Getting set-up for Bridges number corner activities and math workplace stations can be confusing at first. I'm a visual person, so to get ideas for my set-up, I searched the web for photos of how other teachers set up their rooms. I am here to pass on some classroom photos for others who are searching too.
This is my September number CORNER for second grade (a work in progress), which actually is more like a HALF WALL.
The biggest black pocket chart EVER needs its own bulletin board.
Because this chart is now the focal point in my room, I went to work adding a pop of color with a poppin' patterns calendar set to match my room theme.
I replaced the month header with a colorful one and placed small calendar numbers in front of the white cards. Once turned over, the numbers hide behind the larger card.
The letters from this easy bulletin board titles set came in handy for this colorful sign I printed on Astrobright paper.
Make Way for Number Corner!
Room Arrangement Tips
- You will need quite a bit of room for displays, materials and for a gathering area, so rearrange the desks and tables to create an open space.
- Two bulletin boards are helpful. One is for the jumbo pocket chart and the other to hang the Daily Rectangle grid. You can see the red and blue tiles on my grid.
- Below the grid, consider using a shelf to store your teacher number rack, student whiteboards, workplace bins or any materials you will need handy during number corner.
- There are many items to prepare for displays, vocabulary work and activities for each month. These will need to be hung as well. I have mine on two whiteboards next to the pocket chart.
- It is recommended to have a chart stand for your calendar grid observation charts and monthly skill charts that need to be created on large paper. I typed mine up and will someday enlarge them as posters so they can be saved and reused. Plus, I had to add some clipart from Melonheadz!
These charts change every month, so I am hoping that having a master in digital format will make editing easier.
Super Teacher Tools
Because many daily activities require that you record using a dry erase or wet erase marker, it is helpful to have a magnetic marker holder and whiteboard eraser.
I also purchased magnetic sentence strips from Lakeshore for the calendar collection titles and date.
My favorite purchase is the small black storage ottoman from Target that I use as my teacher stool/ binder rest. I love that I can be down at the students' level.
I'm sure my number corner will evolve as I figure things out and see how they work for my class.
I will keep you updated!
Now if I could only make sense of my binders...
If you have Bridges, you know what I mean!
Have a happy rest of the week!