Discussion in 'Fourth Grade' started by Miss Butterfly, Aug 12, 2009.
Aug 12, 2009
What do you do for classroom themes? I've never really had one before, but love the idea of it.
My first 2 years I did stars... I got a cute set from the teacher store and just bought extras here and there.
This year (year 3 for me), I'm doing polka dots. I got an awesome border that became my inspiration! My room is polka dot crazy! My neighbor is doing popcorn, and the other is doing seashell decorations (not really a theme)
Aug 13, 2009
I love the idea of polka dots! Very simple and easy to do--I like it!!
I did a detective theme last year. My 4th graders loved it!
That's another good idea! I teach mysteries to my fourth graders, so this theme would make lots of sense!
I did a board game theme this year. If you search for it I'm sure you can find my class pics.
Aug 14, 2009
I'm debating between a hotel theme (I know, weird right?) and a detective theme. My name is similar to a hotel chain that is why I am leaning towards that theme.
I am so jealous of everyone's themes. I feel like I can't get anything to fit with just math.
Um, what about games? there are a lot of games with numbers.
Here are a few:
all card games (poker is probably bad there are others like Crazy 8's, Kings in the Corner, War, Slap Jack, Rummy, etc)
jump rope rhymes
Farkle (family dice game)
board games where you roll the dice/spin
So your name is (like) Mrs. Holiday or Mrs. LaQuinta? LOL. Perhaps you can combine the two theme ideas you have- that would be really interesting. Maybe your classroom can be the main "lobby" and you can have detective work/decor revolving around that theme.
As for me, I have a travel theme.
Thank you Ms. Jasztal. I like your theme. You are so close with my name! ha ha. It is actually Ms. Quality Inn. J/k
I can't seem to decide for my room. I like combining the 2. I am picturing the game, Clue, set in a hotel instead of a mansion. Interesting thought.
I'm going away for the weekend and will think it all over. Hopefully I won't be around a computer. I need a break. I am sure I will check in before I go though.
Aug 15, 2009
I did this last year too! It was great; I pulled out mini-mysteries whenever I had a bit of extra time, and the kids loved it!
Aug 18, 2009
I am doing a camping theme this year. I have a little mini-tent, sleeping bags, and pillows with "woodsy" pillow cases. I am excited to see what the kids think of it!
I still have yet to be inspired by a new idea. Thinking superhero or iPods now but am not sure. uughh.
I like your ideas Carlea, Lynn and Dunwool. Hoping your inspiration will rub off on me.
Have a great day! Heading to the classroom to clean... again!
Aug 20, 2009
I am going with iPods. Thanks Ms Jasztal.
I put up light blue paper on the Bb. I then put red construction paper (landscape direction) for each student. Then on the red paper I put an iPod for each student on one side and on the other I will display their writing. I will put their pictures on the screen part of the iPod. I don't have pictures yet but I can send anyone the iPod if they want it. It turned out really cute I think. On top of the board I put "iTune into writing".
Aug 21, 2009
That's such a cute idea...I may borrow that later on in the year
If you PM me your email address I will send the iPod I made in Word to you if you would like to see it. I still haven't taken pictures yet. I will as soon as I find my camera.
Aug 22, 2009
I'm using a wild west theme ... "ranch hands" for jobs, "wanted for good behavior" ... things like that. the other themes sound great!
Aug 23, 2009
I would say I have a lot of little themes throughout my room. I get on here and I see pictures and read ideas that are generated and I love them all! This is my favorite forum I love all you guys! Thank you so much for every idea. Check out my website and pictures of my class you'll see what I mean. http://web.me.com/jporter308/Classroom_144/Welcome.html
I like your website Mrs. Porter. Thanks for sharing!
Aug 26, 2009
I did a western theme this year...usually I am not too "themey", but I had had purple star fabric and pink plaid border for about two years, maybe three. I had a little girl three years ago in May, so my room did not change much after her birth. This year I was ready for a change. I will try to post pics, but I think I am too new to attach pics. I will try though.
Aug 30, 2009
can you email me your ipod? I think that is a really cute idea!
ebarb, I am more than happy to send it to you. PM me with your email address and I will send it to you. Thanks!
Jul 26, 2010
So I was thinking of doing a bee them only because bees are my schools mascot. Is this too simply for 4th grade? If so how can I be creative with it so that it works with older kids.
*side note: this is my first year teaching, and choosing the school mascot for my theme was the first thing that came to mind. I was going to decorate the wall above the kids lockers to say "Buzz on in to fourth grade and Bee the best you can bee" I was going to have a bee hive up with bees flying around it that have the students names on them (so they know they are at the right room).
Well, bee stuff is definitely easy to find.
I'm doing spy/detectives. I'm very jazzed about it. I do a theme every year and have enjoyed every single one.
Themes help me organize, stay consistent and save me money over the year's time. Plus, we have fun!!
So how exactly do you tie your theme into every subject and aspect of your class throughout the year?
I use it as the skeleton, if you will, of my discipline, incentives etc. Then, I continually refer to it. I use lingo that goes along with it.
In the case of detectives, it is all about uncovering truth. This can apply to content as well as study habits.
If you were to do polka dots, you could use the qualities of a circle for math, make venn diagrams etc. You could talk about inclusiveness using a circle. Polka dots talk about culture, dances, polkas
Punctuation with dots. Lots of things if you start thinking about it.
However, I try to pick things that lend themselves to accumulating good points or climbing a ladder(ie cities, businesses, sports, organizations like NASA, etc) That allows me a structure. It gives them a goal to attain that results in rewards and privileges. Then, I work anything else from that. Is that making sense? However, not every single lesson will always fit the theme in a pure sense. It is a skeleton.
Another theme question. I'm trying to have options. I'm not sure whether I want to stick with the "bee theme" or go with a "bean/vegetables/greens" theme since my last name is greene. Then my students could be my "greene beans' lol.
If anyone has any ideas for the greene beans idea PLEASE tell me a.s.a.p. I would love to get stuff done and figure out how to do this. I would much rather do the greene beans theme over the bee one. Maybe I could just do a "cooking theme" and they could still be my greene beans. The reading groups could be named after different greens (collards, mustards, kales, etc.) lol. I know weird huh?
Thanks in advance
Aug 4, 2010
I don't have a room theme, although I'd like one. I used an iPod bulletin board last year (persmission granted from the teacher on this site that created it) that I will use again.
I'd like a room theme but don't know of any places to get some.