Second Grade Nest: Setting Up.... Small Group

Monday, July 20, 2015

Setting Up.... Small Group

Last week, I blogged about setting up your classroom library. This was so much fun for me because that's my favorite area in a classroom. This is the 2nd edition of the Setting Up series. This week's post focuses on small group nooks! Small group is a staple in most classrooms, but sometimes, they can be tough to keep up with or keep organized. I hope to bring you some ideas and inspiration for your small group nook!

Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies

When setting up and teaching small group, it is very important three key points.
*Student ENVIRONMENT
*Teacher DATA TRACKING
*Material ORGANIZATION


[Focusing on Organization]
Paper work, books, pencils, pens, highlighters, witch fingers, white boards, expo markers, sentence strips, and more! Small group area has a LOT that goes with it. And organizing it isn't always easy. Here are a few ideas that I found that may help you out!
Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
(Source: Teaching in High Heels)
The guided reading bucket is a huge life saver because you can carry it with you wherever you go. Love this idea from Teaching in High Heels where she keeps them all in one place. 

Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
(Source: Miss DeCarbo)
Color coordinate your baskets to help keep your groups together. 

Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
(Source: First Grade Nest)
Back to color coding. This is from my blog post where I talk about each of my groups being a different color and I kept their folders and paperwork in color coordinated drawers. 

Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
(Source: Ms. Jump's Class)
Love the idea of velcro so that you can move kiddos around if needed. 

Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
(Source: Fabulous in First)
This set up is so fun and leaves minimal distractions for your students. 

Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
(Source: Books, Bunting, and Bainbridge)



[Focusing on Student Environment
Student environment is what I consider to be what the kiddos see when they sit at the table with you. The colors, the chairs, the bulletin boards, the place mats in front of them. Basically, this key point of small group is another way of saying "pretty spaces". Here are a few pretty pics that I found from other bloggers and myself that may inspire some fun decorating!
Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
(Source: Miss DeCarbo)

Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
(Source: Mrs. Wills Kindergarten)
This is just perfect. Calming and soothing environments will help keep kiddos calm! 

Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
(Source: First Grade Fingerprints)
These are dry erase circles! They stick to the table. You need these. 

Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
(Source: KFUNdamentals)
I love this idea to have each kiddos have their own work areas.



[Focusing on Teacher Data Tracking]
Data, data, data! Keeping up with all the paperwork is a very vital part of small group. I found a few pins and blogs that talked about the wonderful ways to track your data and keep you ahead!
Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
Grab my FREEBIE here!

Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebiesClassroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
 (Source: The Thinker Builder)

Holy Data, Batman!
This blog post is amazing at looking at student data and placing in the most perfect group!

Classroom Organization and Decor- Setting up for small group- tips and hacks for back to school set up- setting up for guided reading or small group area with organization hacks and freebies
(Source: First Grade Garden)




https://www.pinterest.com/elementarynest/small-groups/
All of these ideas and MORE are found on
this SMALL GROUP PINTEREST BOARD
Come on over to find even more ideas.


2 comments:

  1. Smart! Thanks for getting all this one one spot. I am drooling over some of these table set ups!

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