I posted this in the main forum for Elem. teachers, but then I saw this 4th grade one and need ideas!!! I just received my first teaching job in the 4th grade. I will be teaching Literacy & S.S. The teacher before me had an area in her room that she called the "Book Nook." The kids loved it and she had a futon, 2 bean bags, 2 butterfly chairs, and 2 large pillows for the kids to rotate daily and have a spot in the room for independent reading. I loved that idea and would like to do the same thing, but I am having a hard time trying to decide what chairs and things to put in it. I have a pretty big classroom and the school was built last year, so I'd like to get something fairly nice. I also would like to get something reasonably priced. Any ideas for fun and good ideas for a reading area? Also, any other first year teaching advice would be greatly appreciated too! I am so excited and nervous all at the same time!!!