Welcome to our Grade 6 classroom! In other words, our home-away-from-home for 10 months of the year, 5 days a week.
Take a tour of how we use our space everyday.
Our classroom library is the coziest place in our classroom. We have shelves and shelves of great books, organized by genre and theme. The bulletin board displays our current learning goals in Language class, and the couch and chair provide comfortable seating to curl up with a good book during independent reading time. Some house plants help to bring a nice feel to the whole area.
The guided reading table is used to conduct reading conferences, and small group guided reading sessions. It also provides a good work space during group projects, not to mention, making a great lunch table!
No more chalk for us! We do all of our lessons and activities on the smartboard. This allows us to save our work, and organize each week's lessons. It's also a lot more fun and interactive than a regular old chalkboard.
Our "Words to Know" wall is a list of important terminology for each current unit of study. The word wall is updated as often as necessary and will change throughout the year as we learn more and more new vocabulary.
Organization is an important skill to master, especially in the Junior grades. These anchor charts help us to remember how to neatly set up our notes, and organize the belongings in our desks.
This bulletin board space is reserved for our French teacher, Madame C. Here she displays anchor charts and resources for the current unit of study in la class de Français.
In an attempt to encourage more independence amoung students, we have adopted the "ask 3 before me" rule. This allows students to problem solve independently and work together when necessary.
The carpet area is where we meet for class discussions, small group lessons, and prayer services. It is also a cozy space to do some group work, or play board games during a rainy day, indoor recess.
The prayer space is a prominent focal point in our room. The table cloth is decorated with each of the students' names, and on top of the table we have arranged items which help to focus our prayers, and remind us about the liturgical season we are in. During our classroom prayer services, we gather around the table to pray and reflect together.
This is our math wall. It's empty right now, but by the end of the year, it will be filled with action statements of all of the things we have learned in each strand of mathematics. We will be adding in action statements every time we learn/understand something new in mathematics.
We have two computer work stations in our classroom for individual use. We also have a full computer lab, and iPads for classes to sign out and use when needed.
Most students bring their own materials to use for their studies, but the craft shelf is the area to visit if you're in need of paper, writing utensils, calculators, rulers, glue bottles, markers, and many other craft supplies. On the bulletin board above the craft shelf is our monthly calendar and reminders board. We also direct our prayers toward the crucifix every morning and afternoon.
A daily schedule gives us a look at what's in store for the day ahead. The cards are magnetic so that they can be easily changed and rearranged each day.
Our belongings, like our outdoor clothing, backpacks, lunch pails, gym clothes etc, are kept (hopefully neatly) along the corridor right outside our classroom.