Storage/Absent Work/Library Area
In this section, I still have lots to organize. The two closet sections have been cleaned out and everything has a place. The bottom shelves and top cabinets are a mess! But I'll get to that soon. I split the wall space for an absent work section and the other section is for my SSR library. On the left side closet doors I have Thinking Maps posters. On the right I have my self assessment stop light and star cards. I know the top of the cabinets looks like a mess, but I do plan to make a type of garland out of the deco-mesh that is sitting there. So even though I have a long way to go, at lease I have started!
Lab Stations/Word Parts
I am happy to say that all of the drawers in the lab station area have been cleaned out! Now I need to work on the cabinets. I also will be re-making my word part word wall. Since the curriculum has changed some, there are some word parts I need to delete and some I need to add. Above the cabinets are the posters that spell out "ThINK" ...of course taken from the periodic table. I plan to add some smaller posters that are similar. I just need to plan out which words I can spell using element symbols.
I Can Statments
This is similar to what I used last year. I found some zebra striped, magnetic strips at a teacher store. I thought they would be perfect for creating sections on my white board. My plans are to either create small "I can" statement posters to place on the correct day or I can simply use a dry-erase marker and write it in.
Core Vocabulary Word Wall
I've gone back and forth with various word wall ideas and settled on a similar idea from the past. I used zebra wrapping paper to make a bulletin board background...and it looks great with the rest of my decor! Above I three categories, Earth Science, Physical Science and Life Science. Under the headings I will place picture cards of the important vocabulary for each section. I stapled some of the words I know I'll be starting with and after looking at this picture I think I need a solid background behind each word. But overall I am pleased!
My deco-mesh wreath has become quite popular on Pinterest. I was even given a shout out from PBS :) So it was obvious that the wreath had to stay! I did add a new chevron lamp, and new photo made by last year's students and my bunting/banner that reads SCIENCE. I love this section of my classroom!!!
As I complete other sections in my classroom and as the ones I've posted pictures of are complete I will upload photos of the finished product. I'd love any feedback and ideas to make this room even better than last year!