Colonial America Decor

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  1. cutNglue

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    I'm thinking about decorating my room to reflect the colonial times period since we will study that later in the year. I don't want it to be overwhelmingly a social studies classroom since we won't actually touch on it until the second half of the room but I thought a subtle colonial theme approach might warm up the room and invite their interest. The problem is I haven't studied this period any time recently and I have no clue where to start. Any ideas?
     
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  3. TeacherMJ

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    Visit the Williamsburg website. It is all about Colonial Times and I'm sure you can find a lot of fun resources there too :)
     
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    Another idea might be to have a broader, more simply patriotic theme since in fifth grade you study U.S. History (including Colonial Times). They have some really cute America/Patriotic borders you could use. I have a book called Colonial Pocket Charts that I bought a a teacher supply store. It has lots of activities that I am sure you could use to inspire your decorations.
     
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    When we got into our Rev. War unit, my kids LOVED the replica Declaration and Constitution that I displayed. They were constantly trying to read them and figure out what they said. I was amazed--what an easy way to get them to read those documents! (Although I had to convince them that I had NOT stolen them, ala National Treasure :))
     
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    I did my room in Americana for two years. 5th grade, also. I loved it. The Susan Winget series of posters and decorations goes beautifully, as does the Mary Engelbreit stuff. I found most of my decorative items at thrift stores. I had a lot of painted wooden things and stuck to a red, white, and blue color scheme. There is a really nice cursive letter frieze with each letter represented by something to do with American history.
     
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    make a tree somewhere in the room and write "Croatoan" on it... imagine how much they'll love it once you get to Roanoke!
     
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    That's it! I'm not looking to make my whole room into a social studies theme. A subtle Americana theme is what I'm aiming for. I may run out of time and my walls will barely hold the academic stuff I need to display but if you have pics I would love to see it.
     
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    If I have some time, I wouldn't mind stopping and looking for those history pocket books you guys are talking about.
     
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    I really like that idea!
     
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    I don't have any pictures handy (sigh). Sorry. I found a shabby chic bench that had been painted rusty red with a checkerboard on it, then aged, and another wooden step stool. I found a small cabinet that was painted dark red with an American flag on it. I used that for tapes and CDs. I used red painted baskets to hold things. The Susan Winget line has posters with the theme of patriotism. I used those. I had a red and white checked valance over the door. I used all wood accessories and trays for work and supplies. Even all my seasonal decorations were made of painted wood. And, again, I think I got all of them at the thrift stores.
     
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    Nevermind. I went to see my new room. The colors are sea green and blue.
     

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