Class theme for 5th grade

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  1. bpatrick04

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    I am a new 5th grade teacher and I am using the Hollywood theme. I am using lots of "star" sayings. I have Lights Camera Action Read in the class library, lots of decorations, there are lots of things online in forums I have found ideas for this. Good Luck!
     
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    I thought so much about themes but didn't have a lot of room to make a big one. So my theme is pugs. I love pugs and have so much stuff so I took it all to school. My boys rolled their eyes at first but then they were the first ones to buy me more pug stuff.

    My whole school tends to do themes based on what they like or collect but if I didn't the USA?Route 66 theme sounds fun and educational. Don't think my pugs really have a big point:)
     
  3. Mrs. Long

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    Ok, I just saw my classroom, and I'm concerned. It is very small with no bulletin boards. The walls have plenty of room for stuff, though. There are three chalk boards- one I will probably use for teaching, and the other two will probably be bulletin boards.

    I guess my question is how do you start. I seem to have forgotten everything I learned when it came to classroom setup. I will take any ideas for desk set up. . .anything. I was disappointed when I saw my classroom; it wasn't at all what I expected. I don't mean to complain, but I feel very unsure I know what to do.

    Thank you for all your help!

    Kristin
     
  4. Ms.Jasztal

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    (Nearly chokes on a Skittle) Mmmmmm!!!! You got me excited about my Jasztalville theme. My Science/S.S. area is called the Jasztalville Museum of Science and Industry.

    My classroom library is called the Jasztalville Public Library.
     
  5. shouldbeasleep

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    Mrs. Long: If you are allowed to, buy thin corkboard squares and hotglue them up to make a bulletin board.
     
  6. LeslieC

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    We have a school-wide space theme to really target on our science curriculum. On our grade level, we are doing space/Star Wars. I've bought some Star Wars mini-figure cut-outs to use for class helpers, identifying jobs during experiments, grouping. Our theme, unless I change it again, is "Blasting Our Way Through a Stellar Year". I'm trying to find some cheap glow in the dark sheets to use for my science word wall. Also, I'm finding some great quotes on patience, hard work, diligence from Episodes 3-6.
     
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    Wow, some great ideas! My theme this year goes with my website theme: "Wild About..." My outside bulletin board will have animal print border with zebra letters that say "Wild About 5th Grade!" and a red background. Throughout the year this board will display projects, papers and other work.

    Inside, I will have different areas of the room designated for for each curriculum areas, such as "Wild About Math" for our math area. I will be making some trees for a few corners of the room and have some animal print rugs and a jungle print on the reading loveseat. Hopefully it will all pull together. :)
     
  9. Matt633

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    missred---onthe first day you could have you kids write an essay, "What I am wild about....to tell about the things they like...and gives you a chance to see what their writing skills are like.

    Mrs. Long---look around on this site, there are many pics of classrooms for ideas---you don't have to have BB's just put up some sort of background like paper or material, whatever size fits the space and but border around it and you have an instant BB to fit your space.
     
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    Monkeying around in 5th grade

    Does that sound like everyone will just be playing/goofing off and not really getting any work done? I had thought of using a construction theme complete with yellow and black borders, hard hat labels, etc. but thought it sounds too much like all work and no play. I don't know...
     
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    I think you'd be okay with Monkeying aroung in 5th grade because I'm assuming your focus will be on monkeys?

    I like the construction theme. There is bulletin border that has Kids at Work on it and it looks like caution tape, which would be perfect! I bought it through a teacher catalog a couple years ago, but don't remember which one.
     
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    To me that does sound like goofing off. How about using that phrase on your behavior chart? I forget which thread it was on, but someone's "best behavior" slogan was "no monkeying around." I think she has a jungle theme, too.

    I'm still deciding, but I think I'll end up picking a jungle and a space theme (since I can't pick!), and I'll be using "no Monkeying" on my chart. Just an idea.
     
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    I have seen that border. It is the one I was refering to! The "monkying around" was kind of to go with the jungle theme that was mentioned.
     
  14. Matt633

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    Runs....Make vines out of twisted brown paper and using the monkeys do "Swinging into Fifth grade" "No Monkeying around we are the best class in town" I used these with a jungle theme. Behavior chart....No monkeying around...whose the best behaved in class? Just an idea
     
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    Last year my theme was "Soar into 5th Grade." I used hot air ballons etc. The year before that I did "Licensed to Learn." I made licenses for each student and took their pictures on the first day. I put them on the licenses and laminated them. I have no clue for this year. :confused:
     
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    Wow! Great ideas! In "Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire," he makes a board with license plates from each state that spells out the Preamble. It is really cool! It's based on a piece of art in the Smithsonian. You can order the poster, too.
     
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    I LOVE that idea, DTT. You can see a picture of it here:
    http://steeplemedia.com/blogs/junk_...e-to-the-constitution-mike-wilkins-style.aspx

    I'm going to work on making those license plates into a PDF if you want to print them out and make your own. I'll post when it's done.
     
  18. Jem

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    Whoo-hoo! It's done, and it looks pretty cool. If you want to do the license plate BB, here you go! I'll post this under general ed, too, for those who don't teach fifth grade.

    http://www.realclassroomideas.com/94.html
     
  19. smalltowngal

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    Thanks for sharing, Jem
     
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    Wow, excellent Jem! It will help me with teaching SS! So much to capture. I wish my memory was like an external hard drive so that I can remember it alll!
     
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    That is really cool! I wonder when it was created. Nebraska's liscence plate in the photo is a pretty old one.
     
  22. runsw/scissors

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    I really like the "Swinging Into 5th Grade". I think I'll go with that one. I already have the desk plates, so I'll only need to pick up a few more things!
     
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    Construction Theme Idea for Fall 2008 ...
    This might have already appeared in someone else's reply, but it's very cool. Instead of bulletin board borders...use bright yellow "Under Construction" plastic ribbon. It's a lot cheaper and looks great. I found some cones at Oriental Trading that fit right in with the theme. Desk plates: I cut out bright yellow hard hats. Check the party stores for matching stuff in the Bob the Builder section. Bob is too childish, but I found a bag of plastic cones and little construction signs. I haven't figured out what I'll do with them:) Stickers and little junk will have a new home in my great $5.00 bright yellow tool box from Menards! I just finished (TODAY) covering my bulletin boards with new fadeless paper and have all the borders up! Yea! It's been raining here for a week so it seemed like a great idea. I covered the boards with some used plastic table cloths. (I knew they would be useful one day!) I'm sooooo glad I didn't have time to clean my closets this spring. I still have my bibs!! I'm way too old for them but what great incentive to ditch ten pounds! I think I'll accessorize with a new tool belt! This is a fun theme. I hope it's OK if I 'borrow' a few of your ideas!! Have a great summer!! This grandma of three little boys is ready to rock!!
     
  24. kermy

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    i never thought of a theme for the year! i'm so excited. and I'm going to start to organize my notes of ideas. I sub right now so i have a bunch of note cards of ideas. Thanks! :)
     
  25. Mrs. Porter

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    Construction Theme

    Our school just did a construction theme. "The Road to Success is always under Construction" If you need any other ideas just send me a message.
    ~J:rolleyes:
     
  26. breneem

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    I used a construction theme this past year, and one coll thing about it was that there was a sign "quiet zone" that I hung above the classroom library, well from day 1 & on the kids asked if they could go to the "quiet zone" instead of the library. In the past, they would ask if they could go to the library, and I would ask "you mean the big one, or this one?" Totally eliminated that :)
     
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    Theme in 5th grade

    There are some great ideas here!!! I love to do themes and even the older kids like it. I try to do something different every year. I'm thinking of a Jungle/Safari/Survivor type theme for next year. At the end of the year last year we voted for awards for our classmates (like superlatives) and I made a Survivor certificate for each kid. Since I'm looping with this class, I thought it would be fun to continue this theme with them. Any ideas for things I can do with the theme?
     
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    If I am hired for a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom, I want to paint my walls in soothing colors and "write" quotes in seemingly random places on the walls. My latest favorite is: "and he takes the sound of my name and draws it on the ground." attributed to Booker T. Washington in More than Anything Else by Marie Bradby. I've been in a reading/spelling methods class this week, and our instructor read this book to us - it had me in tears!
     
  29. Matt633

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    PW--great idea about the quotes but just in case someone likes the idea but can't paint on their walls there is a web site (I found it on e-bay) that has all kinds of quotes that are stick on letters. They come off the wall easily and they come in different colors and fonts. I am even ordering one from ABC Distributing.
     
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    Wow, great idea, Matt! What did you search for on ebay? Do they have different fonts? I don't know what my future boss (aka P) will allow, so I need to be prepared, lol!
     
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    Music to my ears

    I teach 5th grade and am always trying new things to keep it interesting for myself. I like to change it up.

    I did a theme two years ago based on musical terms. Something like Fifth Graders Rock that was posted earlier. My classroom helpers were the weekly composers. The library was the conservatory, the writing center was the Composition center, the math bulletin board had a piano boarder and said Keys to math success. There were others as well, all my 'notes' home were on note shaped paper. The students that year learned a lot about the music industry through cooperative games and just terminology that I knew and learned for this theme.

    The year before that I was piloting a new science curriculum called the Dreams of Flight. We had planes, hot air balloons, blimps, kites, and all sorts of flying machines around the room. All of my jobs were based on airport jobs. Security (line leader), baggage handler (lunch basket), ticket sales (assignment notebook checker)... It goes on and on you can have so much fun with this. Oh and I skydive so I had to throw some of that in there too.

    Themes are so much fun and you can truly build your year on it.

    Have fun!! The kids will and so will you.:p
     
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    I used construction theme last year. I found really cute things at the dollar stores: tool shaped pencil sharpeners, plastic tool boxes, etc. My Bulletin board was "Building Character" and I incorporated the Character Counts program my school uses.

    One thing I thought of but didn't get was canvas apron tool belts. I thought it would be great to tie around the back of the students' chairs as a chair pocket.
     
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    You could always do a literary figures theme, or historical figures. I also like the road map idea!
     
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    tool aprons

    I did a construction theme a few years ago. It was great!!! Our PTO also got tool aprons from Home Depot for our Spring Fling - If anyone is thinking about this theme, you might check with them.
     
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    Thanks for sharing, Jem!!! This is great!!!:D
     
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    I am doing a camping theme this year. I have found a lot of good ideas online for younger classrooms and have just adjusted it a little. I am doing things like a Theme Trail with areas for SS, Science, and Reading themes, and Mountain Math, Writing Waterfall, my behavior system has different items to represent talking (woodpecker), backpack (touching other people's things), bear (being gruff, disrespectful). I have started putting my class together because we start school in 2 weeks and it is really looking cute - I think the students are going to like the outdoorsy and warm feeling of the classroom.
     
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    I am returning to 5th grade after having taught 3rd and 2nd for the past three years. I am excited! I have been looking for a theme as well and think I found one here! I love the 5th Graders Rock idea. Our 5th graders are assessed in music and this would be a great way to fit in many of the music terms, etc. I thought maybe I would go to the flea markets or yard sales and find some records (can't wait for the kids to ask what they are) :) and put them around the room with center signs on them. I like the idea of sending notes home to parents on paper with music notes on it. Something along the lines for a newsletter could be "Music to Your Ears". What do you all think and do you have any other wonderful ideas I can "steal"?
     
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    How about this????

    I am not much into the whole cute thing either and last year was my first year in 5th grade as well (after teaching tech for 8 years before being moved) I did my entire classroom in black and white and I LOVED it and so did the kids. Some of my students even dressed in black and white! I found some coasters that were skull and crossbones that I used as warnings for student behavior and that was simple. (found them at the dollar store) I also used a black and white polka dot shoe orangizer as a token bag for each student. I had a great time using this theme. Just debating if I want to continue with it or not. Think I will since I bought so much stuff for it.

    BTW - I even found some really cool black & white chairs on craigslist that I used in my reading lounge and the kids loved them too!

    Good luck!:D
     
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    Was ther any particular reason you went with black and white?
     
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    I had 5th grade this year for the first time and went to "Really Good Stuff" and bought their "Challenge yourself to be successful" posters and banners then did the room in hot pink, orange, purple and lime green with a little black thrown in! We had paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling (dollar store) and I found striped curtains with all of the same colors in it. I also found a bunch of motivational posters in neon colors! We had two reading areas- one with a hot pink butterfly chair and a purple saucer chair with a matching 4x6 rug from Walmart (19.99) some big neon colored pillows--the second had a black and lime green chair w/ ottoman and pillows and matching rug again from Walmart---it ended up being like a guys section and a girls section---but it never deterred them from sitting in either area. Besides reading areas, I used these areas as rewards and let kids work in the chairs using the ottomans and clipboards! The kids loved the room and thought it was "grown-up" but soo cool.
     

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