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This is by far the area of my classroom that receives the most questions... mostly because of the shape and size of my table. To be honest, it was actually an old hexagon shaped table that I believe was used as a computer station. Our maintenance crew cut the table in half and added some rubber edging along the inside edge. It really is the perfect size for my classroom, and it easily fits six seat crates.
The Seat Crates
I made these seat crates about four years ago as a way to add extra storage options in my particularly small space. Since I already had the black file crates and plywood, my only expense was the seat foam and fabric. These crates work well as an alternative seating option for my students, and are low enough to slide under the table. I bet you are probably wondering what I keep inside them... Four of them hold all of my book sets on CD, while the other two house our students' goal and data folders.
The Storage Bins
I also receive a lot of questions about what I store inside all of the bins behind my guided reading table. The big bins along the top of the shelf hold all of the materials for each day's lessons, as well as extra copies for morning work, emergent readers and center activities. The big, pink tubs along the bottom hold all of my mentor texts and themed read alouds. As an aside, I also have a large classroom library for my students.
Now, back to bins on these shelves!
I keep all of my teacher manuals, data binder, and larger guided reading supplies, such as touch lights, Slinkys, Playdoh, etc. in the lime green bins. Each of the drawers contain alphabet, rhyming and segmenting activities and other guided reading supplies, as well as each group's guided reading books. Our color coded phoneme segmentation and blending cards also fit easily inside.
I do believe I will be eliminating two of the lime green tubs this year, and adding additional drawers for our guided math materials. You can read a more detailed post about what's inside the guided reading drawers here.
The Wall Pops
Here are a few ways I used the Wall Pops to practice and reinforce skills:
1. Proper Number Formation
2. Number Sense
3. Counting Backwards
4. Dice Addition
5. Turn Around Facts
6. Fact Families
7. Proper Letter Formation
8. Properly Writing Names
9. Identifying Beginning Sounds
10. Segmenting Words
11. Word Families
12. Segmenting Words and Recording Sounds
Find other great tips on my "Guided Reading / Small Group" board on Pinterest.
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