Wednesday, October 2, 2013

S.T.A.R. Folders, Writing Centers, Class Photos, and Freebies

It has been JULY since I last posted!  (I did spend roughly an hour writing a post several weeks ago, but lost the whole thing.  GRR!  It has taken until now for me to find the time and motivation to redo it!)  :)

The first thing I'm going to share is the setup of my students' "Take Home"/S.T.A.R. folders (Striving for Terrific Attitudes, Responsibility, and Success).

 Front (Nothing special!)

 Front Pocket- This is where students place their homework and anything that needs to be returned to school.

 Class Information Sheet -  Includes: daily schedule, class list, Scholastic Book Clubs code, class website address and QR code, homework schedule, class rules, and grading scale

CAFE Menu -  After reading the CAFE book this summer, I decided to include a reading strategies menu in each of my students' folders.  As I conference with students, I highlight the skill they are working on so they can share the strategy with their families and practice building the skill(s) at home. 

 S.T.A.R. Behavior Calendars -  The students color the calendar each day to show their behavior on the color chart.  Click HERE to view this on Teachers Pay Teachers.

 Nightly Reading Log -  Click HERE to download a free copy of the log I'm using with my class this year!

 The 100 Club -  Check this out on Christiana Bainbridge's blog! 

Back Pocket -  This pocket is for graded work or anything else that can stay at home.

I hope this is helpful, especially to those of you that have asked about my STAR folders! 

I have made ONE measly product since school has started!  {Sad, I know.}  My newest TpT creation is my packet of Writing Center Activities.  I created these to use for the Work on Writing portion of the Daily 5, but they can be used as early finisher activities, for literacy centers, etc.  Here it is:
(Click either photo to view on TpT!)

I keep all of my writing journals, templates, and supplies neatly stacked away in this bin:

I also had many people ask about my welcome sign and table numbers.  You can download them for free by clicking on the photos below!  (Beware: It is a HUGE file...evidently!)

Last, but not least, here are some classroom photos!  (Links to pictured items are included.)

 Class "Treasure Chest"

 Class Library - Chapter Book Section with Petey the Pig

 Front Board w/Daily 5 Rotation Charts and Show What You Know poster

 Front Board with Behavior Chart and Daily Schedule

 CAFE Strategies Board, Early Finisher Cards, and Terrific Tables

 Behind my desk - storage and read alouds

 My Workspace

 Daily Folders - This is where I organize all of my supplies for the upcoming week.

 Storage Bins

 Class Library with Finny the Frog

 Front of room w/Cafe board

 Small Group Area w/Comprehension Posters

 A Cupcake for the Teacher's reading strategies posters and Brownie Points

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  1. Your classroom came out wonderfully! I will definitely be purchasing your reading strategies posters. Such a great idea :)

  2. I'm so happy to see you back! I enjoy reading your blog. Keep it up!
    Stephanie from Principal Principles

  3. Love your classroom! It looks so inviting!! Good to hear from you!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  4. I am in love with your room!! I also LOVE your S.T.A.R. folder with all the info for parents inside the prongs! Such a great idea!!!

  5. I am loving your S.T.A.R. Folder, especially the parent info page. Could you upload the template that you used for to create it? Thanks!!!!