love your tables…I have been trying to get tables for years!

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  8. Shannon Porter

    Love it! Your room is fantastic and ready for kids to learn, learn, learn!

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  9. Brain Ninjas

    Angie, I am just in awe. Your room is so bright and colourful and I am so envious of your fabulous teacher space. Thank you for squaring every square inch. 🙂

    Brain Ninjas from Brain Ninja Notes

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  10. Danielle Beneville

    So many amazing things in this space! The ribbon banner! The colorful tables! The personalized nametags! That awesome teacher desk!

    Thank you for giving us a sneak peek into your classroom. I know that it must be such a fun and beautiful space to be in for kids!

    Danielle
    The Crescent City Classroom

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  11. Ms. Pretzel

    Looks awesome Angie!! We just made our math tubs from Amy Lemons too in our 2nd grade. Gotta love her! I can't believe how incredibly straight and awesome looking you word wall is!
    Love it!
    Laura
    Ms. Pretzel's 2nd Grade Bugs

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  12. Amy S

    I love everything, Angie! But the quote wall with your class motto is gorgeous! I love the motto and the ribbons. And the tables look fantastic! Wishing you a wonderful year!

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  13. Jayme

    Your room looks incredible! What a bright and happy place for your students to learn in! Thank you so much for including all of us in this linky party. I am loving seeing so many inspirational spaces. I hope you have a wonderful year with your new students!

    Jayme
    Teach Talk Inspire

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  14. year2tastic blog

    I love how bright and colourful your classroom is Angie! It makes me smile! Have a great back-to-school and thanks for hosting Xx

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  15. Recipe for Teaching

    Angie – Your room looks awesome!!! I love those tables!!!! I just left a comment on Ashley's blog post saying that I really need to look at using 'Brag Tags." I have never used them, but they seem amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your room with us! You have created a great learning space for your students! Thanks for hosting such a fun link-up!

    ~Heather 🙂
    Recipe for Teaching

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  16. Cori in W. Texas

    Thank you for hosting the link party! I've perused 40 or so classrooms and seen innumerable ideas and my head is spinning!

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  17. Emily Yerty

    WOW! It looks great Angie!!! I can't wait to hear all about how the alternative seating goes this year. I am so intrigued by this idea, but I don't know if I could take the plunge. #scaredycat Thanks for sharing so many great ideas– together we are better!!

    🙂 Emily
    Polka Dots Please

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  18. Tiffany

    Angie your room looks so BEAUTIFUL, FUN, HAPPY, and NEAT!!! You amaze me beautiful lady!! God bless you and your FAB firsties and your FAB family!

    ((HUGS))
    Tiff

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  19. Allen jeley

    Well post and i see all picture and such very beautiful class setup and this article tell us how read your subject in classroom thanks for sharing undergraduate honors .

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  20. Deldreqka Scott

    Can you tell me which fonts were used in your BE KIND lettering and the SECOND GRADE lettering? I am LOVING IT! Great Job!

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    • Angie Olson

      Thanks! The font is Carton Six.

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      • Deldreqka Scott

        Thank you so much for that font! I love it! My next question is about the SECOND GRADE lettering in the hallway. How did you get the size? Is it a font as well or did you free hand that loveliness? I am trying to come up with unique ways to display things on my hallway board. I love the size and “look” of the letters. They look timeless and colorful!

        Thank you (AGAIN),

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        • Angie Olson

          Hi Deldreqka. I think I may have answered your question already but just in case that was someone else who emailed me about this, I will answer it again. The second grade letters that you see on the bulletin board in my hallway was done free hand. I did look at a font that I liked for guidance. Hope that helps!

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  21. Jessica Hughes

    How did you do the “Work hard. Be kind” lettering?? It looks so perfect. Just curious what your secret is?

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Jessica. Thanks! I printed the letters in a fancy font, cut around them, backed them with colored paper, cut them out, and then laminated. 🙂

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  22. Diane Ward

    Is this the desk organizer you used?
    Akro-Mils 10126 26 Drawer Plastic Parts Storage Hardware and Craft Cabinet, 20-Inch by 10-Inch by 6-1/2-Inch, Black

    Thanks,
    DIane

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Diane. Yes, this one looks right. If you are purchasing on Amazon, just make sure you choose the one that costs in the $20-$30 range. I am noticing some are listed for an extremely high price. Hope that helps!

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  23. Lauren

    This looks amazing Angie! I’lll be sure to share.
    Also, your WP blog looks fabulous!!
    Happy summer! =)

    Lauren

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    • Angie Olson

      Awwww, thank you so much Lauren! That means so much coming from you! I love your work!

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  24. Future teacher

    I am literally soooo jealous, haha! I’m French, and I’m studying in order to become a school teacher, and your blog is very inspiring! In France, most of the classes are not as big as yours, so it’s not as easy to organize… But I think that your class is my “dream classroom” seriously! I’m in love with the disposition of the tables, and your desk is perfect!
    Congrats for everything! Children must be proud to have a teacher who is as much invested as you!

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  25. Tracy

    Your classroom looks great!! I love the tables! Where did you get the number cards on the cabinets? Love those too!!

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Tracy. Thank you so much! I got the number cards from Meredith over at Creativity to the Core. She is on TPT.

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  26. Doreen Johnson

    Your room looks amazing! You’ve given me so many ideas for next year, especially the teacher supply kit. Question: Where did you get the supply bins that sit on each table for crayons and pencils?

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Doreen. I got the table baskets from Really Good Stuff! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  27. Beth

    I love your classroom! Those tables are my favorite, I would love to have those and that much space too! However, I teach in Gwinnett Co. Georgia; huge district, 100’s of schools, small classrooms. We have to be very creative to get all we need in our rooms and still have any room to move around. Very happy for you and your kiddo’s though! Have a great year!?

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  28. Mandy

    This has got to be the cutest classroom I’ve ever seen! BEAUTIFUL ? It’s so organized I legit want to cry ?? amazing job!!! I wish my son had you as his teacher lol

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  29. Jan

    Love your classroom. I use all the bright colors too. Your room is amazing. Thank u for sharing I hope you and your kids have an awesome year

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  30. Kara Hassel

    I love the quote! I have a similar canvas poster that has been on my wall for the last 2 years. It became a constant reminder for my students and I. Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen. I even turned it into an attention getter. I say “work hard be kind” and the kids say “and amazing things will happen”. Its a nice inspirational mantra for our class.

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  31. Johna329

    Hi, yup this post is truly fastidious and I have learned lot of things from it kedgedcadbcd

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  32. Dana Galinsky

    Hello I love your classroom! I am searching for your your math focus wall cards! If you can direct me to where you found them it would be greatly appreciated!

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  33. Kayla Mini

    There is just so much “beautiful”, it’s so hard to know where to even begin. I applaud your organization, especially your desk area. If I’m being honest mine will look like that for the first two days, if I’m lucky 🙂
    You’re students are lucky to have you!

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  34. Tova

    Hi, I am obsessed with your rug!
    Where is it from?

    Tova

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  35. Callie

    I have thought about switching to a whole class of crate seats! Please share how that goes after a couple of weeks. Could you also share how you made yours? I’ve seen several ways.

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