2014 Classroom Reveal pictures!

Well, I have lived in the room for a week now and so far it is my favorite room I have decorated! I took out all the reds and pinks from last year (I used Schoolgirl Style's Summer Soiree) and just stuck with the blues (I use a few things from her Paisley, Turquoise, Blue and Green line)! I love how it tones down my green wall! There's still a few areas that need some work and that's ok! Sometimes there are things I want to try, then I meet the kiddos and it's not for them. So I don't fret about a few areas! The new rug really brings all the blue together, too! I think their favorite thing is the screen saver-it looks like lightning!
Enjoy!
here's the view when you walk in. 
this is my closet and one group area to the left of the door. This area is not well defined right now! It will change as I figure out a few things! I covered the closet door in fadeless paper from pacon! I love how it looks!
Wood grain fadeless paper from pacon
mirror from IKEA
orange chalkboard from Hobby Lobby (clearance last summer)
artwork mats from Michaels 
green wrapping paper from Target
royal blue border from pacon
book tub from Target (beverage tub)
giant flowers from Hobby Lobby
pink desk and chair from IKEA
Books in the Spotlight sign from Amanda Nickerson
Author posters from Amanda Madden
poms from Schoolgirl style

facing the door

this is the area right beside the door. It's a cabinet area and I set my mailboxes on the counter to save some space that I don't use anyhow.
I also remade our School Expectations matrix and just included the classroom ones. the whole poster was too jumbled to see!
Mail center from Really Good Stuff (it's covered in teal duct tape)
artwork from Hobby Lobby
Navy striped border covers the ugly cork strip (Teacher Created Resources)

this is the front of the room
I have 19 kids, so there are 3 "table groups" I added a table to the front of each to keep table supplies on instead of in their desks. I love it so far!
The crates above the cubbies WERE going to be my files last year, but they have literally set there empty. I took out all my red and pink, so when I can open my closet again, these will be put away!
I didn't get a picture of that area, but there are 2 student computers and our 7 Habits display above them. 
schedule cards on the board from Ladybug Teacher Files
word wall alphabet from my shop
word wall sight words from Darlin' Little Learners
clock minute labels from Amy Lemons
Reading board title letters from SchoolGirl Style
Fix Up strategy posters from Amy Groesbeck (I printed them 11x17 at Office Max)
paint cans from Michaels (bridal section)
can inserts from Schoolgirl Style

I loved this borrow bucket idea from Natalie and Rachelle! Each table has one and it has glue bottle (students have their own glue sticks), extra pack of crayons, scissors, and pencils.


this is my corner. It has already changed a tad from this picture! I added two more drawer sets and made new labels from them so they'd match.

teacher toolbox labels from Schoolgirl Style (three different sets-teal, lime, red)
big birds are cut from scrapbook paper and mod podged on the back of a bookcase I threw out!
frames from Michaels and Hobby Lobby
subway art from Hope King
book hospital ambulance from Hobby Lobby
Sterlite basket from Target
picture book bins from Really Good Stuff (neon blue)
library labels from Ladybug Teacher Files
Darth Vader is a bank from Old Navy. He keeps my box tops safe.
and yes, that's my Sanrio pencil box!

my desk! LOVE my desk!

Desk and green chair from IKEA
bucket from Target (easter bucket)
our printer was a donorsChoose project
lamp from Hobby Lobby (it has all my Wizard of Oz figures from McDonalds)
framed a card for some artwork! 
math board letters from Schoolgirl Style
lime, rich blue, and azure bordette from pacon
rich blue fadeless paper from pacon
my double drawer cart is under the desk and holds math manipulatives with my labels

I painted these ceiling tiles a couple of years ago with some friends and hung them for awhile. I popped them back in the ceiling this year above my desk! I love it and now I have two new ones to paint!


this is the end of the built ins that hold fiction books. Right now the writing center is home to all our books that will be passed out to students! I covered all my cork boards in paper and border so they'd look like my bulletin boards.

punctuation posters from Lindsey Kuster
What do Writers Write pencil from the teacher wife
desk and stools from IKEA

here's the window area beside the writing center

rug from walmart
student book boxes from Really Good Stuff

this is beside the student book boxes. This is my guided reading area. This board will hold our word chunks from Letterland as we learn them (poster is also letterland). Einstein over there is my favorite poster in the room! He's 5 feet tall! and I found a little "do the math" sign on a notebook one year and made a name tag for him! This was open house night so all the school supplies are thrown in the baskets. I also did not have the seats out yet.

Number line from Carson Dellosa
touch point numbers I cut from scrapbook paper
evidence display from Leslie Ann 
I printed the title Evidence = Proof on the printer
chevron rug from target garden section
cart from IKEA

This is the rug area and focus board. I have written our daily agenda on the back of the chart stand each morning this week and we go through it during morning meeting. I am loving it!

Rug from Target (this one is close)
the calendar is gone now and replaced with a pocket chart one
Month labels and round alpha from SchoolGirl Style
I keep my old curtain rods from our first house to use as pointers to use on the number line! 
Job chart from my shop
tiny clothespins holding "leaders" and ribbon from Michaels
chart stand from Really Good Stuff
chair from Hobby Lobby
clipboard bucket from target
crates from Michaels (I spray painted them navy)
number word display from Amy Lemons
woodgrain fadeless paper and rich blue bordette from pacon

I haven't gotten a picture of the area beside this yet! oops! It's the nonfiction library. 

Well, I'm off to nap now! Week one is done, and so is my brain!


Think Win-Win! with DonorsChoose!


Ok y'all!
My classroom needs a projector!
This old lady's eyes are tired of squinting!
and it's causing crow's feet, too
so half my DonorsChoose project will be funded IF the other half is funded this weekend!
awesome, right?!
So here's my win-win offer
I will match ANY amount you donate to our project with credit to my tpt shop!
Now, I know my shop isn't Neiman Marcus, but maybe there's a few things you'd like??
It's a win-win! You make a tax deductible donation AND get products; we get to see things!
Yippee!!
Just email me at rachel.lamb81@gmail.com after your donation (Aug. 22-24 ONLY) and I will get you your stuff!!
Thank you!


Teacher Week! WHO I am!

Welcome to Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week!!!
I love this little "all about the teacher" time each year!
We have a fun line up for you, too!





I kinda feel like I have talked about myself enough last week, but here's a little more info!
I look just like my mom, don't I! I even teach in her old room now! That picture is a few years old, but it's too great not to use!

I am the epitome of the oldest child! and I married an oldest child. I know I could not have married a youngest! No offense to my little sis or anything!

And I also want to show you a little freebie from Melissa from Inspire Me ASAP that I use to teach the kiddos a little about me! Check out her first test of the school year post!
I can't very well talk about me without talking about my boys. No matter how much I am ready for them to go back to school...I adore them! Though with the screaming and fighting going on right now, they're making it very difficult!
Jackson-the oldest, never disobeys, adult pleaser, typical oldest!
Jake-the bain of my existence! because he is hubs and I rolled out into one mighty little human. Smart mouthy, always the victim, very independent and prefers to be alone, very intelligent, and lips to die for!
Drew-another stereotype here! Our youngest is the life of the party! He wants everyone to laugh all the time! Happiest kid on the planet!
I love reading about birth order! It's like someone wrote this about my kids!


Well, now I can't wait to read about the rest of you guys! You can link up your post on Blog Hoppin'!
and here's the schedule for the rest of the week!
Tomorrow is classroom reveal day!




Wishlist Wednesday Word Sorts!


This magical little product came out of necessity when we were asked to use Words Their Way in 2nd grade. I loved WTW, but I had only used it with fourth graders and I had been trained in grad school...in other words...that professor's Words HER Way! I am all about fidelity when my admin asks me to do something. Especially in the beginning. Let's face it, when it comes to research-based programs...they are based on research folks! Who am I to question decades of research!
So anyway, I made anchor charts with my little 2nd graders each time I introduced a new word sort. We do a sort each morning (I have my schedule in this product). I got the hang of having 4 different spelling groups on four different patterns down pretty quick with this method!
Then during word work time, students chose a sort to practice prior to the activity. There are partner sorts and individual sorts.
This file has all the anchor charts, center or task cards that explain the sorts in student friendly terms, and suggested use and schedule.
I am actually working on updating the look of the file, but not the content! So if you purchase it now, you'll get the updated look in a few days! and it's on sale NOW!
and just so you know, these sorts go with ANY spelling list! Not just WTW!!

read more about Words Their Way in my classroom

I guess I was into owls when I made this!



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Meet the Teacher Blogger Linky!

I'm linking up with Stephanie at Falling into First for Meet the Teacher blogger!

I'm the blonde one! with my beautiful sis!
SO a quick little bio! I'm Rachel, the tattooed teacher. I by no means have more tattoos than a few other teacher bloggers I know, but they are not public about it! haha! I am starting my 12th year teaching! that sounds crazy! It's my 5th year teaching 2nd grade. Before that I was all about 4th grade! I love the little guys in 2nd! seriously! they are like sponges and love me no matter what!

Here's a little Q and A I had with myself!

Q&A Session

Q: These are a few of my favorite things…
A: flip flops, Diet Coke from McDonald's, crime tv

Q: If you weren't a teacher, what would you want to be?
A: magazine layout! No writing, just playing!

Q: Three little words that describe you.
A: distractible, spunky, oversharer

Q: Finish this sentence, “___________________, said no teacher EVER!!”
A: I LOVE paperwork

Q: It’s your birthday and you can invite anyone {dead or alive} to the party. Who are you inviting?
A: Oh! Abraham Lincoln, MLK Jr., Miss Frizzle...wait, just one? No! the more the merrier!

Q: If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the title?
A: Breakfast at McDonald's

Q: You get to pick one superpower. What is it?
A: invisibility-I'm super nosey!

Q: What’s your favorite quote or saying?
A: Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply. -Stephen Covey
let me explain this one-I DO NOT do this which is why it is now my quote...I'm working really hard on this one! and if you have never heard Stephen Covey's voice, you are in for a treat! I wish I had seen him in person! Here's one of my favorite videos!

Q: If you HAD to sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
A: Like a Prayer or Lodi Dodi. It's a toss up really!

Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
A: neither. I'm a 9-5 girl. Before that I'm still sleepy and moody. After that I'm too tired to care!

Q: What’s your favorite resource that you’ve created in your TPT shop?
A: all of them! even if it needs sprucing up now! If I don't love it, it's still on my Mac!

Q: Share something we might not know about you!
A: I am a firm believer in the Oxford comma.
Some may call me "comma happy" or "snooty comma user", but my English teacher taught me well!

this blog may not support consistent capitalization or punctuation in general, but fully supports the Oxford comma



I hope you link up with Stephanie, too!



Show Us What You Bought Linky!

Come on over to Blog Hoppin' and link up!
just use this little sign from Krista in your post!


I'll start with the pure decor fun stuff!
Three things that I believe I cannot live without...and oh so cute!
each one of these ladies has an amazing sense of design and style! so uber talented!


and now for some academia! 
each of these ladies truly knows what a good product needs! and are very thorough!
Student Scrapbook from Erica
this is a perfect portfolio for the year! Parents will love it too!
Final blends and digraph posters and activities from Katie King
I am posting these behind my guided reading table and making the mini ones for groups!
Shades of meaning activities and 411 Short reading articles from Jen Jones
I want to use these with my higher readers-they are relevant and very well written!
2nd Grade Math interactive notebook from Blair Turner
obvious one here! This product was highly recommended to me by our 3rd grade team!
and I'm always looking for ways to kick off the year with Daily 5!

and what are a few things I already own (or made) that I recommend?
Pair up my genre posters (the colorful or bold set) with Michelle's Focus Board-perfection! 
I am cutting labels for mine right now!

another file that I get lots of use out of is my word sort pack! you can use the ideas with any list! and I know I am on my third different required program where I teach!

Need some spelling, you say? Well, aren't you in luck! My sweet friend Amanda JUST posted this bad boy! A complete differentiated spelling file!

need some writing? well, well...I have used these for awhile! Jamie combines a love of writing with the curriculum that shall not be named into some amazing products! with tons of options!

Need some borders for your own products? who doesn't need new borders! Snag Bubbly's newest set (Julia borders) which I have used on all my new products! Cause they're awesome! 

what? there's a sale?

haha! just kidding!
of course I know about the sale!
and seriously...don't forget to use the promo code!
I actually forgot one time and thought I was going to cry!

adorable sign from Krista of course!

Happy Shopping!
I'll be showing you what I snagged later on!


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