Hello, Year 20!
(WOW, I can’t believe I just typed that!)
Whether you’re new to Teach Outside the Box or have been following along with me for awhile, I’m so happy you’re here and can’t wait to share my new classroom theme with you! This year, I’m remaining in my current teaching position as a Gifted Resource Coordinator for K-2nd Grade. My classroom also serves as an early childhood Makerspace on Mondays and Fridays!
This year, I wanted our classroom space to feel like a celebration every single day. I pivoted from soft, calming Boho colors to beautiful bright florals and sparkly disco balls, with fun surprises around every corner! My own two kids, Ellie (12) and Beau (9) helped with many of the details too.
I absolutely love how it turned out and can’t wait to hear what you think!
The party starts before my students even walk in to Makerspace!
We made this shiny disco “B” for Mrs. Brown out of a paper mache letter from JoAnn’s by painting it silver and adding some mirror tiles. The paper flowers were made out of Astrobrights paper and we used Happily Ever Elementary templates and tutorials.
This sign is a little tribute to Taylor Swift’s “Bejeweled” that I think suits our classroom perfectly! The large disco ball is from Schoolgirl Style and I made the letters in PowerPoint using KG Sorry Not Sorry Chub font and Astrobrights paper.
Here’s a peek at the view from my classroom windows. Black and White curtains are from Etsy. We made the flowers out of LEGO and vases out of toilet paper rolls wrapped in mirror tiles! This was by far Beau and Ellie’s favorite project!
Shall we have a dance party on this rug or play a game of chess?! How about BOTH?!
These STEM Posters are FREE in three color schemes just for my Teach Outside the Box subscribers! We refer to these posters often as we navigate the Engineering Design Process during our STEM challenges. Borders, die-cuts, and background paper are from the Schoolgirl Style Midnight Meadow collection. Black paper fans are found HERE.
Here is my Multiple Intelligences, or “Smarts” board that we’ll refer to all year long! At the beginning of the year, my students take an informal survey to identify their top 3 smarts. We connect all our yearly activities to our Smarts and consistently work on improving all of them. These Multiple Intelligence posters are available in my TpT shop in three color schemes and include both lower and upper grade versions. Border, die-cuts, and background paper are from the Schoolgirl Style Midnight Meadow collection. Black paper fans are found HERE.
One of my favorite features of my classroom has to be my “Make Your Mark on the World” wall. This was inspired by one of our favorite read alouds and STEM challenges that I share yearly with my students, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
These 12″ paper mache letters are from JoAnn’s. My daughter and I painted the letters black and decorated them with a variety of Makerspace materials like tissue paper, painted popsicle sticks and toilet paper rolls, hashtag blocks LEGO, and even mini paper airplanes! We used hot glue to adhere all the materials. Disco ball die-cuts are from Schoolgirl Style and I made the black letters with my Cricut using KG Sorry Not Sorry Chub font.
The large LEGO wall in the center is from Creative QT.
Here’s a closer peek at the letters:
The labeled bins on the shelves are filled with all our Makerspace supplies! The white bins with lids are from Walmart, and I made the labels using Schoolgirl Style’s UPrint Midnight Meadow Collection.
Black baskets are from Target in medium and small sizes.
Here is another statement wall in my classroom to inspire my students!
Background paper is Boxwood Better Than Paper and the LED Lightbulb sign is from Etsy. We made the letter and paper flowers out of Astrobrights paper using this tutorial from Happily Ever Elementary. “Ideas in Bloom” letters are KG Sorry Not Sorry Chub font.
I write our weekly learning targets on these posters near the door. Die-cuts are from Schoolgirl Style.
We jazzed up my teacher desk with some white wood Fadeless paper and LED disco ball garland!
I keep all of my weekly read alouds, copies, teaching materials, and more in these magazine files from Amazon.
Is there a more beautiful sight (or smell) than brand new school supplies?! These My First Ticonderoga pencils are my go-to every year, and I grabbed these table caddies from Target Dollar Spot.
August and September read alouds are out and ready!
I cannot WAIT to welcome my students back to our new in a couple of short weeks, and I hope my 20th year of teaching is my best yet!
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