That is what this blog post is all about…. When I first started teaching, I went to the teacher stores that sell workbooks, bulletin board paper and sets, and posters. Posters that I remember from when I was a child, like this one:
Coming back to teaching first grade after a few years at home or in another grade? First time teacher getting a job in first grade? It can be a daunting task moving to a new grade level and setting up a classroom!
I remember my first year as a teacher moving into my new first grade classroom. My parents had helped me move the stuff I had collected during college.
We piled it in my brand new classroom and it all fit in like a 5 by 5 square. My sweet, sweet principal came down to check on me and said, "Where's all of your stuff? So, after 10 years of experience in first grade, here is my list of things you just can't live without in your first grade classroom from a minimalist's perspective!
They are great for an up close dry erase board on the carpet, a place to hang and write on current anchor charts, and perfect for holding big books during shared reading. Even in this day of tons of technology, don't sacrifice the easel!
This is the easel that I got my first year teaching. Now these were the days before interactive whiteboards think teaching with overhead projectors and vis-a-vis markers It has a ton of storage, a perfect holding place for charts and big books.
It has a large footprint. And even though it does work well for big books, the books sit lower on that than on a taller easel so the words can be difficult for everyone to read in the back. If you are worried about these issues, try this easel that I have also taught with.
This one is great, but lacks the storage! Whatever your priorities are, an easel is a must! I had one and never used it. Just didn't work for me because it took up space on my table or back counter. Forget shopping for any old rug. It won't cut it. In my first 4 years of teaching I went through 4 rugs.
That's a rug every single year if your math is bad! Some were too small and a few didn't match my theme well enough, but all of them unraveled at the corners and were basically threads by the end of the year.
And I'm a carpet Nazi, ya'll. Like, don't you even think about messing with my carpet, kids! But it just happens. They are 6 and the basic rugs just don't hold up. Finally, 7 years into teaching and 6 carpet rugs later I bit the bullet and bought this carpet rug. No, it didn't match my western themed classroom.
But it was the best investment. No messed up corners and roomy enough for all 25 of my firsties.Anchor charts can be used with younger students to support their independence with the writing process, writing content, and mechanics.
In the upper grades, anchor charts can support students to increase the sophistication of . 🔥Citing and more! Add citations directly into your paper, Check for unintentional plagiarism and check for writing mistakes.
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This makes the chart interactive, and once students get it, the anchor chart is consistently updated throughout the year-my kids pretty much take over the chart!
For fourth grade, the standards do not emphasize 3rd person omniscient and limited, but I do show them the difference. In this unit you will find 3rd grade Common Core Posters/ Anchor Charts for % of the Literature and Informational Text standards.
The charts in this unit are similar to the tools found in my 3rd Grade Interactive Reading Notebook.4/5().