Science Room Tour

 

Hi there, friend! I’m thankful you stopped by for a visit.

Here’s a follow-up to my Math Room Tour. This collection of photos basically serves as a way to memorialize my early teaching years. That way, when I’m old and gray, I can show my grandchildren pictures of my class and say, “See kids, there used to be these devices called ‘books.’ ” 😉

As I shared in the Math post, I teach at an independent school and have the luxury of focusing on just two subject areas: Math and Science. It should be said that I love the subjects I teach wholeheartedly and get as giddy as the kids during experiments.

IMG_1819First stop is our reading nook. The turtle was a happy Kirkland’s clearance find, and I pray it lasts through a few classes because I love him and hope to take him home when we (Lord willing) have children of our own. I haven’t named him yet, and I now realize what a disappointing fact that is. Timmy Turtle? Pokey? What works?

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One of the first organizing tasks I tackled was to sort the books into groups by topic, then place them into front-facing bins. I truly believe this is a helpful way to organize books for young children, rather than simply leaving the spine exposed. A classroom volunteer helped me to sort books, cut labels, and adhere them.
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This long set of trapezoid table serves a location for centers, and stores Big Books right beside our library.

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I keep recent newsletters on the bulletin board for students, parents, and visitors. This was our First Grade’s Science fair note.

I have a strong urge to include corny jokes and puns related to the content on each document, but sometimes I manage to resist.

IMG_1826These bookshelves contain various curriculum components, and FOSS kit drawers. Ask me how much I love FOSS kits, and you may have to fake an emergency or illness to get me to stop.

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Though my Second-Grade students made these way before Christmas, I haven’t had the heart to take them down. That day, a student from each group was traced, then the group rounded up their white crayons and colored pencils to sketch their own versions of a human skeleton as we reviewed each (major) bone. IMG_1828

Safety first! I store goggles and aprons in these bins, and the students have learned to get them independently, then ask a neighbor for help in tying the aprons. 🙂 IMG_1829

The table to the right of my whiteboard holds Clorox wipes for easy clean up, board essentials, and my materials folders like the ones in the Math room (these were from Target). IMG_1830

Why is there a decorative frog, clock, and watering can on this shelf? To be cute, of course! I mean, I could loosely tie them in to our Plant and Animal Classification units, but let’s be honest. They serve absolutely no educational purpose, but sure make a big, blank wall a little happier.

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These are our second-grade kids’ cubbies. I make no apologies for their disheveled appearance. This is what we call “keeping it real,” guys. My sweet aunt, a reading specialist, gave me the stuffed Clifford, giraffe, and tiger with companion books during my first year of teaching.IMG_1833

This anchor chart hangs just to the right of the cubbies to try and help the students stay organized. With a picture, it’s easy for the kids to see what needs to added/removed at a glance. IMG_1835

My Science desk, which I admittedly rarely use. On the left is a rocker from my own childhood nursery. It’s another item I hope survives elementary school in one piece. 🙂 The rug was a Kroger marketplace steal and serves as a great meeting area.

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