Photos of My First Grade Classroom

This year, I had to move classrooms.  My old classroom had a bathroom in it and it was needed as a Kindergarten room.  So after nine years, I moved to the bathroom-free room next door.   On the plus side there is more space.  On the down side...O.M.G., kids ask to go to the bathroom a million times a day!

I updated a few things from last year's polka dot theme.  Here are some photos of my classroom.  As always, feel free to pin!



These hanging signs were made by hot gluing my table signs to School Girl Style's  19 inch black daisies and 14 inch black daisies!  Melanie is a genius for thinking up the combo.  I am just in awe of her decorative talents!


I got these lanterns from Amazon.com before I saw these on School Girl Style...Oh, well. 

Click here to purchase this display. 

I was inspired by Schoolgirl Style to use wrapping paper as bulletin board backing.  I purchased the wrapping paper at Marshall's.  The large black storage bins are from Walmart.



The labels for this board can be found in my Back to School Organizational Forms and More packet. 

I have created a packet to work with this "Read All About Me!" poster.  Click here to check out my Star of the Week packet.  
I made these clothespins for the "Star of the Week" board. 

For more information on classroom pets go to Critters in the Classroom

 These mailbox labels are in my Back to School Organizational Forms and More packet.  The mailboxes are two shoe organizers.  I had purchased them ten years ago and they were white.  They were looking so shabby.  So this year, I spray painted then black.  I had to use almost five cans of spray paint!  


 For my book bin labels, check out my Bright Polka Dot Classroom Library Labels.


 This is my half-done literacy center board.  We have been easing into centers by just rotating by table.  Next week, we start with the smaller groups and I start pulling for guided reading.

 I made these with my Cameo Silhouette!

My sweet friend Anna of Crazy for First inspired me to make these.  Click here to see her post on these storage draws from Big Lots. 

 The polka dot box is from Michael's. 

 The graphics for the pencils are by Ashley Hughes.  Click here to check them out.

 This adorable sign is from Rachel Lamb.  Click here to check it out.

 These labels are in my Polka Dot Classroom Labels and Signs Packet.  The shoebox bins are from Target.

 My Bright Polka Dot Number packet can be found here and my Bright Polka Dot Alphabet Posters packet can be found here.

 Look Who's Been Spotted in First Grade Door Decor. Click here to check the packet.


 To get these for your own classroom, check out my Classroom Job packet.

 The wire organizers are picnic organizers from CVS.  The plastic bins are from Big Lots.

Click here to check out these Polka Dot Word Wall Words.

 The Word Wall Labels can be found here and the color labels are by Ashley Hughes.  You can find them here.  In the top left corner of this picture, you can see Rachelle Smith's adorable and FREE punctuation posters.  

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my classroom.  In my next post, I will explain how book baggies work in my classroom and you can have a chance to win a set of these from ReallyGoodStuff!

44 comments:

  1. Love all your polka dots! Are your mailboxes shoe storage things? I have a set of classroom mailboxes but there are only 24 slots and I just hit 26 so I need a new thrifty option.

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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    1. Yes, they are two 15 compartment shoe storage units from Target. They were originally white and after ten years, they looked pretty shabby. So four cans of black spray paint later...they became black!

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  2. Your room is gorgeous! Wanna come and revamp mine? LOL

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    1. Wouldn't that be fun if I could do it full time like Melanie of Schoolgirl style!

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  3. Everything looks AMAZING Erica! What a precious classroom!

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  4. Looking great, Erica!!! I would expect nothing less! You are one fantastic lady!!!
    Growing Firsties Giveaway ends in a few hours!

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  5. Hi Erica! Your classroom looks amazing! Will you also tell us about the comprehension prompt cards I see in the reading baggies?? I have those same book bags, my students use them during Reading Workshop. Can't wait for that post!
    Yolanda
    Oceans of First Grade Fun

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I actually sell them in my Guided Reading packet on TpT and alone in my Reading Comprehension Cueing Cards packet. I would like to align them to the Common Core and update the packets.

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  6. My heart just skipped a beat when I saw that you're following me, Erica!!! Thanks for making my day/night!!!!! Lisa Mattes
    Growing Firsties!

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    1. Thanks for commenting! That is how I found your blog :)

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  7. Wow! Your room looks amazing! Makes me wish I was still teaching the little ones!

    Colleen

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    1. Thanks so much! I am not sure the little ones appreciate the decor, but it makes me feel good walking into a bright, organized, and cheery room each day.

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  8. Love your classroom!!! I was wondering where you got your student mailboxes?? Thanks!

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    1. I just added it to the post. I got them from Target 10 years ago and spray painted them this summer. Thank you!

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  9. Oh my goodness!! Your classroom is just so adorable and so amazing! I absolutely am DROOLING over your reading corner! =) I'm super excited about the next post, also, for your reading bags!

    I guess I should try to get the blog bug! I haven't updated since school started...four weeks ago! Ooops! But, I felt like I should most certainly comment on your GAW-geous room. Thank you for sharing!

    ♥Sarah
    First Class First Grade

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  10. Your classroom is amazing! I love everything about it. I want to pin every picture! :)
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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    1. Thank you! I love pins...I get so much traffic from Pinterest.

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  11. Can I LIVE in your classroom? Seriously, I have spent a ridiculous amount of time examining each one of those photos while my BF looks at me with a weird look.
    You are amazing, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Haha! The kids think I live there. Thank you for commenting.

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  12. Beautiful room, Erica :) I'm loving how bright and cheerful everything is!!

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  13. Looks good! I'm having a fall linky party/sale on Sept 22. Come link up and join the sale!

    http://mrswheelerfirst.blogspot.com/2012/09/its-almost-fall-i-am-welcoming-fall-in.html

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

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  14. Wow! Your classroom is beautiful. Thanks for sharing ;)

    ✿Valerie
    All Students Can SHINE

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  15. I am really wanting guinea pigs in my class, but unfortunately my teach friend next door is extremely allergic. Lovely classroom!!

    Jennifer
    Darling Little Learners

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  16. Your room is WAY. TOO. CUTE. I love all the colors, and it looks like you have quite a bit of space too. How nice when working with firsties!! Thanks for sharing your room layout! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  17. Hey Erica,

    Do your students use desks or tables?

    Alison

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  18. Your room looks FANTASTIC. I really love the new polka dot theme and the colors are so cheerful. Did you get rid of the ottomans from your last room???

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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  19. What a wonderful room to spend time in! Thanks for sharing all the pics.

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  20. I LOVE your color combo and polka dots...your room is amazing. I have never had a bathroom in my classroom so my kiddos bladders get trained like mine to only go at certain times during the day. I think one of the things I love most about your room is your posh room for your guinea pig!

    If you get the chance, I would love for you to come check out my give away. You can win a prize package that includes a $50 Target gift card, a $25 TpT gift card AND a $25 Lakeshore gift card. =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  21. Your room is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!! I want to go to first grade just so I can have that as my classroom!!

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  22. Your room is so cute, I am seriously freaking out! ADORABLE!
    Michelle
    Apples and ABC's

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  23. Your room is so cute! I can't believe the area that guinea pig has. That is one spoiled guinea pig. I bet the kids love having a class pet.
    ஐRikki
    The Hive

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  24. love, love, LOVE your room! you've inspired me - especially with the mailboxes! i wanted to do something like that but couldn't think of what to use but shoe organizers are perfect!

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  25. I love your classroom!! It is so bright and cheerful. My kids would never get bored in your classroom. Their teachers have clear boxes for everything and not much color compared to yours!! Way to inspire creativity!! And by the way - your bathroom passes are way to funny!! I couldn't stop laughing. I think I'm going to make those for our home, then maybe they won't forget to wash their hands!

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  26. I just came across your blog on pinterest. I love it! AND your classroom. I'm also a polka dot lover:) I'm in the process now of getting hired for a first grade position. I taught k-4 resource before, but I did do my student teaching in first grade about 6 years ago. I loved it! I'm so excited!

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  27. I'm also a polka dot lover. I enjoyed your blog very much. Where did you get the polka dot folders in your rolling cart for your work for the week? I've had a hard time finding them. Thanks for the glimpse inside your little heaven!

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  28. Where did you find the tubs for books in your classroom library?

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