Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Classroom Reveal: Grade 3 PYP classroom

Hi there,

It's that time of the year again! The children in our school start tomorrow and the classroom is finally ready to go. Here's a photo tour around it. As I am in the same room with the same grade level, I've kept many things from last year. 

First off, here's the bulletin board for our first unit of inquiry. I've kept last year's idea of displaying the transdisciplinary themes on superhero style badges on a cape. However, I've added lots to the unit board this year. PYP teachers, look out on a blog post about then soon.

Next, I want to show you my teacher area. (Excuse the blurred out class list - it's much prettier without the smudges!). If you're interested in making those pom poms or the tassel and pom pom garland, check out my tutorials here and here. 

I particularly love the little South Park version of me on my name-sign. I made it using this South Park avatar creator. Here's a close up!

Here are some wider shots:

This is the main display outside the classroom. (I didn't take a photo this year as I've kept the same superhero theme going!):

Tomorrow, each of the children will colour a superhero and write some details about themselves on badges. I'll add those to the board afterwards. Here are some pics of how one of last year's superheroes turned out!

I still kept some more superhero accents around the room.

This Tiger basket that I decorated with mix and match clipart. Naturally the two glue sticks on the back didn't survive so I've just stuck with the circular "superglue" sign this year.

Of course, I couldn't resist labeling the bins superhero-themed too.

Here is our behaviour management clip chart (and the cute colouring pencil desk tidys I made over the summer - I predict they won't last more than a week!!):

Keeping the Learner Profile in context, I added this "Are we being principled?" sign above our behaviour management clip chart.

Here's our magic maths words display:

My school is having a big focus on problem-solving in maths this year so I wanted to make a more prominent maths vocabulary board in the classroom. This is the basic board. The children will suggest words (e.g. add, total, plus, more) to put in each section as the year goes on. 
Title banner: Sparklebox
Symbols: Fun for Learning
Adhesive googly eyes and ribbon: Tiger

I've also kept this editing board:

The giant pencil was free from The Teacher Wife and the "capital letters detective" display was made by me (and is available in my TPT store).

Next is the calendar/birthday board. This year I added on our class jobs on either side. The children will each have their name on a peg so they can be easily moved each week.

Owl-themed classroom birthdays display: Halle Hird
Owl-themed calendar set:Apple Girl Amber 
Header: Sparklebox
All other elements were made by me.  

Reflection / reading area:

I've got 6 sheets in the reflection area - collaborative group reflection, peer assessment, 2 stars and a wish, self-assessment of understanding, PYP Learner Profile goal-setting sheets and PYP attitude goal-setting sheets. You can get these from here if you like. Each child has an A5 sized plastic envelope in the box in which they keep their reflection sheets for the year.

Wonder wall and PYP Transdisciplinary Skills

I made all parts of the wonder wall and the skills posters. If you're in an IB school and want the skills, you can get them from here.

I hope you enjoyed this tour! 

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