I am generally on a 4-member 4th grade team. This year, however, 4th grade has been reduced to a 3-member team. We have the same amount of students as last year but, less teachers. Anyone else ever have that happen to them? So....I have 30 students in some periods...29 in another. We are packed in! We are making the best of a rough situation though! The discussion about student classroom size will be another blog on another evening. :) I apologize in advance about how I will go on and on about my opinions on student/teacher ratio.
I took pictures of my bulletin boards last week. I am the mathematics teacher and I begin the year with algebra and place value. I begin with algebra, then begin easing numbers and operations into the unit.
I have also included pictures of what my room looks like when we rotate using math stations. However, along with having 30 students in our rooms this year, the county is tearing our ceilings out of our classrooms before long to run wiring, etc... for new central heat/air units. We don't know when that will happen so, we must assume that it could be any day. So, no group math station numbers hanging from the ceiling this year...at least not yet. When the county does begin the job we will be relocated. (I'm guessing the gym.) Oh well, life's an adventure.
Here are a few pictures of my room.
I will begin with the picture I took of my room last spring before I had to take my math station headings down from the ceilings. I had my bulletin boards up and ready to begin the new school year.
I purchased the lantern from Party City and I used some name tags that I had left over from several years ago for the numbers. I hung the lanterns and tags with fishing line. I attached the fishing line to the ceiling with a paperclip. (I personally love the bright, little bugs.)
These posters are part of an algebra unit I have listed in my TpT store. Click on the image below if you are interested in seeing the information on the unit. (Why does my bulletin board paper not look white?) Hmmm?
These posters are part of my NBT.2 unit.
Click on the image below to read if
you would like to find out more.
Of course, even though I begin the year with algebra and numbers and operations, multiplication facts are an on-going process, starting the first week of school.
These posters are part of my Multiplication Starter Packet. I use it every year to keep track of multiplication tests, etc... Click on the image below to read more about the packet.
I thought I'd slide a picture of my plastic rolling cart in here too! I love this cart! I store manipulatives for my units in the plastic containers. They are larger than the plastic shoe boxes and hold a lot of manipulatives. As you can see from the picture above, I have them labeled.
Algebra Word Wall - If you like these word
wall cards, they come with an algebra unit.
Just click on the picture to view the unit.
I also have my rules next to the word wall. I have been pointing to them quite often last week during the first week of school. Hey, does anyone still use a projector screen? I have 2 still in my room...never use them now that I have a document viewer and smart board. I do remember the day,however, when I thought I had arrived because I had not one, but, two of these babies in my classroom. I could burn my overhead projector 90 degrees on the rolling cart, and show the transparencies that I had worked all weekend on at a different position so none would get bored. :)
These containers come in handy anytime! They contain the essentials! The Egg-spert is the exception to the rule. I haven't used it in years. I am not sure why I still have it with my necessities. I need to let go! :)